Last week, a vote was put across the city counsel table in a town close to Denver to decriminalize jaywalking. While black people make up less than 10% of the population here, they accounted for 41% of the citations.
Give that a minute to sink in. Aside from those numbers being a significant deterrent from crossing in the middle of the street, it immediately makes me feel a little less wanted.
It’s a well-known fact that racism is a systemic problem that affects every aspect of our lives, including our mental health. It picks away at a community and our sense of well-being in those spaces.
That is the toxic impact of systemic racism. You feel less accepted in society with every instance you hear about, read about, or watch.
This post will explore this critical issue and learn how we can create positive change and improve our mental health in the face of systemic racism.
Systemic racism refers to how racial prejudice and discrimination are interwoven into our social, political, and economic systems. It perpetuates disparities and inequalities, limiting opportunities and access to resources for communities of color.
The impact of systemic racism on mental health is significant and can manifest as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental health issues.
The stress and trauma of dealing with racism on a daily basis, combined with the systemic barriers to accessing mental health care, create a vicious cycle that is difficult to break.
Addressing and dismantling systemic racism is essential for improving the mental health and wellbeing of communities of color. As a mental health therapist, I am responsible for providing therapeutic support to my clients and educating and advocating for systemic change. It is time for us to come together and work towards creating a more just and equitable society for all.
The stress and trauma of dealing with racism daily can lead to significant mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Additionally, systemic barriers to accessing mental health care can prevent Black individuals from seeking the support they need to heal and manage their mental health.
It is crucial to understand the impact of systemic racism on mental health to provide practical support and care to the Black community. This includes acknowledging and addressing the specific challenges and barriers faced by Black individuals, as well as working toward systemic change to eliminate these disparities and inequalities.
As a mental health therapist, I am responsible for providing a safe and supportive space for Black individuals to process their experiences with racism and work towards healing and resilience. By addressing and dismantling systemic racism, we can create a more just and equitable world for all.
Seeking therapy is an essential step toward healing and resilience. It can provide a safe space for Black individuals to process their experiences with racism and work toward growth and empowerment.
However, I also understand that systemic barriers and stigma can prevent Black people from seeking therapy. It is essential to recognize that seeking therapy is a sign of strength and courage and that therapy can be a powerful tool for healing and growth.
Make this the month that you prioritize your mental health, and I encourage Black individuals to reach out for therapy if they are experiencing mental health challenges. You do not have to face these challenges alone. Some mental health professionals understand the impact of systemic racism on mental health and are here to support you.
It is time for us to prioritize our mental health and wellbeing, and to seek the support and care that we need to heal and thrive. By coming together and breaking down the barriers to therapy, we can work towards creating a more just and equitable world for all.