Being Well with Dr. Rick Hanson

Institutional Racism and Traumatic Stress with Dr. Alfiee

Episode Summary

Racism and racist structures place an enormous mental health burden on the people they persecute. Dr. Alfiee joins me to discuss the mental health consequences of institutional racism, unique challenges faced by marginalized youth, disparities in access to mental health services, and the importance of "naming and claiming."

Episode Notes

Racism and racist structures place an enormous mental health burden on the people they persecute. Dr. Alfiee joins me to discuss the mental health consequences of institutional racism, unique challenges faced by marginalized youth, disparities in access to mental health services, and the importance of "naming and claiming." 

About Our Guest: Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble is a licensed psychologist who spent 20 years in academic medicine. She's the lead author of The Handbook of Mental Health in African American Youth, the host of the podcast "Couched in Color with Dr. Alfiee," and the founder of the mental health nonprofit the AAKOMA Project.

To join me in donating to the AAKOMA Project, follow this link.

CNN Townhall with Dr. Alfiee.

Key Topics:

3:30: The impact of institutional racism on mental health.

7:00: Forms of exposure to racism.

9:45: Allostatic load, weathering, and secondary traumatic stress.

15:30: Ways to manage traumatic stress.

19:45: Confusing stress and anxiety.

22:30: The importance of accurate labeling.

25:00: AAKOMA and availability of mental health resources.

29:00: Access, and the stigmatization of mental health.

33:30: Removing the stigma.

37:20: A message to your younger self.

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