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What Is Racial Trauma?

Emotional or physical pain that results from experiences of racism. It involves ongoing and collective injuries due to exposure and re-exposure to experiences of racial discrimination, encounters with racial bias and ethnic discrimination, racism, and hate crimes.

You Might Experience

  • Anger
  • Sadness
  • Fear
  • Numbness
  • Disconnection
  • Hypervigilance
  • Increased sensitivity to threat
  • Anxiety
  • Tension
  • Intrusive thoughts or images
  • Decreased immune system functioning
  • Difficulty focusing or concentrating
  • Irritability

Self-Care

 Take a break from social media and news

 Do things that make you happy

 Acknowledge and validate your own feelings (anger, fear and sadness are normal responses to racial trauma)

 Communicate/share your feelings with those who can support you

 Plan activities that promote a healthy mind, body and spirit

 Journal your thoughts and feelings

 Share personal stories of racial experiences with people you trust

Weygand Hall

Counseling Services

Counseling Services is located in Weygand Hall, room 1110, and may be reached at 508.531.5331.

Additional Resources for BIPOC Students

Black Mental Wellness

The mission of Black Mental Wellness, Corp. is to provide access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, to highlight and increase the diversity of mental health professionals, and to decrease the mental health stigma in the Black community.

The AAKOMA Project

We bring a special focus on the unique experiences of people of color. As a result, we are able to engage with communities on a deeper, culturally-relevant level by conducting research and providing clinical support.

BlackLine

1.800.604.5841 provides a space for peer support, counseling, witnessing and affirming the lived experiences to folxs who are most impacted by systematic oppression with an LGBTQ+ Black Femme Lens.

Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.

Therapy for Black Men

TherapyForBlackMen.org was born from the idea that Black men and boys face unique challenges and stigmatization, and therefore need a dedicated space for seeking and finding mental health support. We’ve made it our mission to strip away that stigmatization and ease the process of finding help. By providing targeted resources and a database filled with professionals equipped to support men of color, our users can now obtain the help they need and deserve.

Mental Health America

MHA's work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need them; with recovery as the goal.

GLAD Racial Justice Resources

Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation. GLAD is committed to fulfilling this mission with urgency and perseverance. To succeed, we will lead boldly and be guided by the following aspirational values.

The Steve Fund

The Steve Fund is dedicated to the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.

Boston College — Racial Trauma Toolkit