Feb. 6, 2023

Racial trauma is real (Here's how to take care of yourself)

Racial trauma is real (Here's how to take care of yourself)

Ofosu's had a lot on his mind since the release of the video footage of Tyre Nichols being brutally beaten. So he and psychologist Dr. Maryam Jernigan-Noesi check in with each other and discuss the impact that race-related stress and trauma has on our mental and physical well-being. They also share practical tips for taking care of yourself after experiencing (or witnessing) a traumatic event.

▶️ You can watch the latest episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/oFnO8w3hrO0

📚 More about Dr. Maryam Jernigan-Noesi:
Dr. Jernigan-Noesi is a licensed professional psychologist with decades of experience as a scholar, clinical researcher, and mental health professional. She is a professor at St. Agnes College, where she heads the Intersections Research Lab, which investigates the effects of experiences of discrimination on health outcomes.

She is also the co-author of the paper #racialtraumaisreal. You can find that, along with the Racial Trauma Toolkit, here: https://www.mmjerniganassociates.com/racial-trauma/racialtraumaisreal/

🎧 What’s in this episode:

  • (00:00) Ofosu's reaction to the body cam footage being released
  • (01:30) Meet Dr. Jernigan-Noesi
  • (02:17) Why Ofosu isn't watching the footage
  • (03:20) The impact of race-related stress and trauma
  • (05:20) Checking in on Dr. Jernigan-Noesi's and Ofosu's emotions
  • (07:12) The effects of our exposure to race-related violence
  • (10:43) How to care for ourselves after experiencing a trauma response
  • (14:30) The importance of seeking support
  • (15:05) Resistance as a form of healing
  • (18:29) What's bringing Dr. Jernigan-Noesi life right now

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