Promoting Racial Equality in Student Mental Health

"Dr. Cirleen DeBlaere, associate professor in counseling psychology at Georgia State University, noted that only about 28 percent of students of color believe that their campus is inclusive according to a 2017 survey. In her own study, DeBlaere also found that over 70 percent of students of color experienced microaggression on campus and that would only be amplified by the pandemic. All these incidences of microaggressions can accumulate to [and] contribute to racial trauma,” she said, adding that hearing about other people’s experiences or seeing them on social media sites could have a negative impact on student's mental health. 'All of these have mental health implications in terms of depression, anxiety, lower self-esteem, binge drinking, and PTSD symptoms,' said DeBlaere." Read more here.

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