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Racism can crush a person’s mental health.
In fact, racism negatively affects mental health because it causes depression, anxiety, and heightened psychological stress in those who experience it, research shows.
How can we help Latinos and other communities of color who experience racism every day?
To celebrate Mental Health Month in May, let’s use #SaludTues on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, to tweet strategies to reduce racism, help those who experience racism, and boost mental health in communities of color!
- WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: Racism and its Alarming Impact on Mental Health
- TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, May 1, 2018
- WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
- HOST: @SaludAmerica
- CO-HOSTS: Dr. Silvia L. Mazzula, executive director, Latina Researchers Network (@DrMazzula), Cheryl Aguilar, Hope Center for Wellness (@cheryl_aguilar), Hope Center for Wellness (@Hope_Center_) Project UROK (@ProjectUROK), Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (@LawyersComm),
- OPTIONAL HASHTAGS: #MentalHealthMonth
We’ll open the floor to your comments, tips, and stories as we explore:
- How does racism affect mental health?
- Who experiences racism?
- What can different sectors—healthcare, community leaders, schools—do to prevent racism and contribute to healthier minds?
Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter, and share stories and resources to build good mental healtnh among Latinos and communities of color.
Click here to learn about the Salud America! #SaludTues tweetchats, see upcoming and past tweetchats, and see how you can get involved.