The article highlights how the impact of viewing violent imagery and footage can lead to PTSD-like symptoms and other long term mental health effects. Monnica Williams, a clinical psychologist from the University of Louisville addresses vicarious trauma and lived experiences of racism as creating what she called “race based trauma.” Williams discusses the many physiological and mental health problems that can result in viewing footage online and social media. Read the full article here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/black-pain-gone-viral-racism-graphic-videos-can-create-ptsd-like-trauma/#.V-GE1JHW4KQ.facebook
The NMSU Counseling & Student Development office feels that it is important to acknowledge institutional, structural and interpersonal oppression and violence, homophobia, religious intolerance, racism, and other forms of disempowerment. We encourage self-reflection to examine your personal feelings in regards to these events, to your cultural identities, and their intersectionality, to issues of power, privilege, and oppression. Rather than this be a divisive time, this can be a time for understanding, dialogue, empathy, acknowledgment and community-building.
As an office, we are available as a resource to assist in processing your feelings, experience and/or identities. For other possible campus resources, more information on our services and self-care strategies, please see the information available on our website.
Dealing with racism-related stress: