Black and racialised people are greatly over-represented in mental health statistics. They are more likely to be diagnosed, medicated and sectioned, and less likely to be offered therapy. We have known this for years, and we also know that much of their distress is a response to racism. Yet nothing changes.
Hari will discuss how we can best understand the role of racism in distress. The language of racialised trauma might seem a step forward – but it also runs the risk of turning people’s reactions into medical or psychological conditions. Hari will suggest ways of keeping structural and social critiques centre stage. These are essential debates for anyone involved in ‘mental health’ and related systems, whether as professionals, users of services or both.
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