Speaking Out About Racism Boosts Your Mental Health
Suppressing the anger and pain can actively damage what psychology researchers call ‘psychological fortitude’
“It’s not just me: Psychologists have found that talking or writing about racism can improve Black people’s mental health in various ways. Rheeda Walker, Ph.D., author of The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health, uses the term ‘psychological fortitude’ to refer to the resilience that Black people need to build in order to endure and recover from tough situations. According to Walker, processing and sharing emotions externally will help Black people maintain that psychological fortitude.” — Quinci LeGardye
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