Racial trauma is a term referring to the distressed reaction of racially oppressed groups to harmful experiences and real or perceived acts of discrimination. This phenomenon is similar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in terms of symptoms, but is especially related to personal and collective race-based traumatic events, as well as repeated exposure to these events.

With the historical ongoing challenges faced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, including police and state-sanctioned violence, hate crimes, discrmination, immigration concerns, and a myriad of ways that systemic racism affects our lives, it is imperative to be watchful of the harmful ways racial trauma can affect one’s mental health.

Self-care, community care, and mental well-being are paramount when facing racial trauma. Here are several BIPOC researchers, activist and clinician-developed or curated resources to help support the Emory community while navigating the ongoing fight against racism and oppression.

Online Resources


Resources for Addressing & Healing from Racial Trauma


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