In My Backyard
In My Backyard
Season 2 Episode #19 – The Impact of Racism on Young People of Color

Today’s podcast revisits the pandemic of systemic and institutionalized racism against people of color, and the impact it has on the emotional well-being of children and youth.

The mental health system has long recognized that chronic stress has a negative impact on mental health, but it is only relatively recently that trauma and chronic stress are defined broadly to include societal elements such as poverty, community violence and racism and discrimination.

In this episode, Patricia speaks with Dr. Tierra Ellis, Founder and Executive Director of Psyches of Color. Psyches of Color is a non-profit organization focused on decreasing the stigma of mental health in Black and Latinx communities, by providing culturally relevant mental health services and support. The conversation explores the real-life impact of racism and discrimination on young people of color.

In My Backyard is brought to you by The Guidance Center, a children’s mental health agency in Long Beach, CA. In My Backyard is produced by Tricia Costales and Matthew Murray. Thank you to Jay Vincent B for original music. All other music licensed through SoundStripe. Thank you to our listeners and supporters.

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