Topic: Several studies have shown a link between racial discrimination and depression. Victims of racism not only suffer from bouts of depression but from suicide attempts as well. As awareness is raised about the link between racism and depression, members of marginalized groups can act to prevent discrimination from taking a toll on their mental health.
Discussion Leaders: Dr. Larry J. Walker is a researcher and mental health advocate. His research examines the impact environmental factors (trauma) have on the academic performance and social emotional functioning of minority and underserved populations throughout the lifespan. Stephanie Slowly, LCSW-C is the deputy director of Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities. She is also the founder and owner of Slowly Behavioral Consulting, LLC; a firm that mergers the work of policy and applies it to practice. She works as a motivational speaker, non-profit organizer, and mental health therapist.