Some people are reporting depression, anxiety and feeling hopeless after watching viral videos of the often-graphic final moments of people of color.
How can people of color cope with the psychological trauma that comes from frequent exposure to graphic videos of police killings? Is self-care and logging off vital for your mental mental health?
Those are questions PBS NewsHour wants to explore during an online chat Thursday, Sept. 29, 1-2 p.m. EDT, on Twitter using the hashtag #NewsHourChats.
PBS NewsHour reports that after publishing the blog post, When black death goes viral, it can trigger PTSD-like trauma, it received an outpouring of responses from people offering their personal experiences of depression, anxiety and feelings of hopeless from watching viral videos of the often-graphic final moments of people of color. Many had questions about how they can balance checking out from the grief while staying tuned in to issues of social justice.
Thursday’s chat will feature Dr. Monnica Williams (@DrMonnica), associate professor at the University of Connecticut as well as director of the Laboratory for Culture and Mental Health Disparities. She will be joined by by activist and managing editor of Broadway Black, April Reign (@ReignofApril). Reign is best known for creating the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, and offered her commentary to the Washington Post on why she refuses to share viral videos of police killings.