Virtual Panel of Mental Health Professionals Will Focus on Relationship Between Mental Health and Social Justice in Acknowledgement of World Day of Social Justice. 

In recognition of World Day of Social Justice, Holocaust Museum LA presents “Racial Stress & Trauma: A Conversation About Social Justice and Resilience,” Tuesday, February 16 at 11 am. The virtual panel of mental health professionals will discuss the relationship between mental health and social justice, and how racial stress and historical trauma impacts individuals and communities.

The experience of racism – both direct and indirect in the form of micro-aggressions or exposure to racism via the media – can have a devastating effect on mental health. This racial trauma can lead to to depression, hypervigilance, chronic stress and fatigue, bodily inflammation and symptoms similar to post traumatic stress disorder.

The panel, followed by a Q and A, will provide an open forum to discuss these topics, identify resilience factors and provide resources and tools to help recognize and tackle these issues.

Participants are Melissa Wasserman, PsyD (a clinical psychologist who specializes in posttraumatic stress disorder, military behavioral health, and couple/family psychology).; Farzana Saleem, PhD (a specialist in trauma, identity, and racial/cultural concerns for youth, young adults, and families); Jessica Jackson, PhD (a licensed psychologist and advocate for research focused on racism and mental health equity) and Egypt Leithman, MA (a clinical case manager who has experience on an
interdisciplinary team in residential treatment settings for both mental health and 
substance abuse).

World Day of Social Justice, recognized by the United Nations and commemorated Feb. 20, is an international day recognizing the need to protect social justice.

A donation of $10 is suggested. For information and to register visit:

Jessica Jackson, Egypt Leithman, Farzana Saleem, Melissa Wasserman

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