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  • I believe racism has a huge impact on mental health and depression.

  • You're out there doing your own thing and trying to live your life, and then you've

  • got someone having a go at you because of who you are. And I think later on if it happens

  • to you a few times, I think it has a massive effect on you. And you sorta sit back and

  • you think about "Why are these people having a go at me because of who I am?

  • We're made to feel like we're not equal and isolated from society, and this spans from

  • the way that the media portrays us, a lot of the time, negatively. So, there's not a true

  • portrayal of who we are.

  • You don't even see ATSI people on mainstream TV

  • Yeah. Mental health and racism I think do go hand in hand.

  • Whether you don't know if it's happening to you,

  • you still feel very bogged down, you feel heavy, you feel like that everything

  • you do is having to be a chore because you've got all these things to come up against as

  • soon as you leave the house. Whether it's with a taxi driver, a shop, work, it's as soon as

  • you leave that sanctuary of home. Yeah, it's become quite heavier.

  • I remember I'd never set foot in a pub for fear of either being assaulted or

  • being rejected. Night clubs. You'd travel somewhere, you'd sleep in a car, you wouldn't

  • book a motel room unless you'd have a Caucasian friend... Go and tell him to book the room.

  • Having to live with that everyday, and then having racism on top of that, yeah, it just

  • creates anxiety and it creates depression over time.

I believe racism has a huge impact on mental health and depression.

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Stop. Think. Respect. Racial discrimination and mental health

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    Amy.Lin   posted on 2020/06/08
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