The Lancet Psychiatry
Fecha de publicación: July 08, 2020
Autores: Jude Mary Cénat
Background: The recent turmoil in response to police brutality against Black communities in the USA and western countries has led the American Psychological Association to define racism as a pandemic.1 It has also prompted some associations of mental health professionals (eg, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, and Canadian Psychological Association) to take a stand against racism and to urge governments to respond to the impact of such events on the mental health of Black communities. Although the consequences of racial discrimination, profiling, racist microaggressions, and racism on the physical and mental health of victims have long been known, more research is needed to improve our understanding of these issues and to develop services that will not perpetuate them.