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How Racial Discrimination Can Affect Your Wellbeing

  • Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s race is superior.
  • The belief that the whole of a race possesses characteristics, abilities, qualities specific to that race.
  • Racism can also be described as organised systems within societies that cause unfair inequalities in power, resources, capacities and opportunities across racial or ethnic groups.
  • Reduced access to employment, housing and education can lead to low income, homelessness and effect financial wellbeing.
  • Thus leading to diminished participation in healthy behaviours, e.g. sleep, proper diet and exercise as some of these can cost money.
  • And/or increased engagement in unhealthy behaviours (e.g. alcohol consumption) either directly as a stress-coping mechanism, or indirectly.
  • Physical injury as a result of racially-motivated violence — causing things like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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