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Ending racism in schools requires a deep understanding of anti-Black racism. (Wayne Lee Sing/Unsplash)

How to curb anti-Black racism in Canadian schools

Although school boards have yet to find a systemic way to combat anti-Black racism, educators are in a unique position to correct these injustices.
Courts have failed to understand the role childhood trauma can play in adult criminal behaviour. (Shutterstock)

Criminal justice needs a better understanding of childhood trauma

The execution of Lisa Montgomery in the U.S. earlier this year demonstrates how society misunderstands the effects of mental illness and trauma on criminal behaviour.
Scholar Cheryl Thompson discusses racist stereotypes, including the words used by comedians like Dave Chappelle, pictured here, in Toronto, in 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill

What’s in a word? How to confront 150 years of racial stereotypes: Don’t Call Me Resilient EP 1

In this episode of Don't Call Me Resilient, host Vinita Srivastava and scholar Cheryl Thompson dive into the meaning of the n-word and the 150 years of racism embedded in it.
The network of interconnected mental health symptoms associated with COVID-19 is best understood as a multi-faceted syndrome. (Pixabay/Canva)

COVID stress syndrome: 5 ways the pandemic is affecting mental health

It’s clear that the pandemic has affected mental health. Researchers have now identified how extensively: Five stress scales with interconnecting symptoms combine to form COVID-19 stress syndrome.
Police involvement is missing persons cases is often necessary. (Eric Ward/Unsplash)

What defunding the police could mean for missing persons

In the absence of serious efforts by mental health centres, shelters and youth group homes to prevent people from running away from their facilities in the first place, police involvement is necessary.
Keeping your equilibrium can be a challenge in times of uncertainty. Léonard Cotte/Unsplash

Your coping and resilience strategies might need to shift as the COVID-19 crisis continues

As the pandemic drags on, uncertainty and fears about health and safety mix with confusion and challenges tied to re-opening society. You need flexibility when picking your coping strategies.
Demands on nurses for such things as electronic record keeping take time away from patients. They can also lead to resource deprivation trauma. Helen King/The Image Bank/Getty Images

The psychological trauma of nurses started long before coronavirus

COVID-19 is traumatizing nurses. Yet nurses have suffered trauma for decades, often due to insufficient resources, and changes within the field have been slow.

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