BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – In this episode of Color Crossroads, Jonah Gilmore will continue the conversation about black mental health. We take a different approach to discussing the long-term effects on how recent police assassinations impact our day-to-day functioning.
Mental health is not commonly discussed within the black community. Tonight, we discuss our mental health as it relates to the families affected by these tragedies, the protesters, the community and even the lawyers who are fighting these cases.
In the year 2020, there was a national demand for justice after the world watched the video of George Floyd pinned to the ground by the knee of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin for nine minutes and 29 seconds. We have seen these events happen even in the capital with Treyford Pellerin and Alton Sterling.
We sit down with attorney Ron Haley, to get a taste of what justice really looks like when dealing with police murders. He also tells us what it is like when he sits with the families moments after their loved one has been taken away by law enforcement, and remembers the emotions of those shattered moments.
Eugene Collins, president of the NAACP in Baton Rouge, who has demonstrated on the front lines at numerous protests, explains how it is hurting his mental health and suggests ways to deal with the emotions triggered by these events.
Finally, we chat with Registered Therapist Shamyra Howard who gives us some insight into the start of this healing process. It offers useful resources for coping and coping with our mental health.
Tonight we will begin the healing process together.
This is the sequel.