In the midst of cultural trauma, what does healthy functioning look like?

Apr 16, 2019

Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.”

Implicit in the idea of "mental health" is that there is a state of "healthy" that individuals can eventually get back to.

But is that always the case?

How can mental health providers (still mostly white, in this country) provide better mental health care to people of color?  And can a person's challenges be separated from the cultural traumas of racism, discrimination, slavery and genocide?