Dr. Lisa Harris
DescriptionColorism negatively affects the mental well-being and self-esteem of individuals with both light and dark complexions. Individuals may experience mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Individuals often experience ongoing anxieties regarding how they are socially perceived based on their skin color, which can manifest in different aspects of their personal, social, and professional lives. Society may have overlooked the potential negative impact of names like redbone, tar baby, yellow bone, blue black, and similar terms on children's self-image. The consequences of these words have a lasting impact on mental well-being across one's lifetime and can be perpetuated and passed down to future generations, resulting in an ongoing cycle of mental health issues due to colorism. To effectively tackle the persistent issue at hand, it is imperative to address the phenomenon of colorism.
Session 3-B. Colorism and Mental Health: The Reality Description Discussion focusing on the earlier presentation titled “The Impact of Colorism on Mental Health” and the impact colorism has on mental health and well-being.