Twitter Chat: Coping with black trauma in the age of viral videos

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Research shows people of color can experience PTSD-like systems from repeated exposure to viral videos of police killings. Photo by Fuse/Getty Images

How can people of color cope with the psychological trauma that comes from frequent exposed to graphic videos of police killings? Is self-care and logging off vital for mental health?

After publishing the blog post, When black death goes viral, it can trigger PTSD-like trauma, we received an outpouring of responses. Some readers offered their personal experiences of depression, anxiety and feelings of hopeless from watching viral videos of the often-graphic final moments of people of color. Many had questions about how they can balance checking out from the grief while staying tuned in to issues of social justice.

Join the PBS NewsHour on Thursday from 1-2 p.m. EDT to chat with Dr. Monnica Williams (@DrMonnica), associate professor at the University of Connecticut as well as director of the Laboratory for Culture and Mental Health Disparities. We’ll also be joined by activist and managing editor of Broadway Black, April Reign (@ReignofApril). Reign is best known for creating the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, and offered her commentary to the Washington Post on why she refuses to share viral videos of police killings. Additional guests will be announced.

Have a question or comment? Be sure to follow the discussion using the hashtag #NewsHourChats and follow me @LiveFromKenya. You can also follow the NewsHour on Twitter.

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