George Floyd – Police Killings and Psychological Trauma



BBC News interview with Dr. Bernard Horsford about the psychological trauma caused by viewing social media which has images of Black people who have been killed by the police such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Carnder, and Mark Duggan. The video summarised the evidence of mental health peoples caused by Black people witnessing police violence, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) anxiety disorders and depression. Dr. Horsford summarises the position of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association on the impact on the Black community of seeing Black people killed by the police on social media. Dr. Horsford also suggests what can be done by the authorities such as acting quickly to take action against the perpetrators and prosecuting offenders to ensure confidence in the police. Dr Horsford recommends strategies which people who have seen images of Black people experiencing violence by the police can take, such seeking help from professionals, CBT, counselling, using online counselling, seeking help from within the community and seeking legal advice.

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