July is BIPOC Mental Health Month in the US. It exists to “bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding mental illness” in this country. While mental health challenges impact humans regardless of race, body size, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, and so on, we also recognize that racism, colonization, police brutality, and white supremacy—among other things—are events and harsh realities that affect BIPOC in a significant way that can not and should not be ignored or dismissed.
To help us shed a light on this and to learn, grow, and expand our understanding, we’re honored to be joined on this episode by Gabes Torres. Gabes is a person of Indigenous roots from the colonized islands of the Philippines and a non-US citizen migrant. She is currently a licensed therapist in Seattle, Washington, who works predominately with clients who identify as Black, Indigenous, transgender, queer, and people of color. Through her work, she hopes to decolonize and de-center white Eurocentric frameworks as it relates to things like healing and therapy.
“Trauma is not just an individual experience, it's also a collective experience and an intergenerational inheritance.”
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