The Impact of Racism on BIPOC Mental Health with Chioma Janelle

Our ability to give, receive, and respond to pleasure is largely dictated by our sense of emotional and physical well-being. From a very basic physiological perspective, if you don’t feel safe – physically, emotionally, or psychologically – your sexual function simply doesn’t function. Or, certainly not as well as it could/should. There are a LOT of stressors in our Western lifestyle that can impact our sexual experience, many of which go unnoticed because they are so common and normalized. One ongoing and all pervasive stressor for POC that often gets overlooked is that of racism, and the impact of racism on the physical, mental, emotional, and sexual well-being of POC.

Join Devi Ward Erickson and Mental health professional, Chioma Janelle, as they discuss the impact of racism on BIPOC mental health and how that can affect our sexual experience.

Find out about:

  • How intergenerational trauma manifests and replicates itself.
  • The effects of colonization in fostering Trauma
  • How Trauma affects our nervous system, relationships and how we relate and connect to one another
  • Healing from “The superwoman syndrome”
  • The power of Black resilience 
  • How POC ACTUALLY find healing vs what’s currently offered in the available systems of “healing” 
  • How Black bodies are misdiagnosed due to racism and overwhelm
  • Using Black Feminist approach as a way of healing- using community and collective space, creativity, and PLEASURE

Join us for this AASECT Award winning show.


Chioma Janelle is a Mental health professional and Advocate who works with children and families in crisis to move towards stabilization. She believes in the importance of having meaningful discussions on Mental Health and raising awareness of Mental Health in the Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities. She has been working in social services for over 10 years across different sectors such as Mental health, domestic violence, youth criminal justice, and developmental disabilities. She believes in the need to hold positive and safe spaces to create social change within our community to address our needs by destigmatizing and decolonizing Mental Health.

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