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‘It almost broke me.’ How the pandemic is straining mental health at Allegheny County Jail.

No personal visitors, hardly any time for inmates outside of their cells and chronic vacancies in mental health and health staff raise concerns that the mental health of Allegheny County Jail [ACJ] inmates is deteriorating, according to inmates recently incarcerated there, family members of current inmates, advocates and current and former ACJ staff.

Racial trauma is a form of race-based stress that refers to reactions to real or perceived experiences of racial discrimination.

The difference between racial trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD], psychologists say, is that PTSD typically refers to past events.

Furthermore, she suggested that people seeking to understand racial trauma educate themselves about racial disparities.

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