The Invisible Discriminator - Stop. Think. Respect.
Published: Monday 13th October 2014
An invisible discriminator is subtle or 'casual' racism. It can be just as harmful as the more overt forms.
Watch the Stop. Think. Respect clip above which shows how casual acts of discrimination can cause anxiety and distress for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Forty-four per cent of Aboriginal people who had experienced discrimination reported high/very high levels of psychological distress, compared to 26 per cent of non-Aboriginal people.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people suffer significantly from repeated loss and grief as well as significant trauma such as domestic violence, physical health problems, discrimination based on race or culture separation from culture and identity issues. These factors all add to the risk for mental health problems.
Despite these challenges, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have shown great resilience. In 2008 72 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people reported feeling happy, 59 per cent reported feeling calm and peaceful and 57 per cent feeling full of life (ABS 2010).
Cultural Awareness Workshops
Would you like to learn more about Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples? Register to attend a Cultural Awareness Workshop on your campus in November. Hear from staff from the ACU Indigenous Higher Education Units and from local Elders as they explore Indigenous perspectives. These workshops will be particularly useful for those who are interacting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, colleagues and community.
For more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander information and resources please visit the Beyond Blue website.
In addition, access to confidential professional counselling services is available for ACU staff and families at no cost. For more information visit the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) webpage.