Sometimes the things that make us feel mistreated or judged are obvious through insults or threats. Other times discrimination can be more subtle. People may stereotype us or simply make us feel not included. Regardless of what happens to make us feel treated unfairly or like an outsider, it can be a painful and lonely place.
It can be hard to tune out the voices and actions of people who are bringing us down or causing us pain, but it’s important to realize those voices aren’t as powerful or as important as the people who support and accept us. Find some suggestions for protecting your own emotional health in situations where you are feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone by clicking on “Feel Better.”
And if discrimination you’re experiencing is aggressive, causing you harm or impacting your career or academic life, it’s important to speak up and let someone know. If these experiences are impacting your emotional health, reach out for support. It’s okay to ask for help.