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Affected by racism

If you've been affected by racism

It’s important to have conversations about society and the impact that racism has, perhaps on you or those around you.

However, they can make you feel worried, sad or angry. This is normal.

If you have been hurt by racism, it is important you take it seriously and do the following: 

  • If someone is being racist towards you and you feel unsafe, walk away immediately, don't retaliate or respond 
  • Tell a friend, teacher or adult what has happened 
  • Know how to stay safe online. For example, you can report abuse on a website and block people who racially bully you or make discriminatory comments 
  • Record or write down what has happened and how it made you feel, this can help you to be organised when you tell an adult 
  • Tell the police. If you feel threatened or a crime has been committed, report it to the police on 999 in an emergency or 101 at other times
  • If you have been racially bullied or discriminated against you can also speak to Childline on 0800 1111. 


There are also ways you can look after your wellbeing if you have been affected by racism. 


Protect your mental health 

Actively being anti-racist and trying to end racism in society can be frustrating and exhausting. Always take care of your mental health and take time out to refresh yourself. You might be thinking “If I take a break, I am not helping to end racism”. Self-care is productive time, as you will come back stronger and with more energy to help promote and build a more equality society. 


Limit your information sources

Lots of media intake about heavy topics like race and racism can leave you feeling overwhelmed. It can also be scary reading about what is happening around the world because of racism. Take some time out to spend time doing other things you enjoy instead.


Talk to others who understand 

Express your thoughts and feelings with your friends and family. If you have been hurt, upset or offended by something it is important to speak up, share that experience and find support. Other people might feel the same way and you can share your coping strategies.  


Be proud of yourself  

Thinking positive things about yourself is a good way to support your confidence and wellbeing. Perhaps you are learning about this topic and want to help end racism or perhaps you have been affected by racism directly. The important message is that you care about helping to build a more equal and fair society. You are doing your best in a way that is appropriate for you. You are resilient. You are part of thousands of people wanting a better world and eventually, change will happen.  

Questions to consider: How does racism make you feel? How do you look after yourself when you feel hurt or upset? In what way are you proud of who you are?