Purple Book

1.    Towards a shared language

https://www.racialequitytools.org/glossary offers a short list of terms and definitions. Keep in mind that this is a starting point and there is no all-encompassing language.

  • Anti-racism – the work of actively opposing racism by advocating for changes in political, economic, and social life.
  • Diversity – all the ways in which people It encompasses all the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another.
  • Equity – justice, fairness, and inclusiveness in experience, processes and outcomes, recognizes the advantages and barriers to achieving this.
  • Inclusion – the process of creating environments in which an individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued.


2.     Social determinants of youth mental health

  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) – are traumatic events that occur in ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance use in adolescence and adulthood. Find additional information here: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Trauma Informed Care – Screening for trauma helps identify children’s and families’ needs early in order to provide appropriate interventions. Find additional screening resources here: NCTSN Resources | The National Child Traumatic Stress Network


3.     Actions in the clinical encounter

  • Clinician practices to foster connection with patients
  • Talking to children about race and racism Children’s books to consider:
    • “All about diversity” by Felicity Brooks
    • “My Skin, Your Skin” by Laura Henry-Allain
    • World Skin Tone Crayons by Crayola – to facilitate identity/race discussions.


4.     Advocacy/bystander responses to racism


5.     Resources/further reading