Everyone experiences stress from time to time, but chronic stress can wear and tear on the body and result in both physical and mental health consequences. Sources of stress can vary, differing based on social and economic circumstances, marginalized group membership, environmental context, genetic makeup, and current mental/physical health conditions.
The American Psychiatric Association offers a robust Stress & Trauma toolkit for treating historically marginalized populations in a changing political and social environment.
The goal of the toolkit is to provide a deeper understanding of how the social determinants of mental health affect vulnerable population groups. Additionally, the toolkit offers screening and treatment recommendations and tools to connect patients to culturally appropriate community resources.