Many mental health awareness campaigns aren’t actually representative of mental illness and mental health for the majority of the population – our diversity in experience, ideology, and perspective. For May, which is generally deemed Mental Health Awareness Month, Inside Our Minds would like to feature voices from our community that are often left out of the conversation or “hidden” from mental health awareness campaigns.
Tell us what’s missing from mental health awareness, from your perspective and personal experience. We’re open to any perspectives on (and this list is not all-inclusive):
- Race, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexuality, class, neurodiversity, diagnosis (including personality disorders and substance use disorders), suicidality and self harm, faith and spirituality, fat pride or acceptance, intersectionality;
- Views on mad pride, anti-psychiatry, critical psychiatry, alternative treatments, trauma-informed care, identity-first language, prison reform, the psychosocial model, disability justice;
- Critiques of involuntary commitment, forced treatment, media portrayals of mental illness, the medical model, the recovery model… etc!
Please include your thoughts in quote form [a couple paragraphs or less] with a picture if you’d like to be public, or without a picture if you’d like to be anonymous. [Or, if you want to be public without a picture, we’re fine with that too.] In addition to the quote, feel free to include some self-promotion of your business, organization, or project! We’re all for it. 🙂
Let us know if you want to be involved, or if you have any questions. You can message your submission to Inside Our Minds on social media, or complete the form below by May 1st. Also, if you know anyone else who might want to be involved, please connect us!
“Perspectives on madness and mad pride aren’t often featured in mental health campaigns. Mad pride is a movement led by people who identify as Mad, mentally ill, psychiatric survivors, mental health consumers, service users / patients, neurodivergent, and/or disabled. It’s more focused on the discrimination faced by people who identify with the movement, rather than the illness model that many campaigns prefer. I don’t see myself as ill just because I was given a psychiatric diagnosis; rather, I see the problems with our society that made negative impacts on my life and the lives of others. Why don’t we talk about this more?”
“Often times it seems like mental health campaigns only want to feature people who are ‘marketable’ – people in recovery who lived through a bout of depression or anxiety. Not to put these people down, but what about those of us who have lifelong conditions? Or those of us who never entered recovery, whatever that is? Don’t we deserve to be heard?”