Part of social justice is working to enfranchise marginalized populations. Sadly, people living with mental health issues are too often marginalized and worry about stigma. I was even anxious when I talked about my own struggles with depression. I say with great certainty that most humans either struggle with some form of mental illness, or have family and friends who struggle.
Here in the United States, we can’t even talk about health care for all much less actually talk about treating mental health issues. Here is where I would like to call attention to the amazing and progressive country of New Zealand. New Zealand is tackling the issue of mental health with an advertising campaign that is compassionate, humane, and affirming in the attempt to remove stigma. Click here to see part of this video campaign.
Action steps: not only do we need to make sure the Affordable Health Care Act passes, but we need to expand the act to take care of all of our brothers and sisters.