Mental Health: Social and Systemic, Not Just Individual

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. What better week to write my first blog post on the topic. I created Affirm By Design as a lifestyle space through which I can share my personal journey with topics like mental health. Simultaneously, as someone who works in public health and who has long been committed to health, wellness, and wholeness within the LGBTQIA+ community, I also want to speak about mental health as a larger public health topic.

As I begin exploring the topic of mental health, I will intentionally look at the issue through social and systemic frameworks. Not doing so would be an enormous disservice toward and erasure of marginalized communities. Here’s why.

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