Authors: Nicky Bath, Jules Kim, Estelle Clark, Jioji Ravulo
Event: 2022 TheMHS Conference
Subject: intersectionality, diversity
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Being Person-Centred in an Intersectional World
Intersectionality is a framework that refers to how multiple and interconnected social aspects of a person’s identity can lead to overlapping forms of discrimination, minority stress and marginalisation. These social aspects can include (but are not limited to) class, race, gender, sexuality, age, ability and religion. Individuals who must navigate multiple minority identities, such as being a trans woman and person of colour, may at times experience conflicting values related to each identity and have a unique lived experience that isn’t fully understood by individuals who experience only one of these social aspects of identity. Rather they must navigate the world and their identity through each aspect of their identity and the intersections between them. Societal attitudes, systems and structures all contribute to the inequality and exclusion that is experienced by individuals who experience intersectional identities – including sexism, racism, homo/bi/transphobia and ableism. The intersectional framework posits that this leads to a greater risk of poor mental and physical health, experiences of family violence, social isolation and systemic barriers to accessing safe, inclusive and affirming services.
The audience can expect to learn about the experiences of individuals with intersectional identities and the impact of systemic discrimination on mental health, service access and service experiences through the lens of lived experience and academia. They will hear directly from speakers about what researchers, policy-makers and service providers are doing or could be doing to better support individuals seeking support with their mental health.
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