Social justice addresses the intersectionality of factors that cause some segments of society to be disadvantaged in terms of access, equity, rights, and participation. These factors can include disability, gender, race, sexuality, and colonialization. Because of the multiplicity of factors that can contribute to and interact with mental illness, many have argued that mental health is a social justice issue.
Within the mental illness community, we face stigma because of our illness, but many of us are disadvantaged because of other actors as well. It’s important that we speak up not just about mental health stigma, but also about the other social injustices that we bear witness to.
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