Mental Health Is For Everyone

1711 Words Mar 8th, 2016 7 Pages
Mental Health is for “Everyone”

It is of almost no consolation that mental health is finally being recognized as an essential piece to the puzzle of overall wellness in the United States when intersectionality is not taken into account. Nationally, 56% of adults suffering from mental illness do not receive treatment and that number surges to a roaring 70% in Nevada specifically (“The state…” 1). The struggle of intersectionality for many is that while defending the rights and experience of one part of “self”, the other parts are often compromised (Crenshaw 179). A non intersectional understanding would be to assume that all of these adults suffer from the same barriers when it is found that one in five people are limited by cost alone. Grouping all women into one category, claiming that they cannot financially aid their mental health for uniform reasons across cultures, sexualities, and situations is unreasonable and highly ineffective. In general, the abstract concept of mental “wellness” is entirely based off of functioning as is considered appropriate by society. Constants in human behavior dictate a state of normality and draw a line between the “right” and “wrong” of cognition and emotion. However, to assume that all cultures have the same definition of “normal” or that all genders “should” fall in a certain area on the spectrum is to engage in a dangerous fallacy. The consequences involved in such beliefs include lack of access to health related systems, decreased…
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