Identity takes a huge toll on many people's mental wellness. Hear how a Black, asexual woman deals with her mental illness.
Upload Date: Feb 25, 2021
Identity takes a huge toll on many people's mental wellness. Hear how a Black, asexual woman deals with her mental illness. She says even though not everybody has to deal with a mental illness, mental health is an ongoing thing to manage and take care of.
mental illness means a lot to me. I myself struggle with mental illness. Um, I suffer from depression. I'm currently on medication, and it has helped tremendously. Um, but mental illness. To me, there's a There's a huge distinction I like. I agree with you between mental health and mental illness. Um, a lot of people who don't necessarily have to deal with mental illness, but mental health is an ongoing recurring thing, right? Well, like me, I don't know, the Carter isn't the right word to say, but it's different when you have a mental illness because it's like a managing to I mentioned managing my mental health at the same time I have to deal with mental illness. It took me a while to face facts, you know, and accept the fact that I do have one. Um, but having a mental illness, I think it means to me I look at it this way. It doesn't define who I am. It's a part of who I am, but I don't want to define who I am as a person. I'm pretty open about it when I talk to people. Um, I say yes. I suffer from this um it's a part of who I am, but I don't let that I try not to let that stop me from accomplishing what I want to do in my life. I will not let us tell me. It doesn't define who I am. Wow. Good for you. This is Oh, my gosh. You're making this great already. I Yeah, it was so eloquent and well spoken, and I think so many people out there need to hear that message. So you actually segue perfectly into my next question. Which is, how does mental health and your identity play together or not so well together? Like for like 1st. 1st, I would say Give me some characteristics that identify you. And then you can talk about how those characteristics affect your mental health. Don't affect your mental health, whatever it may be. Okay, um, so I'll just be very clear, Very blunt. I am a black woman, and I think in those two identities themselves even aside for mental health, they intersect because, unlike, say, white women, I'm dealing with racism as well as sexism. That has been a big factor. I don't want to define me, of course, but it has been a big played, a big role in my life. Um, I think that I have been overbooked for opportunities because of who I am. I've experienced discrimination because of who I am. And I think that with some people, because they experience these types of things, these types of you know of discrimination. And you know, the trauma. A lot of times the trauma that people marginalized groups face and I think affects mental health tremendously. And I'm not trying to speak. I'm not the spokesperson, right for every person of color. But I do think there absolutely is a correlation, and it does absolutely intersect.