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[mɛntəlˌsɛkʃəˈnælɪti]   n.

The acknowledgment and understanding that ‘mental illness’ does not exist independently, but is influenced and shaped by various intersecting factors related to identity, oppression, and mental health.

Mental illness never occurs in a vacuum. Mentalsectionality is the acceptance of this, with the application of intersectionality as it applies to identity and oppression but to mental health.

Mentalsectionality refers to the intersection of the factors of mental wellness, mental health barriers, and the complex barrier of abelism in our society.

This is where “mental illness “ lies.

Amy Meglio

Intersectional Equity Maricopa, Inc

Origin: Blend of “mental” and “intersectionality.”

The concept of mentalsectionality has emerged as a crucial framework in the field of mental health, recognizing the interconnectedness of different aspects of an individual’s identity and the societal barriers they face. It draws upon the principles of intersectionality, which was originally developed in the context of social justice, and applies them to mental health discourse.

Mentalsectionality refers to the complex interplay between mental wellness, mental health barriers, and the pervasive impact of abelism within a given society. It emphasizes the need to consider multiple dimensions of an individual’s identity, such as race, gender, sexuality, class, and disability, when examining mental health experiences and addressing mental health disparities. By acknowledging and analyzing the various forms of oppression and discrimination that individuals may encounter, mentalsectionality seeks to promote a more inclusive and comprehensive approach to mental health care and support.

The concept of mentalsectionality encourages clinicians and researchers to adopt a holistic perspective when working with individuals experiencing mental health challenges. By considering the intersecting factors of an individual’s identity and the systemic barriers they face, mental health professionals can provide more effective and tailored interventions, ultimately leading to improved outcomes and a more equitable mental health landscape.

Mentalsectionality is an evolving concept that continues to be explored and refined within the fields of mental health and social justice. Its application encourages critical examination of the structural factors that contribute to mental health disparities and the development of inclusive and culturally responsive approaches to mental health care.