Mental Health and Marginalized Communities
Learn about supporting the mental health of workers who are members of marginalized communities.
Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term “intersectionality” to show how people have unique experiences based on their identities and the positions of these identities in society. People with marginalized or historically devalued identities face specific challenges that can affect their mental health and well-being. Members of marginalized communities, therefore, may require supports that account for their intersecting identities.
Additionally, people in these communities may also experience historical and systemic trauma, such as discrimination and oppression that can contribute to mental health challenges. Other challenges can include stigma and cultural beliefs surrounding mental illness and seeking help, lack of diversity in the healthcare workforce, limited access to healthcare services, language barriers, and financial constraints. Employers need to acknowledge and address these challenges in order to make sure their workers receive culturally competent, accessible, and quality mental health care.
Supporting Workers from Marginalized Communities: Action Steps for Employers
EARN conducted listening sessions to better understand how employers can support workplace mental health for employees from marginalized communities. Some suggestions from the listening sessions include: