What is Diverse Mental Health?

It is evident that many women and people from diverse groups, experience poor mental health and mental illness at higher rates in comparison to other groups. This relates to mentally harmful experiences, which are connected to factors of; race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, neurodiversity, religion, financial or social status.

In order to provide meaningful and effective support, it is essential to understand and consider these specific experiences and how they contribute to a person’s well- being and mental health condition.

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The Harmful Factors Related to Diversity & Mental Health

The range of harmful factors related to Diversity & Mental Health can be found in experiences such as; racism, homophobia, xenophobia, prejudice, discrimination, sexism, ageism, bullying, harassment, humiliation, abuse, violence, rejection, lack of opportunity, exclusion and unfair treatment.

Impact on Mental Health

The impact of these experiences can be seen in negative mental health & wellbeing consequences such as;

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Increased levels of frustration, anger, fear, anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress, eating disorders, suicide, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, difficulties coping, addiction and other mental health problems.
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This can also have negative psychological effects, which lead to individuals holding negative beliefs and feelings towards oneself, own group or other people / groups, Low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, insecurity, poor self-identity, isolation, withdrawal, lack of a sense of belonging, loss of hope and low aspirations.
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Significantly, this can have socio-economic consequences such as; higher levels of poverty, homelessness or imprisonment. As a result, these situations can lead to poor mental health and mental illness.

The Free Choices Diverse Mental Health Approach

Our Diverse Mental Health approach essentially takes into account the particularly detrimental mental health experiences of women and people from diverse groups. Recognition and understanding of these experiences, allows for the assessment of the broader impact, enabling the development of more person centred, meaningful and effective support.

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Diverse Mental Health Interviews

Read more about our journey and the diverse mental health approach in our interviews (flipbooks) with Caroline Ribeiro-Nelson (Head of Free Choices - Diverse Mental Health) & Maiten Panella (Head of Executive Coaching & Strategic Development - Diverse Mental Health) or download the interviews in PDF format (Caroline Ribeiro-Nelson - Maiten Panella).

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