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Intersectional Approaches to Understanding Mental Health

Started Sep 9, 2021


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Intersectional Approaches to Understanding Mental Health

If we don't experience something ourselves, how do we become aware that it exists? How do we put ourselves in someone else's shoes to understand what life experiences are like for them?    

In recent years, mental health has become a topic more accepted and discussed in our society. Yet, most educational campaigns and media articles still talk about it in generalities. Research shows that mental health challenges impact us all, but that these impacts are compounded for people also experiencing stigma and discrimination as a result of intersecting identities (race, gender, class, ability, sexuality etc.).    

In order for us to build a more caring and empathetic world, we must create space to talk about the impacts and experiences of intersecting identities as they relate to mental health.    

Join the Workplace Wellbeing team for an informative session that will:

  • Outline core concepts like mental health literacy, intersectionality and positionality.
  • Highlight the impacts of varying risk factors, stigmas and discriminations (homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, colonialism, classism, and ableism) on mental health.
  • Provide an opportunity to reflect on your own position and identity within the world as a way to foster empathy, compassion and safety.


  • Date: October 19, 2021
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Location: Zoom

Your facilitator:

Miranda Massie, MEd, is a Workplace Wellbeing Practices & Learning Consultant with UBC HR. Her work involves supporting learning practices & curriculum design related to individual and workplace wellbeing.  Miranda has a background in psychology, as well as health and adult education and is a Mental Health Commission of Canada certified instructor (Mental Health First Aid and The Working Mind). Miranda's work is grounded in health promotion and adult education principles and she believes in empowering employees to make informed decisions that can positively impact their individual wellbeing, as well as the health and culture of the organization.  


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