Supportiv launches its Amplify article collection, illuminating under-represented perspectives on identity-driven mental health issues. Authors with lived experience share first-person accounts, while offering practical insights on maintaining mental health amid a marginalized struggle.
As a society, we are reeling from a number of recent violent acts, catastrophes, and conflicts that have jolted awareness regarding each others’ pain and daily struggles. In a diverse society, we owe it to one other to examine authentic perspectives from outside the mainstream. Instead of living in ignorance until we’re shaken awake, we must strive to take a more active approach to understand each others’ experiences and the trials our fellow society members face.
Supportiv’s new AMPLIFY article collection seeks to lift awareness of marginalized identities, cultures, and communities, along with the emotional and mental health struggles inherent to such group memberships.
Helena Plater-Zyberk, Supportiv Co-Founder and CEO, elaborates on the need to recognize struggles that we may not personally experience–or even know about:
“Take as an example the all-too-pervasive hate and fear-related acts of discrimination and violence against the Asian-American and Black communities. We need to ask ourselves: What does that marginalized person’s struggle really feel like? What struggles connect specifically to that perspective? How can those struggles be overcome when they’re tied to identity? Whether you’re curious, looking to improve your empathy as a peer, or looking for validating tips in your own personal struggle, we hope to have amplified a perspective that speaks to you.”
Supportiv has worked with students from across the country on a writing internship program to capture enlightening perspectives on very real challenges. Through the Amplify Writing Internship, interns have brought light to lesser known struggles and intersectional realities such as:
- Machismo and Mental Health in Latinx Families | Mary Llanes
- Female Veterans’ Disproportionate Depression | Joanna Hwang
- Mental Health As A Minorital Gay Man: Walking The Intersectional Tightrope | Marquai Freeman
- Transgender In Eating Disorder Recovery: Seeking Recognition | Amaal Ladha
- Living Your Best Life in Your Queer, Interracial Relationship | Alaina Africano
- Rare And Misunderstood: Unmasking Trichotillomania | Raegan Allen
- Raised By Immigrant Parents: First Generation Mental Health | Liset Cruz
- Under-Recognized Scars: Relational Trauma Is Valid, Too | Isabella Rosales
- When Model Minority Asian Stereotypes Define Your Identity | Katherine Wu
- Questioning Your Sexuality For A Second Time Is Possible | Isabella McIlvaine
Supportiv Co-Founder Pouria Mojabi chimes in:
“The struggles of marginalized groups are often systemic, but the system acts like these are exceptions to rather than results of the status quo. We, the public, make up this system, though. So we need to familiarize ourselves with others’ struggles which we may have a role in perpetuating. The Amplify interns have transformed experience into descriptions of struggle that we can all grasp.”
Check out the entire collection here, and read the full press release here.
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