Mental Health and the Social Model of Disability
At Equal Lives we want to change the conversation around mental health. In the same way as other types of disability, many of the barriers someone faces when they’re living with a common mental health illness e.g depression, anxiety – are social barriers. Barriers put in place by society that, if removed, would allow an improved recovery, increased accessibility and inclusion and a better quality of life.
Part of the conversation around mental health needs to be removing the shame and stigma – that it is not a reflection of character or strength to be living with a mental health issue and that help and support should be made accessible to all.
We believe that increasing the awareness of the Social Model of Disability and supporting a world free from disabling barriers, more people who live with a mental health illness can free themselves of stigma, access support and ensure that support is right for them, barrier free.