Our experiences are different, the sources of our trauma are different. Even the language we use to describe our emotions and pain can be different. I can only believe that if marginalized people are to find mental health services more impactful, there must be a complete restructuring of these interconnected institutions and social structures.
Despite identifying as a minority, I walk a line of privilege that many similarly marginalized people do not share. I am high-achieving though I have a learning disorder. I benefit from East Asian androgyny and am read as a cisgender male. I am half-Japanese, one of the more commonly positively fetishised Asians. From this perspective, it is hard to justify to myself how I came to experience adverse mental health.