Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and at Medical Students for Choice, we firmly believe that a comprehensive approach to healthcare must address mental health.

The 2023 theme is “More Than Enough”  

This year, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Month is “More Than Enough.” As stated by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, this campaign serves as a beacon of hope and inclusion. It reminds us that all individuals, regardless of where they are on their mental health journey, deserve support, resources, fulfillment, and a caring community.

As we advocate for reproductive justice, we know that mental health is integral to reproductive healthcare. Individuals seeking abortion care often face challenges that deserve our attention. It is essential to address these issues in the provision of care.

Access to safe, legal, and comprehensive reproductive healthcare is a fundamental human right.

Photo via National Alliance on Mental Illness

Reproductive Justice

We must listen and learn from the lived experiences of those seeking reproductive healthcare. By centering their stories and perspectives, we can better understand the intersectionality of mental health and reproductive justice. These learnings will lead us to more comprehensive care that meets the unique needs of each individual.

Advocacy for reproductive justice must extend beyond the clinical setting. It involves engaging with community organizations, movements, and policy initiatives that address systemic issues. By collaborating with other healthcare professionals, activists, and advocates, we can collectively work towards dismantling oppressive structures and creating a more just and equitable healthcare system.

Abortion Bans and Restrictions 

We understand the emotional toll providing reproductive healthcare in places with high restrictions on abortion care can take on individuals. It’s crucial to regularly check in with yourself, seeking support from trusted friends, family, or mental health professionals. Forge connections with like-minded colleagues and organizations to create a sense of community and support in this vital work.

Remember, you are not alone! It’s okay to ask for help or take a well-deserved break when needed. Your impact on the lives of patients seeking reproductive justice is profound. By prioritizing and checking in on your mental health, you ensure you can continue to provide care that makes a difference.

We have a unique opportunity to advocate for better access to mental health services and ensure that clinical practice integrates mental health. Let us stand united in our commitment to reproductive justice, amplifying voices, and advancing equity in healthcare.

No one should ever doubt their worth or feel alone on their journey. We are here to ensure that every individual, every voice, and every mental health experience is acknowledged, respected, and valued.