“You’re leaving out communities”: intersectional mental health support and advocacy with Allilsa Fernandez

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Welcome to Disability Crosses Borders, a home for the stories where disability, migration and culture meet. I’m Áine Kelly-Costello. Today, I talk to US-based Latinx mental health and disability advocate Allilsa Fernandez about how mental health spaces fail to consider the needs of disabled, Deaf and culturally diverse communities. We talk about her own lived experience and what holistic systems of care and support could look like.

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By Áine Kelly-Costello

Blind freelance writer/journalist and campaigner from aotearoa NZ.