In the past, I've said, "It's OK to draw boundaries with #MentalHealthAwareness."

I realized I would be amiss as a #MentalHealth advocate if I didn't describe:

1. How complacency harmfully promotes stigma
2. How stigma influences our definition of "boundaries" 1/
First, what do I mean by "it's OK to draw boundaries with #MentalHealthAwareness"?

Engaging with mental health can be difficult and emotionally draining. Taking a step back from being a mental health ally can be a form of #selfcare. 2/

However, I've seen people too often use "boundaries" as an excuse for their own laziness and refusal to educate themselves when they DO have the energy to support.

I elaborate more on this type of gaslighting in the thread below. 3/
This behavior highlights a KEY PROBLEM:

Our ableist society stigmatizes anything that does NOT fit the mold of able-bodied as unappealing and/or burdensome.

Such stigmatizing beliefs discourage #MentalHealth allies from offering support, and perpetuates inequity. 4/
How do these stigmatizing attitudes of "being a burden" perpetuate inequity?

Many people refuse to put in MINIMAL EFFORT to support people struggling with #MentalHealth, and cite (stigma informed) "boundaries" as their reason. 5/
We need to change the narrative so that engaging with #MentalHealthAwareness isn't "a burdensome option" but rather a RESPONSIBILITY for every member of society.

The definition of "boundaries" will then become MORE reflective of #selfcare than stigma. 6/
Overall messages:

- Engaging with #MentalHealthAwareness IS work
- The current definition of "boundaries" is influenced by stigma
- If you remain inactive, you are supporting inequity
- In all aspects of life, any responsibility must be balanced with #selfcare

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