Over the past years, mental health has been omnipresent in media and public conversations. From the many articles dedicated to self-care, to workshops and webinars on the importance of psychological wellbeing, mental health talks are everywhere. Social media platforms have been amplifying this phenomenon, making accessible mental health conversations and resources people may not have had access to otherwise. But while this hypervisibility signifies important progress in reducing stigma, it has also made way for new forms of normalization and standardization of wellbeing.
This roundtable discussion addresses these tensions by bringing in conversation community organizers, mental health practitioners, and students of diverse backgrounds. While scholarly conversations about mental health usually prioritize traditional knowledges such as psychology, this conversation aims to foreground the experiences of those who suffer and the people who work closely with them. A specific focus will be given to how this new regime of hypervisibility affects people differently on the basis of gender, sexuality, and race, and how it requires a multimodal approach.