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Visions Journal

A reminder that this article from our magazine Visions was published more than 1 year ago. It is here for reference only. Some information in it may no longer be current. It also represents the point of the view of the author only. See the author box at the bottom of the article for more about the contributor.

PDF | EPUB | Vol. 15, No. 3 (2020)

Health inequities are differences in the way people access health care and support—differences that come from stigma and discrimination in systems and from people who are supposed to provide care. These inequities marginalize young people, excluding them from peers, health services, and their broader communities. In this issue of Visions, you will see many diverse experiences of inequity and marginalization. You will hear from youth who lived in foster care until they aged out of the care system and had to find a way to support themselves. Indigenous youth who experience racism. Transgender youth who navigated transitioning through prejudice and misunderstanding, even from their own family and friends. Youth involved in the criminal justice system who needed the right supports to break away from cycles of substance use. Youth living on the street trying to cope with the opioid overdose crisis. Youth in racialized communities that don’t talk openly about mental health, leaving people isolated and bullied. What all of these different experiences have in common is the need to look at an individual as a whole person and see the intersecting factors that impact health and well-being. That includes reflecting on our own attitudes and assumptions about what youth need.

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