Mental Health Disabilities with Dior Vargas

CONTENT WARNING: Please be advised that this episode mentions suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, and psychiatric hospitalization.

This episode, Judy interviews Dior Vargas. Dior is a Queer Latina Feminist Mental Health Activist. Dior is a leading intersectional mental health activist delivering education and resources to all communities, with an emphasis on queer communities and communities of color.

Follow Dior @dior_vargas on Instagram.

The podcast version of this interview is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or on my website:

Dior Vargas is a queer Latina feminist mental health activist. She works to deliver education and resources to all communities, with an emphasis on the QTBIPOC community. She is a native New Yorker and grew up in Spanish Harlem. Dior experienced a lot of trauma as a child. After several attempts to end her life, she was hospitalized and placed in a psychiatric ward. Dior’s experience forced her to realize that she didn’t want to have a passive role with her mental health nor her life in general. Dior lives with PTSD, persistent depressive disorder, and traits of borderline personality disorder. She believes that every day is an endeavor towards a better quality of life.

Related Links…
Dior’s Website:
The People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project:
The Color of My Mind: Mental Health Narratives from People of Color:
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Judy Heumann is an internationally recognized leader in the disability community and a lifelong civil rights advocate for disadvantaged people. She served as the first Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State from 2010 – 2017 under the Obama Administration. Recently, Judy has been building "The Heumann Perspective" as a podcast and accessible YouTube channel to broaden and spur discussions on the intersectionality of disability.

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