April 14, 2024 3:19 pm
Exploring Self-Care and Rest at Equity in Mental Health Event

The program discussion focused on critical thinking and reflection on the barriers to wellness that exist at individual, institutional, and structural levels. Attendees emphasized the importance of prioritizing rest and well-being as a means to address personal struggles while recognizing the significant role played by societal factors and structures in shaping these challenges.

Marginalized groups such as queer, trans, Black, and indigenous women and people of color were particularly affected by these issues. Participants examined the concept of wellness through a social justice lens, recognizing that its commodification often leads to equating self-care with consumerism.

Speaker Narvaez encouraged attendees to adopt a collectivist approach to self-care and rest, drawing on a quote from bell hooks that emphasizes the value of building communities of resistance. This collective effort allows individuals to support each other and find strength in solidarity, reinforcing the idea that no one is alone in their struggles.

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