Exploring Self-Care and Rest at Equity in Mental Health Event

Unpacking the Layers of Wellness: A Critical Examination through a Social Justice Lens

During the program discussion, attendees engaged in critical thinking and reflection on the barriers to wellness that exist on individual, institutional, and structural levels. This included considering the impact of white supremacy, capitalism, generational trauma, and other systemic issues.

Attendees emphasized the importance of focusing on rest and well-being as a means to address individual struggles, while recognizing that societal factors and structures play a significant role in shaping these challenges. This is particularly true for marginalized groups such as queer, trans, Black, and indigenous women and people of color.

The concept of wellness and rest was examined through a social justice lens, a new perspective for many participants. They collaborated to brainstorm alternative ways of approaching self-care, recognizing that the commodification of this concept 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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