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Event Explores Importance of Self-Care and Rest in Mental Health Equity


Apr 4, 2024

During the program discussion, attendees engaged in critical thinking and reflection on the various barriers to wellness present at individual, institutional, and structural levels. The impact of white supremacy, capitalism, generational trauma, and other factors were explored as impediments to well-being.

Participants delved into the idea that taking care of one’s rest and overall well-being is essential, but that many challenges are rooted in societal structures that can be particularly burdensome for queer, trans, Black, indigenous women, and people of color. Narvaez emphasized the need to consider the broader social context that affects individual wellness.

For many attendees, examining wellness and rest from a social justice perspective was a new and thought-provoking exercise. They collectively brainstormed ways to redefine traditional notions of self-care, which Narvaez noted have been overly commercialized and associated with consumerism rather than genuine care for oneself.

Narvaez encouraged a shift towards a collectivist approach to self-care and rest, drawing inspiration from a quote by bell hooks about the importance of creating communities of resistance. This idea resonated with attendees as they explored the notion of finding support and solidarity in a shared experience of well-being and healing.

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