Self Care is the radical concept that it is important to take care of yourself, and your emotional, mental, and physical needs.In activist scenes, this is a concept that can all too frequently be ignored or undervalued, to the detriment of the mental/physical/emotional health of community members.
Many people struggle with this, and we want to take up a little bit of webspace to acknowledge this, and provide a few resources to help folks who are trying to/struggling to deal with all the hurt this world can heap on us.
Definitely looking for more resources, suggestions from other anarchist/feminist/radical/activist spaces, and better ways to explain the concept! Please get in touch at wingnut_collective [at] yahoo.com
And take care of yourself out there! (Find communities that value your self care!)
This first link has a bunch of great resources for people looking to read up on self care. The second link is for the Icarus project, which is a radical mental health organization with good resources and ideas on their website.
From the Mind(ful) Liberation Project out of Richmond, Virginia (samesies) here are lists of Hotlines and Warmlines for folks in crisis, or just needing support in some way. Mind(ful Liberation Project also does the RVA Peer Support Project, which we encourage folks to check out.
If there are any others you think need to be added to this please let us know!
1-804-631-3124. A peer support line operated by Richmond’s Mindful Liberation Project, a chapter of the international Icarus Project. Confidential and anonymous hot/warmline. Entirely volunteer run, no professionals, no calling the police or forced hospitalization. Just peer support, now.
1-877-838-2838. The Vet2Vet Peer Support Hotline, run by the Kristen Brooks Hope Center. Peer support from veterans to veterans. The website also offers a live chat.
Depression/Suicide/Crisis Hotlines: (more…)