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

Breaking Barriers to Wellness: Examining the Impact of Social Justice on Individual and Collective Well-Being

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.

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.

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. Attendees explored the notion of finding support and solidarity in a shared experience of well-being and healing by drawing inspiration from a quote by bell hooks about the importance of creating communities of resistance. This idea resonated with attendees as they reflected on how collective action can lead to lasting change.

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