“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” -Audre Lorde
Notes on Mental Health:
- We recognize and acknowledge that many Survivors of sexual violence and domestic violence, are closely acquainted with mental health issues. The following tips are reminders for victims/Survivors on the path to healing:
- As a domestic violence advocate, you hear too many tragic stories of relationship partners who are abusive to their partner vulnerable partner who has a mental health condition.
- Truth: Direct experience with mental health providers has told the Black community to be aware that racism exists, even in therapeutic environments.
Still, it is more than worth the effort to search for inclusive and diverse spaces that facilitate their healing.
- Do invest time and resources in healing from trauma, racism, abuse, homophobia, bullying and hate.
- Try not to receive the shame that people throw at you when you make decisions about your needs & preferences for *who* helps you.
- People have every right to express their need & want for mental health services that meet AND work to understand their unique needs as an individual.
- Requiring that a helping professional “look like you” or be culturally competent isn’t too much to ask.
- Seeking assistance with your mental health needs is a strong and brave mood. Taking care of yourself is a great investment of your time and other resources that could definitely enhance your ability to do life.
Please take care of YOU!
We have moved the affirmations for Survivors