This is currently a curation of resources and media that has been helpful for me to develop a critical, holistic vision of myself — with an emphasis on the social and political aspects of self-care and community-care.
I wrote and intertwined resources in a piece about addiction & harm reduction here and about Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) here. With an additional DBT list of pleasant activities to potentially add to your life.
Here is a small compilation of meditative prompts and illustrations shared on Yumi Sakugawa’s instagram, which I titled, “Solace in Your Desires and Darkness.” On Being podcast hosts a lead trauma researcher, Bessel van der Kolk, in the episode: How Trauma Lodges in the Body.
I gathered a variety of Mad Autonomy readings throughout my research in mad studies, crip theory, and anti-psychiatry. Relatedly, here is an audio peace by Rustbelt Abolition Radio, called Carceral Ableism and Disability Justice. They feature both Leroy Moore and Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe.
Neurodiversity & Mental Health Autonomy:
The Icarus Project, now rebranded as Fireweed Collective, has distributed a diverse spread of mental health publications. I gathered as many as I could track down here. If you have copies of other Icarus Project anti-copyright zines, please send them my way!
An international health autonomy collective called Power Makes Us Sick creates and disseminates their resources here. Another rad research collective is The Belli Research Institute, here are their publications on their site. There is also a podcast series about revolutionary medicine, called Health Autonomy: At the End of Empire.
When thinking about belonging and such social and political implications, Johanna Hedva gives an eloquent talk titled, “My Body Is a Prison of Pain so I Want to Leave It Like a Mystic But I Also Love It & Want it to Matter Politically.” Where they break down the ideology of their “Sick Woman Theory.”
Additionally, Savannah Shange wrote a beautiful, heart-warming and critically challenging piece called, Play Aunties and Dyke Bitches: Gender, Generation, and the Ethics of Black Queer Kinship.
There is an education and politically included care episode: Why Connection Is The Most Important Aspect Of Health, on this medical podcast called Feel Better, Live More with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee.
Specifically with herbalism, I really vibe with the work of Janet Kent, from Medicine County Herbs, which is co-run with Dave Meesters. They have an amazing and resourceful blog, Radical Vitalism. Kent also wrote two zines you can purchase: 1) Ease Your Mind: Herbs for Mental Health and 2) Under Pressure: Herbs for Resilience. Another herbal project I value both medicinally and politically is 69herbs by Jade Marks. They offer resources on their site as well here.
I plan to update this site, including more herbalists to follow and publications to read and share. But for now, I only have two more herbal resources. The Berkeley Herbal Center shares their student research here. Specifically of note is one by Dori Midnight, Holistic Health for Transgender & Gender Variant Folks.
And then finally, I like to use The Herbal Academy when searching for recipes or research. I’ve had more success using a search browser with it though, versus their site navigation if you’re looking for something specific.
disability justice, abolition, intersectional feminist, harm reduction, queer herbalism, revolutionary medicine, mad pride, crip theory