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Something that's equal parts inspiring and really sad is our collective economy of mental health support #WorldMentalHealthDay
A lot of us are varying degrees of messed up & unwell, whether a result of violent and oppressive systems or body chemistries (or both)...
...and we're all using what finite and often depleted energy and resources we have to support one another's health and well-being.
And on one hand, there's such beauty in our capacity to be generous with one another. But on the other, it really isn't sustainable.
We need more money, more & better care and support resources, more empathetic systems and families and wider communities...but how?
Beyond destroying the natural world, racial capitalism (and all of its oppressive intersecting and co-constituting offshoots) is killing us.
It's propagating values and material conditions destroying our mental and emotional health, creating policies to deny access to care.
And all we can do is to help one another survive a little longer, to somehow make our stay on this earth more bearable.
I say this to say centering self-preserving is important. You know how you're told to put on your own mask before helping someone else?
Supporting your people is good and important. But what good are you to anyone, and most importantly yourself, if YOU can't function?
Capitalism enthusiastically teaches selfish individualism, but it doesn't teach us how to properly take care of ourselves...
...how to self-conceptualize as a self worth saving and protecting and taking care of.
Collective care is vital, and hyper-individualized self-care wouldn't be necessary if we had a dramatic reimagining of community function.
But please, please. Don't feel guilty for taking care of yourself, for doing what's necessary to help yourself first #WorldMentalHealthDay

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