self care for activists, healing from trauma and burnout

Friends Make the Best Medicine – A Guide to Creating Community Mental Health Support Networks from the Icarus Project.
Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness – invaluable reading from the Icarus Project.
First Aid for Emotional Trauma handout
Herbs for Trauma – zine available free through zinelibrary.info
Healing in the Woods Around Us – zine on medicinal plants for mental health support
Counterbalance – zine on activism, mental health and burnout

about our guests:

Leah Wolfe, MPH, is a community herbalist, street medic, and health educator with a background in behavioral health research. She teaches as a way to contribute to decentralized sources of health care, which are integral to a sustainable, ethical, and affordable system of health that emphasizes public health and autonomy. She will be sharing her approach to self care for activists to help them avoid burn-out and heal from trauma. Her approach incorporates body movement, sacred spaces, herbal medicines, and storytelling. http://serpentine-project.org/home.html

Paula Kelly-Keller, MSW, LSW, has provided counseling and advocacy to women within the non-resident counseling program at Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh for the last fifteen years. she has trained in and utilizes motivational interviewing, transactional analysis, trauma theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the empowerment model in this work. support groups that she has facilitated include children’s groups, women’s trauma groups, sexual assault groups in conjunction with PAAR (Pittsburgh Action Against Rape). she is an educator on domestic violence and healthy relationships classes to church and community groups. she plans to include an art therapy or another experiential project in her presentation.