Wellness and Self-Care for the Holiday Weekend

Created and curated by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association

As we go into this holiday weekend, we hope that all of you can take some time to relax and check in with yourself. We have made a few updates to this resource list we previously sent around and encourage all of you to recharge and take care of yourselves in the coming days, so that you can head into next week ready to carry on the fight for racial justice.

What to Watch & Listen to This Weekend:

Many streaming platforms have collected anti-racism movies on dedicated channels:

PBS has a variety of specials and resources online:

Resources for Mental Health and Self-Care

Mental health

  • Mental Health and Wellness in a Racism Pandemic:  A town hall with President Obama where he is joined by Congressman John Lewis, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson, Writer and Survivor of Police Brutality Leon Ford, Jr., and Youth Leader LeQuan Muhammad, in a conversation moderated by Activist and Author Darnell Moore. (6/5/20)
  • Compassion Fatigue: The American Bar Association addresses compassion fatigue and how it can affect lawyers.
  • 60 Digital Resources for Mental Health: The list from Social Work License Map spans diagnostic tools, research portals, government organizations, nonprofits, blogs, and phone hotlines devoted to addressing a range of issues.
  • Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience: A Framework For Addressing and Preventing Community Trauma” From the Prevention Institute and funded by Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit in Northern California, this report offers a groundbreaking framework for understanding the relationship between community trauma and violence. (Feb 2016)
  • National Center for Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (SAMHSA) provides a list of Trauma resources for children and families affected by trauma exposure.
  • The National Alliance for Mental Illness: NAMI’s Statement On Recent Racist Incidents and Mental Health Resources for African Americans (5/29/20)

Self-Care

Special thanks to National Legal Aid & Defender Association for this list