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Rethinking Psychiatry Press Release Self Care
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Rethinking Psychiatry Hosts Molly DuMars to Reclaim "Self-Care" for People with Mental Health Challenges and Activists (Photo) - 05/30/19

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”  - Audre Lourde


Does “self-care” feel like a co-opted concept to make us feel better about our trauma-inducing society? On Wednesday, June 5, Molly DuMars (founder of the grassroots group Reimagining Recovery) will talk at Rethinking Psychiatry’s 1st Wednesday community event. Her topic is how to reclaim a more radical, trauma-informed, social justice-oriented form of self-care. Expect the talk to be interactive and lively!


“Self-care” has become a buzz word. People who struggle with mental health challenges are blamed for not practicing proper self-care. It is often invoked to encourage people to consume more, rather than to fight against structural issues like oppression and inequality. Years ago, feminist civil rights activist Audre Lourde wrote eloquently about how self-care was vital to people who are fighting for social justice. On June 5th, help us reframe and reclaim self-care!

This event will take place on Wednesday, June 5, from 7-9 p.m., at 232 SE 80th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97215 (Montavilla Methodist Church). The event is free, but donations are welcome and appreciated. The venue is ADA accessible and we will provide refreshments, including plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.


For more information on Reimagining Recovery, please visit the site or e-mail

For more on Rethinking Psychiatry’s work, or for specific questions about the event, please visit the site or e-mail">