Prior to covid-19 I participated in a weekly art therapy group through my community's behavior health clinic. This is where I rediscovered collage art. In group I would create at least one collage or cut out images from magazines and sort them by color. Soon I began to create 1-7 collages per day while at home. In group we talked about our lives, families, mental health, and our need for individual and collective care.
Prior to covid-19 I participated in nurturing parent program classes (12 weekly sessions) in my community with other indigenous parents on topics including nurturing self, role modeling, early education, chemical education, suicide prevention, empathy, nurturing the child, identifying feelings, discipline and boundaries, and domestic violence.
I confess I am not a writer, a poet, none of that lol. HOWEVER. Recently I participated in a writing workshop with writer Julia Mallory in collaboration with literary journal Raising Mothers on IG. The workshop, The Naming of Dreams, focused on naming our dreams through poetry, specifically through haiku, sonku (created by Sonia Sanchez - 6 lines, 3 syllables) and haiju (created by Julia Mallory - 13 lines, 13 syllables). Ever since I have been writing haiju (most of the poems in this issue are haiju) and I can't stop!
I have known Alecia Deon for over three years as a friend and as a spiritual guide. Through her Patreon ($11.11 Selenite tier) every month I am able to access tarot readings, spiritual uses for various herbs & spices, dream interpretations, details on planetary transits, full moon & new moon divination, and quarterly, monthly and yearly energy forecasts with journal exercises.
I found out about Fearless Femme from Instagram, that they were offering peer counseling for queer, trans Black, Indigenous, people of color. I completed eight 40-minute sessions with a peer counselor over the phone.
About Fearless Femme 100:
Fearless Femme 100 is a covid-19 response mental health service project staffed by BIPoC trans femmes, GNC/NB folks and cis women offering peer counseling to QTBIPoC.
Peer counseling is community based, helping to establish connection to community, to reduce psychiatric incarceration, and to provide "community, not cops, as a response to crisis."
"Peer Counseling allows us to bring thought into action: A community based example of how we move and shift away from oppressive structures that have limited our capacities to heal."
FOR CHILDREN & THE FAMILY
One of my sons receives equine-assisted psychotherapy at an equestrian facility. Equines are horses, donkeys and zebras. At this particular facility there are also alpaca, goats, and chickens. This type of therapy offers grooming, feeding, and ground exercises of the animals with a therapist to address emotional, social, cognitive and behavior needs of the client. This is an excellent type of trauma therapy. Because of covid, weekly sessions are via zoom (minus the animals).
Our family is part of a program that focuses on family preservation with bi-weekly in-home and/or learning home therapy facilitated by a clinician to meet our individual and family goals. In-home is within our own community environment and learning home is a home provided for families to spend the week or weekends. Again because of covid, sessions are via zoom.
Every week my children meet with a mentor via zoom.
We are a family of artists. One of my sons prefers creating Simpsons art while the other prefers making comics. They are the creators of the zine Black Indigenous Boy.
Both are interested in Pokemon, anime, dance, music, Legos, spending time with family, and learning about cultural history.
OTHER RESOURCES I RECOMMEND
*these zine titles can also be checked out from my library, the people's zine library. sign up here.