By If/When/How Staff
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and wellness. If/When/How presses on in solidarity with organizations such as National Alliance on Mental Illness, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Indian Health Service (IHS), Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), and the Trevor Project, with a commitment to continuing the conversation regarding mental wellness.
Throughout the year If/When/How has been proud to feature a number of blogs about overcoming mental illness, striving towards a life filled with self-care, and forsaking the habits — often promoted in the field of law — that keep us from balanced lives brimming with a sense of worth and self-compassion. We invite you to take a look at these blogs and join us in the conversation!
University of Texas School of Law chapter leader Rosann Mariappuram shares her reflections on what meaningful self-care requires. Through her candor and honesty, Rosann reminds us that self-care requires authenticity and attention to one’s true needs.
If/When/How Program Assistant Diamond Raymond discusses the importance of acknowledging our complicity in systemic oppression that causes the need for folks of color to do intensive self-care. Diamond reminds us that in addition to promoting self-care we must also work to dismantle the institutions causing harm. It’s only when we do this that our care for the mental well-being of folks color becomes meaningful and sincere.
If/When/How Director of Campus & Community Programs Lina Houston shares her story of resistance and resilience through retaking the bar exam and uplifts the importance of honoring ourselves even through tribulations. Lina reminds us that our worthiness is not contingent on the success markers of others and cannot be taken away.
If/When/How Program Assistant Diamond Raymond reflects on her journey with anxiety and depression and shares how they have shaped her involvement in the reproductive justice movement. In discussing the hard-won lessons from her experiences, Diamond reminds us that we are all touched by anxiety and depression, whether through our own experiences or through the experiences of a loved one.
If/When/How thanks all of our authors for their vulnerability and commitment to raising awareness about self-love, self-care, and mental wellness. We are proud to have featured their voices on our blog and look forward to highlighting the stories of others who have demonstrated resistance, resilience, and compassion for self.