Courageous people and communities around the world are fighting to make rights and justice universally possible. But they face attacks and reprisals from powerful vested interests. The constant threat of physical, digital or psychological harm places advocates and activists at great risk of burnout, stress, and trauma. The impacts transcend our work, rippling out to create fear and anxiety in our daily lives, for our families, and within our communities.
Against this backdrop, the laudable but unsustainable culture of self sacrifice within environmental and social movements must be addressed. We can start to view acts of personal resilience as acts of resistance!
To encourage this shift, Open Briefing launched on World Mental Health Day a series of wellbeing webinars for those agitating and advocating for rights and justice. Each month, one of our counsellors or psychologists will introduce a key wellbeing and resilience issue and facilitate a discussion among like-minded peers facing similar challenges. These free, 60-minute webinars will be held under the Chatham House Rule in order to encourage exchange.
The first webinar is on Monday 17 October 2022 at 13:00 UTC on the topic of: Pouring energy from our jar: An introduction to wellbeing for advocates and activists
All are welcome. Participation is free, but please make sure to save your seat by registering as soon as possible. A confirmation email will follow registration with the call-in details.
The full programme of future webinars is available for your diaries!