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Our Self Care

Our Self Care - the fuffy, edgy, and raw of mental health and wellness

Project Team Members: River-Jordan Allick

Our Self Care is an accessible and intersectional mental health and wellness digital magazine for women/femme/non-binary individuals.

How does your project remove barriers for people with disabilities and/or aging populations?

Our Self Care is written for and by femme-presenting persons living with mental health challenges (and their allies), and it combines accessible web design with a multimedia editorial platform to promote accessibility, intersectionality, and advocacy while collaborating with local mental health, women/trans, and youth community resources. Our Self Care works to facilitate transformative storytelling and offer camaraderie, solidarity, and a destigmatizing narrative for the mental health community.

Where did the idea for your project come from?

I’m a mixed-media artist and a lifelong magazine lover that happens to be living with mental health disabilities. Our Self Care provides an opportunity to combine my passions and create more paid publishing experiences for my fellow emerging artists.

What are the goals and objectives of your project?

Our Self Care is committed to showcasing the writing of young Canadian women/trans/non-binary/femme-presenting persons who are living with mental health, intellectual, and/or developmental disabilities. Our goal is also to promote and advocate for positive mental health and wellness practices, offer innovative media coverage of mental health issues and the lives of persons living with mental health disabilities, and improve the current magazine publishing platform to offer alternative audience interaction within media and information. This will make content and information concerning mental health experiences more accessible to persons living with, experiencing, and overcoming mental health disabilities.

Who is the target audience for your project?

Our Self Care is geared towards 18–29 year old femme-presenting persons that are living with mental health challenges.

What did you and your team gain from being involved in the Accessibility Project?

The Accessibility Project provided me with a network of community arts mentors and resources, a lot of professional development, and a comfort level with self-disclosing my disability.

What are your future plans for your project?

In the future, I would like to scale the scope to reach a large readership, increase fee rates for contributors, and potentially make a sister magazine for a younger (teen) audience.