I was raised by a single mama and a very small community of womxn-my family-some by blood, some by bond.
Men were fleeting entities that made appearances and never stayed, they were in fact never needed; the womxn held it down, the womxn preservered, the womxn were the leaders, healers, protectors.
I am who I am due to the womxn- ancestral and present-day - that raised me, fed me, taught me, challenged me, nurtured me, taught me, fought me, pushed me, supported me, loved me. I would be nothing without these womxn.
Last month, I lost two of those womxn, within the course of one week. Both of my aunties ended their lives for reasons beyond what I can share here, but I can say that mental illness was a factor in both of their passings. My family and I are in mourning. This is a journey we are learning how to take as we take it. I cannot turn back time or change what has already happened. But what I can do is honor, support and nurture what still remains here, in this time, in this circle of earth. This is a reminder to myself and others to love yourself and your loved ones actively; be patient, be willing to feel the difficult,the challenging, the unknown. No one should traverse the isolating and complex reality of mental illness alone. I am thankful for the gang of strong, powerful, magical womxn that I came from and grateful too for the loved ones that I have met along the way.
Please expect future work in honor of these womxn.
This is extremely difficult to share, but I feel it is important to do so.
Lastly, I am working on compiling a collection of resources for people struggling with mental illness, suicide and loss. I would like this collection of comprehensive and holistic resources to be accessible to all people, but especially to people of color, to poor and struggling folks, to womxn and lgbtq communities, to undocumented people, to non-english speakers, to people who are isolated, neglected and cut off from the privilege of access to help that only a very small percentage of people actually get. I need YOUR help! If anyone has any resources to share or would like to help in this effort, please DM or email email@example.com