Beyond the Story Project: Letting Go of Internalized Oppression - Compassionate Activism Building Awareness for Personal and Social Change

Mitzy Sky

The Compassionate Activism training part of the Beyond the Story Project: Letting Go of Internalized Oppression is a gathering of inspiring teachings and information from many resources supporting people to make informed consent decisions around psychiatric/behavioral/mental health services. The Compassionate Activism training stems from the conviction that learning, unlearning, relearning, and communicating from a foundation of curiosity and respect is a change agent that opens opportunities for community building and awareness. Through the Compassionate Activism training, attendees learn about self, systems, legislative advocacy, the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement, holistic practices, public speaking, health & wellness, conscious and unconscious learned biases, storytelling, and spiritual teachings.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to understand how awareness of society's social construct affects a person’s overall well-being. It is important to note that what happened before us as well as what happened to us, matters.
  2. Participants will be able to understand the power of language to influence the mind and have strength from within to overcome adversities while practicing forgiveness, empathy, and compassion in service.
  3. People receiving mental health services, service providers, and the general public will gain knowledge and resources from those who advocate for transformation of the medicalization of emotional distress called “mental illness.”
    • “A glimpse is enough to initiate the awakening process, which is irreversible.” Eckhart Tolle
    • “We cannot use the master’s tool to dismantle the master’s house.” Audre Lord