Partner: Playground Earth: Activating Climate Emotions, Thursday, May 18 · 6:30 – 10pm PT, Loyola Marymount University
You Are Not Alone
In the fight for social and climate justice, rest and self care is a radical act of resilience. Young people are facing disproportionate rates of mental illness and climate anxiety in today’s age of unprecedented trauma. Yet mental healthcare is inaccessible to those who need it most, especially for young people in frontline communities most impacted by climate change.
Our Climate is partnering with a team of licensed mental health professionals to host Resilience as Resistance: Mental Health and Climate Activism. In this free series, attendees will meet with mental health practitioners to share their experiences and discuss coping strategies to build resilience.
Since launching our Resilience as Resistance: Climate Activism and Mental Health program in November of 2020, we’ve:
- Planned and facilitated 6 Resilience as Resistance events,
- Engaged over 170 young people in confidential roundtable discussions,
- Partnered with 12 licensed mental health professionals and 9 Resilience Advisors,
- Received recognition in the Ho Family Foundation Report, “Youth Leadership and Youth Engagement in Climate and Biodiversity: The need for wellbeing, resilience and mentoring support for the environmental youth movement.”
Our Climate recognizes the need to implement wellness programs because of the complexity of this intersectional crisis and the weight of eco-anxiety. Without mental healthcare, young activists are prone to burnout, making organizing unsustainable.
We have 3 goals for our programming:
Creative Program Offerings: By Q4 2023, there has been 2 Resilience as Resistance in-person events – 1 event in Florida; 1 event in PNW.
Creative Program Offerings: By Q4 2023, there have been 3 virtual Resilience as Resistance events with at least 90 participants.
Creative Program Offerings: By Q4 2023, provide 6-8 Resilience as Resistance monthly resources to stakeholders, fellows, and young people.
Meet our Resilience Advisors!
Lea (pronounced lee) is a licensed therapist, Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, Ph.D. student, and entrepreneur. She primarily works with young adults; helping them prioritize self love, self care, and self acceptance.
As a former public school educator, she became passionate about helping young adults navigate the increasing pressures and pain of coming of age in today’s society.
Her therapeutic interests include childhood, intergenerational, and collective trauma, somatic awareness, and grief and loss.
A self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist, her work places heavy emphasis on compassion, courage, and connection.
Lea also hosts creative therapeutic workshops, titled FEEL, with the aim of creating accessible and safe spaces for collective healing.
Lea resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with her husband and children where she’s always up for spicy food and enjoys a good beat drop.
Peter Bokor was trained as a biologist and more recently obtained an LMSW in Social Work and has worked with dually diagnosed homeless people in Manhattan. As a trustee for over twenty years with the Morton and Jane Blaustein Foundation, he has supported non-profits in the areas of health, education and immigrant rights and has in the past year begun to develop a new program devoted to climate change and environmental justice. He is a board member of Peer Health Exchange, an organization whose mission is to bring a health curriculum to inner city public schools. This year he joined the Global Philanthropy Circle affiliated with the Synergos Group and the Global Engagement Lab, a part of the EDGE’s (Engaged Donors for Global Equity) Just Transition Collaborative. Peter is an ardent supporter of Our Climate. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Jeannie Blaustein. They have two daughters currently in college. When not playing with his dogs he likes to sculpt in stone.
Joel Nigg, Ph.D., is a clinical research psychologist at Oregon Health & Science University. He conducts research on child neurodevelopmental, behavioral, and mental disorders. He has a long standing interest in the linkage between health of the environment and children’s health, and is active on the boards of several non-profit groups working on issues of public concern, particularly climate change.
Sharai Bradshaw, MA, LMFT, RYT-200, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington, D.C. In addition to therapy, she currently provides safe & therapeutic spaces for organizations to comfortably express discomfort while she facilitates support. She wholeheartedly enjoys being an agent of change by providing coping skills which lead to individual and collective growth. Certified in Mindfulness & Child-Parent Psychotherapy, she has worked with individuals for over 15 years creating and coordinating programs focused on coping skills, trauma, and wellness.
Nicole Mare studied Social Work at the Florida International University (FIU) and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work (BSSW) and Master’s of Science in Social Work (MSSW). She is now studying to become a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). During her internship and after graduating, Nicole has provided therapeutic services to marginalized communities. She is currently providing therapeutic services to adolescents, ages 10-18, who experience severe episodes of depression and eating disorders and works part-time with FIU as a research assistant for the SWAY project. As a research assistant for SWAY, she interviews teens about their sexual health and collects data to develop updated and inclusive sexual health measures for health professionals. Her work as a social worker has been fulfilling in many ways, but what has inspired her the most is how resilient humans are, especially when given the right tools to better ourselves, our relationships with others, and our communities.
Tracy Sidesinger, PsyD is a psychoanalytic psychologist, currently practicing virtually from Brooklyn and upstate New York. Her writing and practice focus on gender and sexuality, maternal mental health and the lineage of the feminine, climate anxiety, spirituality, the arts, and equity in access to mental health care. Her writing can be found in Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Journal of Mother Studies, Public Seminar, and Routledge. She is currently working on a collection of essays bridging psychoanalytic insight, interviews, and memoir to bear on the topic of feminine knowing.
Melissa is an environmental educator with over a decade of experience in sustainability, ranging from nonprofit farming to renewable energy startups. Her work focuses on teaching environmentalism in an empowering way by keeping climate conversations place-based, solution-oriented, and community-centered. She teaches undergraduate environmental courses at the School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute, and holds a MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
Janna Diamond (she/her) is a somatic practitioner working at the intersection of trauma healing, culture building, consciousness, and the climate crisis. Her body of work, Evolutionary Somatic Practice, focuses on helping people to cultivate inner resources for collective evolution. She has a private therapeutic practice and leads groups internationally, including most recent programming for Yale University, The Hive Cincinnati, Extinction Rebellion, and numerous faith-based organizations.
Janna’s research has been around supporting therapists and healing practitioners to bring climate consciousness into the therapeutic space, expanding not only the capacity of the practitioner to hold the complexity and magnitude of our days, but also ensuring the client is held with a greater depth of presence during times of planetary transformation. Janna is a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance of North America, United States Association of Body Psychotherapy, and is a Work that Reconnects Facilitator. Learn more at www.jannadiamond.com.
Katrina P Mautner
Katrina P Mautner is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA. They are a queer trauma-informed therapist who works within an anti-oppressive and intersectional framework. Through mindfulness, authentic relationships, radical self-compassion, and existential humanist philosophy, Katrina collaborates with clients on discovering resilience and peace. Katrina enjoys working with members of their own communities – including queer and trans folx, mixed race and multi-ethnic folx, and activists and healers. When not therapizing towards a better future, Katrina enjoys dancing, eating good food with friends and family, and collecting beautiful objects. Connect with Katrina at www.passionfruittherapy.com