Self Care as Selfless Act: Mental Health at the Root of Activism

This story was reported by Paulina Velasco, a participant in the 2020 California Fellowship.  

Activists in the Latinx immigrant community of Los Angeles share what they do to take care of their mental health. The issues these activists work on often impact their personal lives, and people who work in the service of others are particularly at risk of burnout and compassion fatigue. Self-care becomes a “selfless act” when it allows activists to stay healthy and do their work in a sustainable way.

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  • Paulina Velasco’s reporting on Self Care as Selfless Act: Mental Health at the Root of Activism was undertaken as a USC Center for Health Journalism 2020 California Fellow. Special thanks to USC Senior Fellow, Catherine Stifter.


  • Writer, Producer, Host: Paulina Velasco
  • Editor: Monica Lopez
  • Voice Over Actor: Mariana Carstens
  • Show Distribution: Anita Johnson
  • Staff Producers: Monica Lopez, Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani
  • Executive Director: Sonya Green
  • Director of Production Initiatives and Distribution: Lisa Rudman


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[This article was originally published by Making Contact]