LGBTQIA2S+ Radical Self-Care Groups

Join Health & Counselling and SFSS Out On Campus for the Spring 2021 series of LGBTQIA2S+ Radical Self-Care Groups!

What is LGBTQIA2S+ Radical Self-Care Groups?

LGBTQIA2S+ Radical Self-Care Groups is a support group for SFU's queer communities, hosted in collaboration with SFSS Out On Campus.

But what is 'radical self-care'?

Queer writer Audre Lorde puts it best: "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare". This could mean:

  • Taking care of your needs before others' - you can't pour from an empty glass!
  • Nurturing your self-worth, beyond what others see in you
  • Finding personal fulfilment away from consumerism
  • Practicing self-compassion and being kind to oneself
  • Accepting yourself, with all your complexity, messiness, and flaws
  • Being sustainable with your resources and being considerate towards yourself
  • Learning to love yourself unconditionally

How does LGBTQIA2S+ Radical Self-Care Groups work?

We'll be tackling some big topics, sharing and listening, and forging genuine connections through our shared experiences right now. By the end, you'll walk away with some different perspectives on group topics, a growing sense of self-compassion, and new skills to add to your self-care 'toolkit'!

These groups are not intended to be a therapeutic space, though you may find them to be similarly beneficial.

Where does it take place?

Sessions will happen virtually via Zoom.

Summer 2021 Schedule


Monday Unavailable
Tuesday Unavailable
Wednesday Unavailable
Thursday Unavailable
Friday Unavailable


Read about one participant's experience here!

How do I join?

Register for this program via Eventbrite in the Upcoming Session section. Registration has closed.

Upcoming Session

About the Facilitators


Ashley is the Coordinator for SFSS Out On Campus, the LGBTQIA2S+ resource centre. He has been volunteering and working in queer organisations and academic research for the past 10 years, focusing on various issues such as prejudice, sexual health, and community-building.

Donna Hutchinson

Donna is in her final year of studies at SFU towards becoming a counselling psychologist. She has worked in the field of health and wellness for over 30 years and co-owns a private fitness studio in Surrey with her wife. 

Sarah Parkes

Sarah is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a MA degree in Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University. Sarah is committed to providing her clients with a collaborative, safe and nurturing space that honors their unique experiences, culture, histories, and identity. Sarah is passionate about helping her clients recognize their personal strengths, cultivate a more compassionate relationship with themselves, and develop key skills and strategies that will help them address their concerns and move towards their unique personal goals.