LGBTQ+ Radical Self-Care Groups

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

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

In these groups, focused on supporting SFU's queer communities, 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. Read more about one participant's experience at a group here!

Out On Campus provides an accessible and inclusive space for all students. 

About the Facilitators


Ashley is the Coordinator for SFSS Out On Campus, the LGBTQ+ 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.


The New Normal: Restoring and Reimagining our Futures


Tuesday, February 23


1:30 to 3:00pm


Online via Zoom

As we approach the light at the end of the collective trauma known as 'COVID-19', how do we return to 'normal' while critically engaging with the unjust realities of pre-COVID times? Join counselling practicum student, Donna Hutchinson, and Out On Campus Coordinator, Ashley Brooks, to talk about how we can restore our normal routines and habits, be agile in the face of potentially radical social change, and manage our return to life in public as queer people.

Graduating from Grief: Turning Anger into Action


Wednesday, March 24


2:30 to 4:00pm


Online via Zoom

With so much wrong in the world, how can we channel our grief and anger into community impact, while also being sustainable with ourselves? Join clinical counsellor, Sarah Parkes, and Out On Campus Coordinator, Ashley Brooks, to talk about activism and volunteering as self-care, the important role privilege plays in our ability to take care of ourselves, and how we can ward off burnout and compassion fatigue while engaging with the unpleasant realities of the world we currently live in.


Sign-up for sessions using the Eventbrite below.

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