¿Cómo funciona Vita Activa hoy?

Actualización: Julio de 2022 (LMR)

Vita Activa es una línea de ayuda y un sistema de apoyo que acompaña a mujeres y personas LGBTIQ+, periodistas, activistas y defensorxs de los derechos de género, del trabajo, de la madre tierra y de la libertad de expresión que experimentan estrés, trauma, crisis, cansancio crónico y/o violencias de género en línea

Vita Activa funciona en tres aplicaciones de mensajería: WhatsApp, Telegram y Signal en el +52155-8171-1117

En un espacio seguro, confidencial y gratuito, las personas acompañantes de Vita Activa somos quienes respondemos los mensajes. Somos periodistas, comunicadoras, psicólogas y trabajadoras humanitarias de Latinoamérica con entrenamiento constante para brindar apoyo emocional y acompañar el manejo de crisis.

La propuesta principal de Vita Activa es acompañar emocional y humanamente a las personas que nos contactan, apoyándoles con escucha activa, consejos, ideas y mucho mucho tiempo para estar con elles. Toma tu tiempo para describir lo que tu cuerpa necesite expresar. Estamos aquí para ti. 

En Vita Activa utilizamos la técnica de primeros auxilios psicológicos que consiste en el apoyo básico que las personas necesitan después de cualquier tipo de emergencia. Iniciamos la conversación por mensaje de chat, con tres preguntas. 

La idea es simple, acompañamos a personas en sus momentos de crisis, las apoyamos para que nos cuenten lo que les pasa, para que puedan sentir y pensar sobre lo que sucede y reflexionar sobre los siguientes pasos que quieren tomar.

Entonces… Vita Activa te puede acompañar en: 

  • Manejar las crisis que experimentas con énfasis en tu cuerpa y en tus emociones.
  • Procesar la comprensión de lo que pasa en tu espacio digital y emocional.
  • Armar estrategias para abordar las decisiones que puedas y quieras tomar.                                                           

Vita Activa es feminista, transfeminista, antirracista e interseccional. Nos moviliza la salud mental y la seguridad digital. En nuestro blog puedes encontrar mucha información y consejos que te permitan sanar, poner tu salud mental al centro y encontrar la confianza en ti misme.

Community Care is Self Care

We know… this is the first time we address our users and readers in English. The occasion is very relevant. Our Mental Health Task Force is full of hope and restorative energy.

It is key to focus on us as a community and on the passion we all have for our craft. Journalism is art and labor.

We want you to be ok during these long and stressful workdays when you will put your energy, time, intelligence and might to inform the world of what is happening around you.

Now…in the words of colleagues, friends, let’s explore best practices and a few good tricks to keep it together. And if you need to let it all out we are here for you.

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For keeping cool after a crisis or a tumultuous work day

1- Plan ahead for anxious and stressful times. If you know already what happens when you are at 100%, try to anticipate before your tank is empty to prevent burnout and exhaustion. Take naps, reduce my social media consumption, avoid screen time binging, walk outside and eat good fresh foods.

2- Work mindfully. When there is an avalanche of text messages, breaking news and emergency, slow down, breathe and be confident. I know I am, I have been preparing for this moment my whole life…and I really love what I do. That really helps.

3- Cultivate resilience. Be present, Cultivate hope, Be compassionate, Laugh and Rest…and Breathe, breathe, breathe. I find it personally the easiest and yet the most difficult thing to do consciously.

Meditation audios

How am I- Self care fundamentals https://soundcloud.com/vita-activa/how-am-i-self-diagnosis

Solve – https://soundcloud.com/vita-activa/solve-golden-shining-light-meditation

Centering – https://soundcloud.com/vita-activa/guided-meditation-centering-vita-activa

Crisis management strategic tools

BE PRESENT. Rest, take a break. Stop and breathe

CULTIVATE HOPE. Energy and courage, What matters to you. Leave anger and resentment behind

BE COMPASSIONATE. Gratitude towards yourself and towards other people

DISTRACT YOURSELF. Laugh, it is medicine for your spirit

BREATHE . Just breathe, breathe, breathe

Try to identify the moment when you know your energy levels are low so that you can act before burnout happens.

More at Chris Littlefield’s, Beyondthankyou.com

Cultivate Resilience | Vita-Activa.Org

Recommendations to journalists from other journalists

  • Listen to your body, give it what it needs: food, movement, rest and creative work.
  • Evaluate the effect stress has in your mind, recall previous experiences. Take your time and plan accordingly. 
  • Slow down, try not to overanalyze what is happening to you. Keep abreast of the goals you are trying to achieve at all times. 
  • Work mindfully. When there is an avalanche of text messages, breaking news and emergency, slow down, breathe and be confident. I know I am, I have been preparing for this moment my whole life…and I really love what I do. That really helps.
  • Look at the ways people are reacting and learn from their reactions. If you need to establish limits, do that sooner than later.
  • Think of the welfare and emotional well being of the people you work for and with, as well as those you interview and their loved ones. Your emotions and theirs are in sync.
  • Tenderness and patience are essential. Try to accept what cannot be changed, have the courage to change what can be changed.
  • Breathe to calm down or to re-energize yourself. Breath is what keeps us alive. 

Make a mental health care plan, at Entitled!

During busy news cycles or moments of intense reporting, our teams look to us as barometers of how to respond, or for additional support. But you can’t take care of everyone if you’re not wearing your own oxygen mask. If you follow her on Instagram, you’ll have seen  Stephanie Foo’s great tips on creating your mental health plan for this week. This one from Day 3 resonates: “Figure out what boundaries to set in order to give yourself space to process, rest, heal and plan for action.” Follow Stephanie for more”. (Contact Joanne Griffith Founder of Entitled! For Leaders of Color in Media at hello@entitledleaders.com)

Entitled! | Stephanie Foo

We ARE stressed

The Skimm quotes that, “last month, the American Psychological Association found that 68% of adults surveyed say the 2020 election is a significant source of stress in their life – up from 52% in 2016. Across the board, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents are significantly stressed. And Black adults had an even greater increase in stress from the election, from 46% in 2016 to 71% in 2020. (See: Americans are stressed)

Empathy | Vita-Activa.Org

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Email us: support@vita-activa.org 

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For Journalists in need: Is covering the current News Cycle, Racial Injustice and the Pandemic burning you out? #HELPLINE for women, POC & LGBT journalists. Whatsapp/Telegram/Signal +52155-8171-1117 or email at support@vita-activa.org *confidential-anonymous-free*