Wellness in Color: Advocacy in Disability; Does Wellness Equal Cure? (Bree Zimmerman)

Welcome to “Wellness in Color,” a podcast series that explores perspectives on mental health to reshape the cultural language of mental illness.

Interview Guest: Bree Zimmerman

Hosted by: Maritza Steele

Produced by: NAMI Minnesota (namimn.org)

Guest Bio:  Bree Zimmerman is a 29 year old black, queer, physically disabled woman living in the Twin Cities area. Also an introverted “cat mom”, Bree is a passionate advocate who works to help create greater accessible spaces for disabled people including amplifying the voices surrounding disability justice. In her current venture she is excited to observe and take part in the growing number of conversations about healing practices while exploring different modalities- specifically ones prioritizing the importance of what holistic collective care and healing can look like for black and brown folks, both as a community and as individuals.

Bree’ Recommended Websites on Disability Justice:

Bree’s book recommendation: “Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure” by Eli Clare

This episode was recorded on 04/26/2019 at NAMI Minnesota in St. Paul, MN.

For more information and resources on mental illness, education and legislative advocacy please visit the NAMI Minnesota website at namimn.org

Efforts related to “Wellness In Color” podcast episodes were supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award Number UL1TR002494. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.