Monday, June 24, 2013

Zine Review: The Worth of Water

The Worth of Water
half letter / 36 pages / $2
available from Sweet Candy Distro

I've read some excellent self-care zines recently & this compilation is outstanding. Sarah Rose has curated a group of very powerful essays related to mental health & taking care of ourselves in an overwhelming culture. The Worth of Water starts off with a recipe for mulled cider and an essay on John Waters (the filmmaker) then shifts into more serious territory with Craig Lewis detailing the cycle of failure followed by determination to change that many of us go through when dealing with our wellness. Deirdree Prudence contributes her experiences with DBT and how zinemaking has positively impacted her sense of accomplishment. There is excellent information on caring for a trauma survivor (aren't most of us?). Jonas of Cheer the Eff Up discloses his recovery from a horrific accident and struggles with addiction to painkillers following months of rehabilitation.

Every article in this zine has substantial information and insight to offer. If you experience mental health issues, distress, stress, overwhelm, mood swings, depression, anxiety, emotional disregulation or anything that impacts on your emotional wellbeing (and again, that’s most of us), reading The Worth of Water is like having a group of generous and supportive friends reassuring you that you are not alone, and sharing what they've learned on their own journeys. Peer support doesn't get any better than this. 

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