Notes about these resources:
This is an exploration, not a destination—it is not meant to “have all the answers.” These are ongoing works in progress that will be continually updated and improved. Humbling as it is to put unfinished, unpolished and evolving work out into the world, it feels more important to get information to public defenders if it might help us stay well and stay in this work. To the extent that opinions are expressed, they are mine and not those of any employer. These resources have been written and compiled during off hours from multiple jobs for multiple employers. Please send feedback, corrections, additions, wisecracks, links that have gone dead, and creative improvement ideas to email@example.com. This compilation of ideas related to sustaining well-being in public defense has two parts: a chapter on Sustaining Well-Being in Public Defense and an A-Z Resource Guide for Sustaining Well-Being in Public Defense. Some topics are more fully developed than others, and the project will progress irregularly. Updates will be posted to besustained.org. The A-Z categories are a bit idiosyncratic. There are questions and worksheets that invite introspection and reflection; be sensitive to your own triggers, concerns and comfort in everything you choose to do and not to do. I’m not a doctor or mental health provider, and you should consult one with any questions you have about breathing exercises or yoga practice–or taking up trapeze, ax throwing, or parachuting as your third thing– or anything at all, and let your own judgement guide anything you do to support your well-being. I just want you to take care of yourself and be a kick ass public defender.