When terrible things happen in our communities, countries and the world, we want to reach out a helping hand to those who are affected. This guide covers psychological first aid which involves humane, supportive and practical help to fellow human beings suffering serious crisis events. It is written for people in a position to help others who have experienced an extremely distressing event. It gives a framework for supporting people in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities. Despite its name, psychological first aid covers both social and psychological support.
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One of the amazing things about activists is that we often deliberately expose ourselves to brutality when we believe it necessary. What is sometimes equally surprising is how little we know about the psychological effects of this violence. We need to prepare ourselves and learn how to support each other through the physical and emotional consequences of trauma.
Below is a brief introduction to the principle of “intersectionality” and some framing questions to support your application of the framework in your proposals, presentations, and discussions for the US Human Rights Network’s national bi-annual conference, Advancing Human Rights.
Fireweed Collective offers mental health education and mutual aid through a Healing Justice lens. They help support the emotional wellness of all people, and center the needs of those most marginalized by our society. Their work seeks to disrupt the harm of systems of abuse and oppression, often reproduced by the mental health system.
This handout explains how reevaluating our approach to our own mental, emotional and physical health can play a large part in enabling our activism to become more sustainable, and thereby help us to avoid burning out, and so continue our resistance.
This guide explains the basics for organizing and sustaining an antifascist group. It provides resources to help with planning actions, accessing legal support, digital security and other aspects of organizing.
This is a list that you can use to help put together a good first aid kit for the streets. No one carries all of this – pick and choose those items that make sense to you, and match your skill level.
In an action, in any potentially tense of dangerous situation, we need to be able to stay calm, to feel our fear without letting it overrun us or turn into panic. Grounding is a technique that can help us stay both alert and relaxed when all hell is breaking loose around us.
This infosheet compiles suggestions on dealing with critical incident stress and helping others respond to it. Critical incident stress can be caused by events at protests and mass mobilizations such as: use of terror tactics (sometimes indiscriminately) by police, including physical, mental and sexual assault; the experience of prolonged and intense fear; being separated from injured colleagues; and sexual harassment by other protestors.