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.
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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.
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.