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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.

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This piece of writing comes out of a series of discussions which occurred on the forums of libcom.org. It was repeatedly raised that depression, mental illness, and emotional stress are very common amongst libertarian political activists. Furthermore, suffering from mental illness as someone who is politically active often comes with its own set of complications. Sometimes the wider anarchist/ activist community is supportive and helpful. Other times, we can feel just as alienated amongst fellow anarchists as we do from the rest of capitalist society. With that in mind, the goal of this pamphlet is to offer some advice on what’s generally helpful in maintaining overall mental health.

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Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.  AFSP creates…

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The UndocuBlack Network (UBN) is a multigenerational network of currently and formerly undocumented Black people that fosters community, facilitates access to resources, and contributes to transforming the realities of our people, so we are thriving and living our fullest lives. This is done by 3 main implementations: Developing the leadership of our members through tools,…

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Reading time: 2 minutes The work performed by Human Rights Defenders (HRD’s) is formidable. Distress and confrontation are part of human rights work and take its toll on HRD’s mental health. Yet, activists are often expected to be psychologically well-balanced and available around the clock. The International Civil Society Centre is breaking the stigma around talking about HRDs’ psychological…

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Organization logo: Centro de investigación y Promoción para America Central de Derechos Humanos (CIPAC)

CIPAC es una organización no gubernamental, con perspectiva de género humanista cuyo fin es eliminar las inequidades sociales vinculadas con las orientaciones sexuales y las identidades de género, por medio de la inclusión de la juventud, la investigación, la auditoría social, educación popular y la promoción de los derechos humanos y la salud integral.

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Organization logo: Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ)

La Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ) es una organización apartidaria, sin fines de lucro dedicada a la defensa de los derechos de los grupos más desfavorecidos de la sociedad y el fortalecimiento de la democracia en Argentina. Tiene por objetivos defender la efectiva vigencia de la Constitución Nacional y los principios…

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As the largest privately funded agency in the Americas offering free help to homeless kids, Covenant House provides 24/7 crisis care and on-going support for kids and teenagers in need of a safe place to go.

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