This workshop will train folx in alternatives to calling the police when an individual is experiencing a mental health crisis.
Training will include:
1. Ways to identify various mental health crises in progress and stories from people with mental illness who have experienced police oppression during crises
2. A discussion of how various marginalized identities (race, class, age, ability, gender, sexuality, income, type of work) intersect with mental illness to influence treatment by police
3. Deescalation and crisis-coping techniques
4. A Q&A/talkback with presenters
We’ll also be printing a zine containing stories of folx with mental illness/psychiatric disabilities who have been oppressed by police as well as more deescalation and self-care techniques. The zine would be distributed at the workshop. Folx can contribute to the zine anonymously if they’d like — we’d just need their contributions by March 15.