Activist Self-care

ACTIVIST TRAUMA

Below are great resources people can checkout in relation to responding to trauma, avoiding burnout & recovering from mass mobilizations & or police brutality.

Activist Trauma:  mutual support in the face of repression
http://www.shutthemdown.org/Resources/Ch%2023.pdf

Activist Trauma and Recovery: How to manage your psychological reactions to brutality from police and others

Activist Trauma and Recovery: Post-traumatic stress is a normal response to abnormal circumstance

How to Cope with Being Attacked by the Police and other Assailants
https://www.activist-trauma.net/en/downloads.html

Responding to Critical Incident Stress in Protests and Mass Mobilizations
(including a piece by Starhawk following Genoa)
http://www.bostoncoop.net/~balm/training/cis_respond.pdf

Coping with Disaster and Trauma: Common responses
http://www.decd.sa.gov.au/fleurieuandkangarooisland/files/links/Coping_With_Disaster_and_1.pdf

Post Traumatic Stress Handout
http://www.iaumc.org/console/files/oWebsite_Page_Files/Post_Traumatic_Stress_Handouts_UGCCKGB2.pdf

10 Good Reasons Why Trauma Matters in Political Activism
https://www.activist-trauma.net/assets/files/trauma-reader-callout_backside_fullres.gif

Mental Health First Aid
http://www.mhfa.com.au/documents/guidelines/8187_MHFA_adulttrauma_guidelines.pdf
See also:
http://www.disastermh.nebraska.edu/files/Psychfirstaidtrainersmanual05.pdf
http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/manuals/psych-first-aid.asp
http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2011/9789241548205_eng.pdf

Participating in Direct Actions: A guide for transgender people
http://srlp.org/files/DirectAction_Nov2011_FINAL-1.pdf

 

BURNOUT

Sustainable Activism and Avoiding Burnout:
https://www.activist-trauma.net/assets/files/burnout_flyer_rightway.pdf

Pacing Yourself for the Journey: How to avoid burnout and thrive while working to change the world
http://www.bcff-online.org/Learn/Documents/GNPL_PacingYourself.pdf

Empowerment and Personal Sustainability: Avoiding burnout and keeping your group afloat
http://aidanricketts.com/empowerment-and-personal-sustainability/

Self –Care: Caring for your most valuable resource
Page 6 of http://www.newtactics.org/sites/newtactics.org/files/18tools.pdf

Rating Scale: How burnout prone is your organisation?
http://www.thechangeagency.org/_dbase_upl/tCA_RateScaleBurnout.pdf

Rating Scale: How well does your group empower its members?
http://www.thechangeagency.org/_dbase_upl/tCA_RatingScale.pdf

Self-Care and Self-Defence Manual for Feminist Activists
http://files.creaworld.org/files/self-care-brochure.pdf

Mindful Occupation: Rising up without burning out
http://mindfuloccupation.org/files/booklet/mindful_occupation_singles_latest.pdf

Supporting Ourselves: Personal stories, practical info, political issues
http://mindfuloccupation.org/files/booklet/mindful_occupation_singles_latest.pdf

 

WEBSITES

Hey Activist – R U OK?
http://plantowin.net.au/2011/09/ruok/
Resources about Sustaining Activism
http://www.thechangeagency.org/01_cms/details.asp?ID=100

“What’s the Point of a Revolution if we Can’t Dance” available from the Urgent Action Fund at:
http://www.wluml.org/node/590

Discussion threads on self care available at
www.newtactics.org

Also
www.capacitar.org
www.headington-institute.org
www.joannamacy.net
www.antaresfoundation.org
http://sanctuaryweb.com
www.mindtools.com

BOOKS
Aftershock, Patrice Jones
In the Tigers Mouth: An empowerment guide for social action, Katrina Shields