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
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
Responding to Critical Incident Stress in Protests and Mass Mobilizations
(including a piece by Starhawk following Genoa)
Coping with Disaster and Trauma: Common responses
Post Traumatic Stress Handout
10 Good Reasons Why Trauma Matters in Political Activism
Mental Health First Aid
Participating in Direct Actions: A guide for transgender people
Sustainable Activism and Avoiding Burnout:
Pacing Yourself for the Journey: How to avoid burnout and thrive while working to change the world
Empowerment and Personal Sustainability: Avoiding burnout and keeping your group afloat
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?
Rating Scale: How well does your group empower its members?
Self-Care and Self-Defence Manual for Feminist Activists
Mindful Occupation: Rising up without burning out
Supporting Ourselves: Personal stories, practical info, political issues
Hey Activist – R U OK?
Resources about Sustaining Activism
“What’s the Point of a Revolution if we Can’t Dance” available from the Urgent Action Fund at:
Discussion threads on self care available at
Aftershock, Patrice Jones
In the Tigers Mouth: An empowerment guide for social action, Katrina Shields