Aug 4th 2018

Make Yourself Useful, in collaboration with Reunion Chicago and Cellar Door Provisions, is pleased to present Alternatives to Calling Police During Mental Health Crises.

Reunion is wheelchair accessible. Light lunch and refreshments will be served, brought to you by Make Yourself Useful and Cellar Door Provisions. A suggested cash donation of $5-10 is requested at the door, to compensate the workshop facilitators and the venue.

Alternatives to Calling Police During Mental Health Crises is a community-based movement to train folx in de-escalation techniques and protect mentally ill community members from police violence and the criminal justice system. Their hope is to imagine what a world without police might look like — where widespread over-policing and mass incarceration are replaced with crisis intervention, community response teams, and restorative justice.

This workshop intends to ask and discuss questions such as: How do marginalized identities intersect during mental health crises and how does this affect treatment by police? What are the ways to support people in mental health crises? How can we take care of ourselves and others? How can we create a community of support?

Make Yourself Useful is a network of people committed to actively fortifying POC-led racial justice movements in Chicago and beyond.

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