Dissociation: Trapped in Your BodyImagine you are standing with your head poking out of a little tent, alone in an enormous open clearing, in the middle of a raging hurricane. There’s almost no space to hear yourself think over the wind. At the edge of the clearing, far away, the wind knocks down trees and power lines. The storm is so vast and loud you can’t hear your own voice over the pummeling noise, because the wind whips the words out of your mouth before you utter them.
In a matter of hours the Senate is set to vote on HR 4320, a Medicare bill which contains a provision that would subject people in crisis to court-ordered forced drugging (euphemistically termed "assisted outpatient treatment"), while eliminating initiatives that promote evidence-based, voluntary, peer-run services and supports. Please take action to help stop this! The stakes are high and we don't have much time.
To support, encourage, and inspire mutual aid, a few people have mentioned that it might be really awesome to periodically feature the work of some local groups and allied support networks on the mainpage of Icarus.
What happens when people who have lived experience of police intervention in crisis, and the trauma that often comes with such interventions, sit down to talk with law enforcement officers who are trying to learn how to be better allies to people in crisis?