I’ve been meaning to write this post for several months now. It came out via tweets, instead, but I think it works better that way. I haven’t been able to physically participate in the protests regarding Ferguson, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tanesha Anderson, [heartbreaking string of names], but I wanted to at least offer some more tangible support to keep the movement going. I’ve used these techniques with youth (homeless and not) as well as myself.
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That said, consider this a list of ‘handy tips’ from a concerned citizen, co-signed by a couple of licensed professionals as seen via tweets.
I’ve been meaning to pull together something like this since supporting a couple of protesters via phone a few months ago. These tips work for anyone who’s experienced trauma (or even is just stressed out, generally).