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Im a protest medic. I ran a clininc in Occupy. I was hit by a cop in Chicago for getting a patient who had been hit so hard by a baton they were semi-unconscious. I helped run a clinic in NYC after Sandy.
Protest medics (PM) developed from the civil rights era when doctors would join the Black marchers to provide aid because no one else would. We started in anti-oppression politics and that trend continues.
In our trainings and practices we

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protest medic scene and mental health professionals 

hand down our stories different from coast to coast. Everyone has seen the person who trained me who took a tazer barb out of a woman's breast.
PMs are not skeptical of therapy and meds. But what we are against wholeheartedly are mental institutions in the States. Unless you have money many of them are similar to jails, from my own experience and others.
PMs deal with mental crises in different ways. We encourage appointments with therapists

protest medic scene and mental health professionals 

psychiatrists and close friends.
A standard practice is sitting with a person in crisis, taking them into your home, or staying with them, taking care of their needs, helping them and constantly working with them to assess where they are at.
Our skepticism of mental institutions is central to the history of street medics. Drawing on alternative practices, working with local therapists, working with the person themself, all of these are the

protest medic scene and mental health professionals 

ways in which we counter the oppressive nature of mental hospitals in America.

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