[Wctcca] Mental Health Volunteers Sought for BLM Protests

Devon Klein DKlein at greenriver.edu
Fri Jun 12 14:13:26 PDT 2020

Dear Esteemed Colleagues,

I know that we all have a LOT on our plate with the end of the school year, however, we are also all called to this work because of our compassion and desire to help support those who are struggling. So, I therefore thought it was worth passing along this request for support from leadership within the Black Lives Matter Protests in Seattle.

As you may have heard, the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) has become a centralized location for many protest activities and is entirely volunteer run in it's efforts. Because of the nature of these protests, the controversy surrounding them and the violence sometimes brought into the actions; mental health support is needed.

If you are willing and able to volunteer, no sign up in advance is required. You can report directly to the medical services run by the Pink Umbrella organization located in the Rancho Bravo parking lot "ready for street action." That address is: 1001 E Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122. For clarity, this type of service is more de-escalation and triage than true therapy. Think of mental health first aid, as a close analogy.

I hope that you all are finding ways to feel heard and that you are making an impact on the issues pressing on our society right now, regardless of what role you chose to take. There is no one right way to respond and I respect each of your professional ethics in deciding what is right for you. I hope that you get across the finish line to summer soon and allow yourself some R&R after this truly unprecedented quarter! Thank you for your service to students, you are doing great work!

In gratitude,
Devon Klein, MA, LMHC

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