RMHFA was MORE than a HIT! we are framing everything we do from the ACTION framework/plan, as we prepare for our Resident Assistant Training and the start of the academic year. we are immensely appreciative of all your work, energy, and knowledge sharing.
I found the class so rich and full of different ideas...I was very struck by the focus on building TRUE consent and respectful care that honors a person's autonomy and humanity. the class itself was so deeply focused on inclusion and accessibility as well.
so first of all, just the way the training is structured and expectations are set up around taking care of yourself while participating such as identifying and sharing access needs really changes how I have previously viewed trainings and workshops. not infantilizing but empowering. in general challenging everything I learned in school when approaching mental health first aid.
loved every juicy moment of today's session - I think RMHFA brings together tangible practical frameworks in such a concise and beautiful and accessible way - bravo!
we have been trained on mental health first aid and suicide intervention from a western/colonial/medical model and this training meets my WHOLISTIC lens and framework much more accurately.
my biggest takeaway: that care and responding to a state of crisis is never a one-size-fits-all approach. so much of what i've learned about giving and receiving care is based on assumptions and not consent, and I learned how radical and necessary it is to reject assumptions, especially ones propped up and benefited by carceral, ableist, sanist, oppressive systems.
I wanted to share that after the training, I had a session with one of my clients who lives with an eating disorder and I used the RMHFA plan by coming into the session with my nervous system regulated and approaching her with consent and curiosity, identifying the power structure and sharing power with her in how she wants care to look like for her. It was an incredibly beautiful conversation and she said no other therapist has ever spoken to her in this way.