Liberatory Responses to Suicide and Crisis
March 15, 2022
Liberatory Responses to Suicide and Crisis:
In this session, we will discuss the history of carceral responses to suicide and crisis. Beginning with the conflation of madness and queerness, we will explore the ways queer and trans people have been targeted by carceral psychiatric and psychological “interventions.” We will trace the persistence of this historical trauma’s legacy in current crisis response models. After grounding in historical and contemporary responses to crisis and suicide, we will imagine liberatory frameworks for responding to suicide and crisis that resist paradigms of punishment and pathology.
36:09 What is “grave disability?”
37:52 Epistemic and testimonial injustice
41:36 What is the difference between safety planning and safety contracts?
43:57 How to challenge mandatory reporting laws
47:05 Being a health care provider with mental illness
49:43 Gatekeeping inpatient care
52:03 Gender dysphoria in the DSM-5
54:18 Sharing resources
56:38 How to work with clients who have persecutory hallucinations?
1:00:52 Thoughts on having conversations with LGBTQ+ community members around forced interventions
Presenter: Jess Stohlmann-Rainey.
I am Jess (she/her) and I love to talk about suicide. I am a mad, queer, feminist, care worker. I am a trainer and consultant, and work as Director of Peer Services at Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners (who provides the statewide crisis and peer lines, RAINN hotline, Colorado Lifeline, and others), and an instructor at the University of Denver’s School of Professional Psychology. I live as a white settler on the unceded territory of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Sioux) people, (so-called Denver, CO). In my work, I aspire to be a useful person and create pathways to intersectional, justice-based, emotional support for marginalized communities. I believe mutual aid, disability justice, abolitionist, and other liberation ideologies are integral to solve the problems that lead to suicide. Right now, I am really into talking/thinking about epistemology, capitalism, and ethics in the context of suicidology.
Recorded on March 15, 2022.