Earlier this week, nine members of the Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective met with six deputies from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, one of them a dispatcher, a telecommunicator.
Dressed in plainclothes, the deputies came into the coffeeshop shaking hands, with a flurry of Southern manners and introductions, hands being shaken, small talk exchanged.
Couches had been moved and chairs set out, with a fan of handouts spread onto one of the seats, full of writings on radical mental health, trauma informed care, mutual aid, and listening spaces. Six deputies from Buncombe County, North Carolina recently received Icarus Project postcards. … [click on title for the rest of the post]