March 2019


Hello friends, comrades, and community partners~ 

Happy March, spring is finally on it's way! MHPU! is in planning mode for some upcoming training and events. Check out the details below. 

Over the last month, MHPU! provided mental health support at a couple of the events related to the recent hate crimes against the LGBTQ2SIA+ community.  There was a huge turnout at the Q Center sponsored town hall and also at the Pop Mob Our Streets event. Thanks to our community for organizing such wonderful, responsive events. We send our support and solidarity to those who continue to organize and respond to hate crimes, white supremacy, and alt right organizing.

In solidarity, 
Kirk, Karen, Nicci, Leah, Anna, and Carissa 

You can also connect with us on Instagram! 

MHPU! Upcoming Events

Mental Health Worker Support Groups

Monday, March 18th 7pm-9pm 
1520 N. Alberta St
Facilitated by volunteers - Leah and Kirk 

Tuesday, April 16th
1520 N. Alberta St
Facilitated by Leah and Carissa 

Wed, May 22nd
Facilitated by volunteers-  Karen and Anna

Addressing Race in Clinical Practice: Equity and Inclusion in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

When:  April 27th, 2019
Where:  Lewis and Clark College

This conference will address racism specifically and disparities for people of color in various professional/clinical contexts. CREDN encourages the attendees to step into their own understanding of power, privilege and biases that can and often do affect the clients we are helping.

Register Here

Town Hall Budget Forum Mobilization!!!!

Show up with the Care Not Cops Campaign to push back on the Portland Police Bureau budget for 2019-2020.

Topic:  Public Testimony by Lottery (tickets available at 5:30pm) 
Date:   Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 6:30pm to 8:30pm  
Location:  IRCO- 10301 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97220 
Transit:  MAX Red Line, MAX Blue Line, Bus Line 15, Bus Line 19, Bus Line 25

Spring 2019 
Asylum Assessment Volunteer Training
MHPU! continues to work with Innovation Law Lab to provide pro bono mental health evaluations to support asylum seekers. We have completed a pilot project and want to expand the volunteer base to increase access to this important resource. This training will prepare mental health providers to conduct crucial assessments and reports that support asylum seekers.  We'll send more information as we get closer to the training!   

Spring 2019 
MHPU! Volunteer Orientation 
This is an orientation to the political leanings of MHPU! and how we collaborate with community partners. This will give volunteers an opportunity to orient themselves to values, practices, and ethics as it relates to radical mental health and anti-oppressive organizing. 

June 8th 2019
Intro to Abolition and the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) for Mental Health Providers
This is a training for mental health providers to be introduced to the definitions of abolition and the PIC. We will reflect on ways in which the mental health system participates in systems of oppression, which reinforces the criminalization of Black, brown, Indigenous, houseless, trans and non-binary people. 

Amidst the larger political struggles, stressors, and fears, we know you are working hard to support your clients. We may feel exhausted, numb, or like we can never do enough. These and other symptoms, affect us collectively.

Let's meet these challenges together!