Every Tuesday, come hear wisdom about connecting as our guests are interviewed by therapist and Sidewalk Talk founder, Traci Ruble. When we hear each other we change the world by creating belonging, inclusion, and wellness.
Standout Quotes From This Episode
When he was a teen, Julian Plumadore was living on the streets of Seattle, Washington. His lived experience as a trans teen, experiencing homelessness, and his own twenty-year work sustaining his own mental health have created a beautiful and loving conviction to do right by people struggling with homelessness and mental health crisis. In this interview, you will learn and be inspired to take up the work of humanizing homelessness.
Police and Crisis Intervention in San Francisco
Now a trainer for MentalHealthSF.org who offers Crisis Intervention Training to newer San Francisco Police Officers and the general public, Julian has seen first-hand the impact of changing the way we think about homelessness and mental health. People who were previously wary of police, now feel supported.
If you are going to call the San Francisco Police Department for help with someone who is struggling on the street ask the following…
Do You Have Any of These Stigmas About Being Homeless?Julian and I talked about the wrong stigmas that we hold about people who are experiencing homelessness. That they are lazy, choosing this lifestyle, and somehow deserve living this way. All of which are not true and Julian's own story helps us see the larger truth. The research I quoted about our brain’s predisposition to fully not recognize as human people struggling with addiction and those experiencing homelessness can be foundhere.
To make a difference in the life of someone homeless, humanize them, was the big take away.
But there are things we need to get straight so we can humanize rather than objectify.
These are just a few of the wisdom points Julian offers but listen to the interview. You will be so overjoyed to hear Julian's story and be infused by possibility and you will come away hopeful that there are people like Julian in the world doing this work.
You can learn more about Julian’s work at mentalhealthsf.org and if there are other organizations in your part of the world that you think deserve a shout out, we would like to know about them. Post a comment with a link to their work below.
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