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Mental Health on the Mountain

Mental Health on the Mountain

For those of us versed in the unique language of the Burning Man community, the term “green dot”, and the purpose of the Rangers are known quantities at our events. A green dot Ranger is trained to help with emotional situations ranging from overindulgence to interpersonal problems and territorial disputes, among other situations that arise in this kind of event environment. But on occasion, a higher level of intervention may be called for. We at YOUtopia are privileged to have a team of licensed mental health clinicians working in collaboration with our experienced Ranger team to enable us to better address any situations that might arise at our event.

Wellness Vybz, LLC is comprised of licensed mental health practitioners who will add psychological safety and support to San Diego’s YOUtopia. They will be offering crisis management and clinical risk assessment, in collaboration with Rangers and Medical. There will be two 24/7 licensed therapists on call throughout the event, and two staff at the Sanctuary (located at Safety HQ in area 6, next to Medical) to assist those who enter the safe space.

According to founder Cindy, “Wellness Vybz, LLC seeks to promote mental wellness beyond the event. It is important that we not only help festival goers re-orient to the event, but also offer resources and tools for post-event. Our larger mission is to be able to share and expose the value of managing one’s mental health. For some, this may people’s first ever exposure to any counseling like service, and we want to maximize this opportunity to expose resources and support in this setting.”

Examples of potential crises: escalated verbal aggression/ conflict mood instability (i.e. anxiety/ depression), harassment, domestic violence, among others.

We hope that all YOUtopians can feel comfortable bringing any emotional, psychological issues to our team of confidential practitioners. We cannot help where we are not aware of a problem, so please, stop by Safety HQ and say hello to this vital team… And reach out if you, or your friends, are in need.

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