This year, we will see a new breed of Rangers at Red Earth City. The P.E.E.R. Rangers are Psychological & Emotional Emergency Response (P.E.E.R.) Rangers. They will be identified by a purple-coloured arm band as well as the usual orange Ranger CostuForm.
PEER Rangers will provide support on the Paddock for participants who are having an emotional, mental or psychological crisis that goes beyond the capacity of their local Burner community and Red Earth City Rangers to manage, but that does not yet need medical services.
They will provide immediate emotional, psychological and peer support to participants of all ages, who may require a safe space to process their experiences and to regain a more balanced outlook.
This may involve attending to someone who is experiencing an intense emotional response resulting from:
- a violation of their personal space
- altered states of consciousness
- interpersonal issues.
This role has been developed to better deal with consent and psychological issues after some people experienced these at last year’s event.
Knowledge and experience
The PEER Rangers will undergo some specialist training as well as the usual Red Earth City Ranger training throughout the year and leading up to the event.
Ideal Community Crew will have previous medical, mental health, and/or psychological counselling experience (eg. psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists) or harm reduction. We are also looking for individuals who have broader qualifications or experience in telephone crisis lines, life coaching, peer education, foreign aid, health or emergency services.
This list is not exhaustive and all of these skills are not mandatory. If you believe that you have valuable skills and experience that are not listed here, please get in touch with the REC Rangers via the Facebook Page to discuss your suitability.
To sign up, rock on over here.