WHO IS YOUR PROXY?
A Proxy is an individual designated to de-escalate conflicts or crises and provide a neutral listening ear. A proxy can be a personal connection, a member of an outreach community or organization or a licensed professional in emotional and mental health services.
“At first, a Proxy takes on the role of an emotional driving instructor with the capacity to shift and ease us back on track step by step to normalcy, until we regain trust within ourselves to make appropriate decisions and take appropriate actions without putting others or ourselves in danger.”
Although it is recommended that you have more than one Proxy at a time, it is always best to reach out to a licensed or trained professional in a time of crisis and emergency.
Examples of a licensed emotional and mental Proxy:
* Family doctor
* Life Coach
* Social worker
Examples of a close tie Proxy:
* Community center
* Family member
* Religious figure
* Spiritual coach
* Sports coach
WHY HAVE A PROXY?
It is our responsibility to maintain our own emotional and mental well-being. Contacting a Proxy is done so by choice and should be the first step when on the verge of hurting or killing someone.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A PROXY?
A Proxy should have no other agenda but to provide unbiased assistance in de-escalating and preventing violent or potentially violent or deadly situations.
A Proxy should provide encouragement to an individual as a confidant and create a safe and comfortable environment for others to share their thoughts.
A Proxy should recognize his or her own limitations in assistance and refer an individual to another Proxy as needed.