Post-release of the camp "What to do next?"

On December 20-22, a camp “What to do next?” Was held at the Kara-Bulak hotel, dedicated to the covid-19 pandemic and its consequences. The goal of the camp was to create conditions for community support, prevention and response during a pandemic.

The psychologist of the training talked about the ways and possibilities to protect their psycho-emotional state in a situation of high stress and isolation. The participants worked in groups, remembered and discussed their psychological state during the first wave of the virus, and made appropriate recommendations.

A friendly journalist introduced the participants to how you can check the accuracy of information about the virus and news related to it in the media and not spread unverified information. During the group work, the participants were able to check in practice the information disseminated in the media and find primary sources to confirm the relevance.

The Labrys lawyer held a session dedicated to the changes in legislation introduced during the quarantine to this day. During which time, we were able to decipher the bills and understand what consequences they can lead to. We also discussed what a “Public Discussion” is and how we citizens can react to bills that are submitted for this - Public Discussion.

The medical specialist introduced the participants to the theoretical knowledge that helps to form a clearer understanding of covid-19, worked in a group, which culminated in the development of recommendations for prevention. In the end, everyone focused on the fact that there is a virus and that people should not be perceived as a threat to themselves and their health.
One of the tasks of our camp was to create a volunteer pool of people with the necessary knowledge about covid-19, who will be able to provide quality peer education among the LGBT community, their loved ones, relatives, friends and subscribers on social networks. In particular, inform about:

• the spread of covid-19
• hotlines, crisis centers, LGBT organizations
• opportunities to support each other (psychological first aid)
• opportunities for volunteering (in different ways)
• rights
• how important it is to adapt to the new realities that are now built on remote communication.

Also, it is important to increase your potential through validation / relevance of information and share this knowledge among your audience. We can all take part in lobbying for social guarantees, promoting bills, monitoring the implementation of government decisions - in everything that civil society can influence.