Direct action can be stressful and traumatic. Occupy communities need to work hard to practice self-care and peer-support.
In different cities, various working groups, including Safer Spaces, Medical, Comfort, Education and Outreach have been taking up these issues and trying to cultivate an environment that is non-judgmental and supportive. The stress, police brutality, altered sleeping and eating routines, can all contribute to frayed edges at the occupations. Projects such as Occupy Mental Health are working on and tracking these issues.