Exciting times! The future of Kosmicare UK is here:- 2018 marks our 10th year of looking after people having a difficult time at music events and festivals, specialising in psychological and psychedelic crisis.
We started as a group of concerned individuals that realised in the UK there was little help for people having a difficult time, apart from being escorted to hospital which we believe can make the situation worse (if there is no medical attention required). Our approach has always been working with individuals and medical personnel to avoid the need for hospitalisation and turn cases from traumatic experiences into challenging but positive journeys. In 2016 we became a registered UK charity and we have no religious or political affiliations.
This year we are re-launching our service. We will now be known as PsyCare UK Welfare & Harm Reduction (PsyCare UK for short). We will still offer our one-to-one service; from those needing facilitation during their ‘difficult trip’, to those just needing a ‘safe space’ where they can come and get a good sleep, to those in need of comfort, company, tea and warmth when they are a little lost. We continue to follow MAPS’ model of psychedelic harm reduction and use its materials as required reading for all of our volunteers.
We join a number of other organisations around the world who deliver psychedelic harm reduction and use the name PsyCare. We have a similar ethos and way of working and we hope adoption of the new name will bring with it opportunities to cooperate and collaborate internationally.
We acknowledge, and hope that event organisers will also acknowledge, that every event has those who experience emotional or psychological problems, often as a result of consuming psychoactive substances (and for a variety of other reasons). The best remedy for this is to have a dedicated safe space staffed by trained volunteers who understand and can help turn a negative experience into a positive one.
We will be offering new services for 2018, which will include specific training for festival and music event organisers and workshops at events.