Looking after your health on actions

On an action/demo you are likely to be outside for long periods, probably without access to amenities, so you need to be prepared to look after yourself and your mates for quite a while.

Going to an action with a friend or an affinity group of friends is always safer. Try to get extra (or at least a reasonable amount of) sleep before the event and plan on needing some recovery time afterwards.

This guide is sourced from the Action Medics guide to preparing for protests.

  1. What to wear
  2. Water and Food
  3. Medical Issues
  4. Offensive weapons and sprays
  5. Calling backup help

You might also want to read our guide on Emotional and Trauma Support

Key Messages

  • No Comment
  • You do not need to answer police questions, so don’t.
  • No Personal Details
  • You don't have to give details under ANY stop and search power.
  • No Duty Solicitor
  • Use a recommended solicitor with protest experience.
  • No Caution
  • They admit guilt for an alleged offence that might never get to court.
  • What Power?
  • Ask "What power?" to challenge a police officer to act lawfully.