We are a network of people living with and/or affected by experiences that are often diagnosed and labeled as psychiatric conditions. We believe these experiences are mad gifts needing cultivation and care, rather than diseases or disorders. By joining together as individuals and as a community, the intertwined threads of madness, creativity, and collaboration can inspire hope and transformation in an oppressive and damaged world. Participation in The Icarus Project helps us overcome alienation and tap into the true potential that lies between brilliance and madness.
When you call, our intake staff will ask you some basic questions to allow us to try to match you with a clinician who can meet your needs. Your first appointment will be for an assessment–– a time for you alone, or with your family, to talk about what is going on and make a plan for treatment. You can expect to meet with a trained professional who will listen carefully, try to understand your concerns, and work respectfully with you to make the changes you want in your life.
The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) creates conditions that support healing and growth for individuals and the community as a whole through learning opportunities, advocacy, peer-to-peer support and the development of regional and national networks. We believe that human relationships are often at the center of what heal people who have experienced extreme emotional distress, trauma, psychiatric diagnoses, addiction and a variety of other challenges in life.
The Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Center operates a weekend Peer Support Line Friday through Monday 8 pm to midnight. As opposed to a crisis line that is answered by a clinician and focuses on whether or not you may qualify for hospitalization or respite, a peer support line is answered by a trained peer worker who has their own lived experience (with a psychiatric diagnosis, trauma, extreme or altered states, etc.) and who is there to talk and offer support.
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