What’s Happening with Weekly Meetings?

After some discussion w/ folks who are currently involved in the weekly meetings at Kairos West, it has been determined that – due to difficulties in meeting the need for consistent fulfilling of facilitation and coordination responsibilities – the ARMHC is going to begin simply hosting the space at Kairos West (742 Haywood Road) on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00-6:00pm – not as a structured/ facilitated radical mental health support and discussion meeting, but just as a non-stigmatizing open community space, with some art-making and socializing.

Many have expressed that it is really important to them that there continue to be a space to connect with folks and see people that they’ve become friends with through the ARMHC and that it is really helpful for them to have that time with folks.

The weekly get-together-and-talk-and-make-things-and-have-snacks time has been really great, and these gatherings will continue…hopefully people will feel free to come around to say hi…

Our About page will be updated soon to reflect this change in how we hold space at Kairos West and how our time together is structure.  Primary coordinators will be posting some reflections on the challenges and gifts that come about in the effort to create space for radical mental health in our communities.

Thanks for being out there…



April Updates

The ARMHC will be resuming our regular Tuesday meetings at Kairos West (742 Haywood Rd., W. Asheville) meetings on April 7th.  During the month of April, we will be meeting at Kairos West from 4:00-6:00pm, and will hold time for announcement and check-ins during the first hour (4:00-5:00pm), with time for social connection and co-creative work following check-in.

Please check out our About page for more information about the group and what people might generally expect at meetings: http://ashevilleradicalmentalhealth.net/about/

During our month of reflection and brainstorming about group process and purpose, a lot of energy gathered around creating space for art, organic discussion, and social camaraderie as a form of support. It is important to the group that the ARMHC supports both strengths and struggles and that the group serve as a space where people can share both triumphs and challenges. We want to create opportunities for people to share their skills, passions, and interests and are looking forward to all that the Spring may bring.

We will be announcing dates for upcoming organizing/facilitation meetings and open community conversations in the near future.

Please be in touch if you have any questions!

Please join us on Tuesday April 21st at the BeBe Theater (20 Commerce St, Dwtn. Asheville), 8:00pm, for a special screening of Rock in My Pockets, an award-winning animated film by Latvian animator Signe Baumane.

You can learn more about the film and the screening event here:  http://ashevilleradicalmentalhealth.net/2015/04/03/rocks-in-my-pockets-screening-in-asheville-april-21st/


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Rocks in My Pockets – Screening in Asheville, April 21st




“Rocks In My Pockets” is a story of mystery and redemption. The film is based on true events involving five women of Signe Baumane’s family, including herself, and their battles with depression and suicide. It raises questions of how much family genetics determine who we are and if it is possible to outsmart one’s own DNA. The film is packed with visual metaphors, surreal images and a twisted sense of humor. It is an animated tale full of art, women, strange daring stories, Latvian accents, history, nature, adventure and more.

The Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective is excited to have been able to collaborate with Mechanical Eye Microcinema to bring this award-winning animated film on depression, family history, and the quest for sanity in a crazy world to Asheville for a one-night screening. Please join us at the BeBe Theatre on Tuesday, April 21st and invite your friends!

For more information about the film, please visit the film’s website:  http://www.rocksinmypocketsmovie.com/

Please join and share the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1431556480476372/


Spring Re-Charge ~ Open Meetings on Hiatus until April

‎Due to a looooooong winter and the need for a seasonal introspection and re-charge of the Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective’s purpose among members and among the greater community, active organizing group members have decided to hold a hiatus on regular meetings for the duration of the month of March, 2015.

There will not be regular, public meetings held on Tuesdays in March.

Meetings will resume, with notification and announcement, in the month of April.

  • Mountain Coalition for Recovery and Wellness is scheduled for this Tuesday afternoon, March 10 @ 3:30 p.m. @ the Conference room @ Asheville Office Park, off of College St, at the old Parkway Behavioral Health offices/ 31 College Pl b100, Asheville, NC 28801.  Kevin Mahoney will be presenting an overview of the Sunrise program. Please attend if able.


  • On April 21st, the ARMHC will be co-hosting a screening of Signe Baumane’s film Rocks In My Pockets, with Mechanical Eye Microcinema. The film will be shown at 8:00pm on Tuesday, April 21st, at the BeBe Theatre on Commerce St. in downtown Asheville. Updates and opportunities to support getting the word out for this event will be posted.

If meeting, project, or discussion time will be held on a Tuesday in March, those events/get-togethers will be announced via the Google group, the FB group, and – depending on the nature of the meeting – this website.


Time change in the New Year! Meetings from 4:00pm – 6:00pm!

The ARMHC meets from 4:00pm – 6:00pm every Tuesday at the Kairos West Community Center (742 Haywood Rd., W. Avl.) Meetings begin with announcements and check-ins, followed by a break and discussion.

There will be a facilitation/orientation meeting on January 13th, at 3:00pm – for new meeting members who want to get involved in helping to hold community space for radical mental health supports.

For more information, please email radmadasheville@theicarusproject.net …



Setting some intentions for the end of the year…

Erica Hua Fletcher, Ph.D.

Hey Folks,

It’s so good to be back in Asheville! I had a wonderful trip back to Texas and have found some clarity on my next steps working with the ARMHC and TIP. I must say that I have enjoyed reading the email discussion threads from this week, and I’m super pumped about all the momentum in the Collective and members’ interest in co-organizing and sharing facilitation roles. Seeing everyone come together like this and caring for each other as we figure out the next steps for ARMHC is incredibly moving. And to support some of the ideas people have been tossing around, I would be happy to contribute to discussions on implementing a phone tree, creating an organization ‘zine, and organizing documents in a Google Drive.

To do that work and finish up interviews, I’m going to set some working days on Mondays and Thursdays in the next few…

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