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.


October Events: Workshop on Madness and Creativity, Film Screening, and Coffeehouse Show with The Rotating Diagnosis

Friday, October 17th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Madness and Creativity Workshop

Eagle Street Coffee, 39 S. Market, Asheville, NC

IMG_3384Come spend some time with the Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective, make art, and share your perspectives on the relationship between art, creativity, struggle and healing. We’ll have papers and pencils, pastels, tape, wire, markers, and maybe even a hot glue gun!

There will be a couple of lightly facilitated activities that people can partake in if they so choose, opportunities to engage in a open-ended process of creative visual/representative articulation of feelings and states of being, and make a “What I live for…” take-home magnet/reminder icon…

You can also check out the lovely Mad Gifts, Saving Graces, and Works in Progress exhibit and add your token of remembrance to the ever-evolving collective work in progress which is being shown.

Come say hey to Subhuman and stay for the Open Mic, too!

[We may even be able to persuade members of the Rotating Diagnosis to play us some curative and catalytic melodies!}


Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, 8:00pm at the BeBe Theatre [20 Commerce St.]

Special screening of two independent films exploring themes of mental health, alienation, and healing with Mechanical Eye Microcinema & ARMHC, featuring We’re Okay by local filmmaker Kira Bursky and For Shadows by Ken Paul Rosenthal

Friday, October 31st, 6:00pm @ the Eagle Street Coffeehouse

Mad Gifts and Saving Graces Closing Reception, with The Rotating Diagnosis and Open Mic


Join the ARMHC Facebook group and Google group for updates or email radmadasheville@theicarusproject.net for more information!

For Shadows and We’re Okay: A Special Screening of Independent and Experimental Mental Health Films on October 21st

On October 21st,  please join Mechanical Eye Microcinema and the Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective for a one-night screening of two extraordinary independent films that were created as a means of telling stories around internal/external experiences of alienation and belonging, life/death existence, and healing.

Here are all the pertinent whens, wheres and whats of this awesome event:

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, 8:00pm at the BeBe Theatre [20 Commerce St.] with Mechanical Eye Microcinema & ARMHC, featuring We’re Okay by local filmmaker Kira Bursky and For Shadows by Ken Paul Rosenthal. $5.00 suggested donation, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

We’re excited that local filmmaker Kira Bursky will be able to join us for the screening, which will be followed by an informal discussion and conversation with Kira about her work as a filmmaker and an all-around artist that is doing some amazing creative work out in the world.

Here is some additional information about the films, but maybe you could just come see the movies!

Here is a link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/843086602391033/

Please let folks who may be interested in attending this special, one-night screening know that it is happening!


We’re Okay is a powerful fantasy drama about teen depression and sexuality. Delilah has decided to _________ on her 18 birthday, but her friend Lena surprises her with a birthday party. We see how Delilah is truly feeling in her stop motion animated circus world mind.

For Shadows is a contemplative, multi-layered memoir that explores the process of coming to terms with one’s shadow while unraveling the tangled roots of self-harm. The home movies of a child’s formative years and an interior landscape of traumatic domestic memories are excavated and re-constructed alongside sound clips from archival mental hygiene films. Ken Paul Rosenthal (creator of the Mad Dance Trilogy) is an artist-activist who lives in San Francisco and gathers breathtaking, heartbreaking, and fascinating footage on a near daily basis.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/70586075″>For Shadows – Trailer</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user8270456″>Ken Paul Rosenthal</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>