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…



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 …



New Meeting Location at Kairos West Community Center

Next Tuesday, November 4th at 4:30pm, ARMHC members will meet at Kairos West Community Center (742 Haywood Rd in West Asheville). Kairos West is located near the corner of Haywood and Brevard Rd., between the aquarium store and the Salvation Army Teen Center and across from the music venue ISIS.

Here are some things our new location will offer:

-comfy couches & chairs

-a communal environment–we can bring our own snacks to share, and they have a coffee maker we can use.

-semi-private meetings & plenty of room, both in the front room and in a private space in the back separated by Japanese screens

-right on the bus line (W1-yellow line, bus stop at Haywood Rd. and Brevard Rd., easy access from the Vermont stop and the Sulphur Springs stop)

-free parking in the back

-potential broadening the diversity of Collective members (Kairos West does outreach through their free food market on Saturday and lets folks from the West Asheville community know about their regular weekly events)

-more volunteering opportunities with an awesome community center

Mad Gifts, Saving Graces, and Works in Progress / October 2014 @ The Eagle Street Coffee Emporium


Friday, October 3rd, 2014, 6-8pm Opening Reception followed by Open Mic

Friday, October 17th, 2014 5:30-7:30pm Workshop on Madness and Creativity

  • Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, 8:00pm @ the BeBe Theatre with Mechanical Eye Microcinema & ARMHC, films by Ken Paul Rosenthal and local filmmaker Kira Bursky
  • Works will be shown through October 31st, 2014.

Featuring works by R.S. Dorian, R. Ransom, F. Rhyne, Melissa HoneyBee, the Rise-Up Artists from BeLoved, along with many others. This show will include a very special interactive showing of a collective community work in progress. This show will feature sculpture, installation, and print/paint media on vertical display.

Additional information about events will be posted soon!

Please check out and share the Facebook event page!

First blog post from the field

Hey Everyone,
I’d love to get your feedback on the research thus far and whatever suggestions/advice you may have on the dissertation project. Let me know how you would like to be involved and what questions you have about the radical mental community that we can begin to ask together! Hope to see you all soon at the meeting today.