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!
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There will be an additional organizing and facilitation meeting Friday, August 22nd, from 4:00pm until 5:30pm, at the Eagle Street Coffee Emporium.
At today’s meeting, we began working on revising our Statement of Intent, changing some of the language around “confidentiality” – as we currently meet in an open, public setting.
Statement of Intent
The Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective is an informal discussion group and community support network organized by and for people who experience the world in ways that may be diagnosed as mental illness. We welcome diverse perspectives on mental health and honor personal choices.
We ask that participants in the ARMHC be respectful of other group members by not sharing other people’s personal stories or disclosing other people’s group membership without their consent.
We ask that group members be conscientious of personal privacy.
We share responsibilities for running the collective and make decisions as democratically as possible.
We hold zero tolerance for violence within the group.
The ARMHC seeks to be an anti-oppressive space. Language/attitudes/behaviors that threaten, stereotype, or insult in relation to race, gender, sexuality, physicality, or class/privilege are not supportive of our shared intent.
[Note: We will be further discussing what is meant by ‘zero tolerance,’ as well as identify specific practices to support anti-oppressive safe space within the group.]
At today’s meeting, we developed a proposal and obtained initial support and commitment for the organizing of an art show during the month of October.
At the next facilitation meeting, (08/22/2014, 4pm, Eagle St. Coffee) we will spend some time brainstorming some of the how-to’s of facilitation and holding safe space, and will be discussing some “what if…?” scenarios that can present facilitation challenges, as well as continuing work on our Statement of Intent to more strongly reflect our commitment to being a space where people are welcome to speak about their experiences related to extreme states, without fear being pathologized, advised, analyzed, or criticized.
To learn more about the ARMHC, please visit our About page and feel free to be in touch!
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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.
Last Fall, Erica Fletcher, a researcher from the Institute of Medical Humanities, which is a part of the University of Texas Medical Branch, contacted The Icarus Project with an inquiry about whether or not it may be possible to do dissertation work on radical mental health, community-based spaces for support and narrative exploration, and the ways that support networks are formed in community spaces, both online and in-person.
As an organization that supports conscientious and ethical research relating to mental health, activism, and community healing, The Icarus Project was interested in learning more about how Erica might approach working with the dispersed community to explore mutual aid organizing and the use of technology in radical mental health support networks.
After several months of emails and consultations, introductions and discussions, Erica came to visit Asheville and meet with some of the current active members of the Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective (ARMHC) to explore how the proposed research might be supported by working with an active local group as an ethnographer to create documentation of how radical mental health mutual aid has evolved within a specific community research site, as well as other localities, and how technology supports community building, and what makes these spaces effective, vital, and/or problematic.
People involved with the Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective have been supportive and enthusiastic about working with Erica to create documentation of how radical mental health mutual aid has evolved in the Asheville community and other localities, and what makes these spaces effective, vital, and/or problematic.
Erica will be in Asheville from July until February, working with members of the ARMHC and other community allies to explore how community-supported mutual aid works, how technology supports community building, and what some of the challenges and subjective benefits of creating spaces for radical mental health within communities might be.
She is also interested in talking with other mutual aid organizers, who are currently organizing within Icarus local groups, or who have been Icarus group organizers in the past.
In the meantime, please feel free to contact email@example.com for more information.
Saturday May 24th in Aston Park, Asheville
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 24th, Aston Park, 4:00-6:00pm
Upcoming Icarus workshops in NC!
Tuesday, May 20th, 4:00 – 6:30pm
The Icarus Project: Exploring the Space Between Brilliance and Madness
Eagle Street Coffee, 39 S. Market, Asheville, NC
Wednesday, May 21st, 6:00-9:00pm
Oasis Cafe, 200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, NC
Mental Health Dignity Dialogues
May 10 in Aston Park, Asheville
Mental health activists in eight states are organizing to dialogue about dignity and mental health treatment as part of the annual celebration of Mental Health Month. In North Carolina groups will meet Saturday, May 10, in Aston Park, at French Broad and Hilliard in Asheville from 4 to 6 p.m. Participants are asked to bring blankets or chairs and the first name of someone who has been lost to suicide, who is struggling or missing, for a closing vigil of remembrance and commitment to uphold hope.
The idea started when a group of people in recovery from mental illness began talking about the need to raise their voices “to promote the dignity of every person and to continue the fight against the prejudice and discrimination associated with mental health conditions,” said one of the state organizers. Soon the idea spread to California, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia.
Mental Health Dignity Day is a national partner with Creating Community Solutions, which is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the White House as a part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health. To find out more visit http://www.mentalhealthdignityday.org .
Local hosts of the Dignity Dialogues in Asheville are Magnetic Minds, a Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance support group, meeting on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons at Family Preservation Service on Patton Avenue and the Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective which meets on Tuesdays at the Eagle St. Coffee Emporium.