Collective Liberation and Radical Mental Health

2-hour workshop (awaiting approval)

How do privilege, oppression and collective liberation relate to radical mental health? How can we create communities that support our mental and emotional health as activists? Does the undertaking of collective liberation recognize diversity in mental health experience? Problematic binary definitions of mental health experience (you're either "normal" or "crazy") are rampant in mainstream culture. The Icarus Project recognizes the multiplicities of mental health experience and strives to create a community that regards the range of diversity as something to be respected and even rejoiced in. In this workshop, we will explore ways to promote safer spaces in our communities. We'll discuss the importance of sharing our personal stories, giving and receiving support, and building communities that are truly welcoming to all marginalized people. Using exercises like "Mad-Mapping" and skill-sharing, we'll collaboratively envision structures for mental and emotional support, and dialogue about why such strategies are vital to collective liberation.