Welcome to the Western Mass Recovering Learning Community
The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) creates conditions that support healing and growth for individuals and the community as a whole through learning opportunities, advocacy, peer-to-peer support and the development of regional and national networks. We believe that human relationships are often at the center of what heal people who have experienced extreme emotional distress, trauma, psychiatric diagnoses, addiction and a variety of other challenges in life. We also believe that we are a part of a civil and human rights movement and that real change does not happen on a sustainable level unless everyone is involved in the process and issues like discrimination, poverty, imbalances of power and acceptance of natural diversity are addressed.
The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) is made up of PEOPLE (not places) and is wherever and however YOU and others from the community may choose to connect. Together, we offer a variety of events, workshops, trainings, advocacy and leadership councils, as well as a peer support line, four resource centers (Springfield, Greenfield, Holyoke and Pittsfield) and a Peer Respite in Northampton. Above all else, we create space for anyone who has a genuine interest in taking part in our community and holding its values to share and find connection, information, ideas and opportunities to make change in their own lives and/or the community around them. Our shared experiences and ‘humanness’ are what unite us. Our stories, collective wisdom and strength are what guide us and our community forward.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Tuesday, May 13, 7-9pm
STCC Campus, Scibelli Hall Theater, Springfield
Q&A to Follow Performance
We are requesting Continuing Ed Credits for LCSWs & LMHCs
Please reserve your spot by calling 413.539.5941 x 301
'Sick' is an award-winning solo play that explores Elizabeth's two-year odyssey inside the most advanced healthcare system in the world - an odyssey that almost killed her. It investigates how treatment by well-meaning, sophisticated practitioners for a common gynecological issue plunged her into a downward spiral through the complex medical and mental health establishments. It examines the ways that the intricate threads woven between healthcare providers, pharmaceutical makers, insurance companies, and medical educators can sometimes weave together in a way that undermines patient care.
This is the story of everyone trying hard to get it right...but getting it wrong anyway.
What Audiences are Saying:
"A force-of-nature storyteller...and her unbelievable true story, told in mesmerizing fragments."
"Funny, sad, scary, wacky and REAL!!"
"BRILLIANT -- funny, sharp, and incredibly moving...DO NOT MISS THIS PEOPLE!"
And Join Elizabeth Kenny the day after the performance for
Living Stories, a Storytelling Workshop
Wednesday, May 14th
10 to 4:30pm @ Flywheel, Easthampton
An interactive workshop with Elizabeth Kenny that will guide participants through exercises and explorations to discover their own story!
May 9: Hearing Voices in Childhood & Adolescence
9:30am to 4:30pm @ the Holyoke Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, MA
Come just for the morning or stay the whole day!
Rai Waddingham will be joining us all the way from England for a workshop that will explore the experience of hearing voices for children and adolescents and how we can support them!
You can watch his whole speech (about 8.5 minutes long) on Vimeo at: http://vimeo.com/90872204
Earl has been a part of the Western Mass RLC in one way or another for the past year, and currently works as an Advocate based at both the RLC’s Holyoke and Springfield centers.
WE NEED YOUR HELP: RLC Survey
The University of Massachusetts Medical School has been contracted by the Department of Mental Health to examine the impact of the Massachusetts Recovery Learning Communities. As a part of that process, they are asking for YOU to complete a survey! Here's a message directly from them with the details:
"You are receiving this message from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dept. of Psychiatry, Program for Recovery Research. We are conducting a survey on your participation at the Recovery Learning Community.
We need your help in conducting this important survey. The flyer instructing you on how to complete the survey is available at the designated link below. There is also a link to the survey. This survey will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete."
or call our toll-free number at 844-856-8720.
Funds for this project are very limited, and successful candidates will be those who:
▪ Live in Western Massachusetts
▪ Have been personally impacted by psychiatric diagnosis, extreme states, trauma and other challenges that have gotten in the way of their ability to explore and achieve their dreams
▪ Have a clear vision for their business or independent project
▪ Are self-driven and motivated to reach project goals
For the 2014/2015 year, there are 4 grants available at $2000.00 each.
to read more and get applications, click read more below
For some, this means pursuing formal educational opportunities such as completing the hiSET (formally known as the GED), attending college, vocational training or participating in a certification program. We are happy to announce that with the support of the Beveridge Foundation, our Career
Explorations program is able to offer financial support for individuals wishing to try out a college course, prepare for and/or take the hiSET exam, or get started in a certification program through the end of the year.
Individuals receiving a grant through this project will also receive additional supports from a community mentor which may include paperwork assistance, at least monthly meetings and planning for next steps.
Interested applicants must meet the following requirements:
* Be between the ages of 16 and 25
* Identify as someone who’s been personally impacted by one or more of the following by psychiatric diagnosis, hospitalization, extreme emotional states, addiction, etc.
Applicants must complete a full project application (which can be found here) and submit that along with a resume and two to three letters of recommendation by May 31, 2014.
For more information, to obtain an application or to find out about technical assistance workshops, please contact Evan at:
- What's Mine is Mine: Your Right to Your Own Belongings
- Guiding Council Annual Meeting: Report Back
- Tell Us About Your Experience at Afiya
- The Alternative Series Perspectives Series Presents "There is a Fault in Reality" with Peter Bullimore
- CALLING ALL ARTISTS!
- Art Show: Life Systems with featured artist Laura Gail Grohe