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.
The RLC is one of five finalists for the Scattergood Innovation Award.
The grand prize is $25,000 and is decided by public vote!
What are we nominated for?: In the last year, the RLC has begun working more and more to integrate peer support and housing/tenancy preservation supports. This work began with the Rainville in Springfield, MA (a 46-unit building providing permanent housing to people who have been homeless), and is now in the process of expanding. The nomination recognizes the innovative and highly impactful nature of this work, as well as the need for additional funds to support its growth! Learn more HERE.
How else can you help?: Since this prize is awarded strictly based on number of votes, it's incredibly important that we reach as many people as possible! You can help not just by voting, but by sharing on Facebook, Twitter and with all of your social networks!
Please Note: There is a brief survey on the voting page that asks you to identify your priority for 'behavioral health' in the United States. This is just an opinion question, and you can choose any answer you like. It will not effect your vote! Just be sure to enter your name and e-mail address and click 'Submit Vote' at the bottom of the page!
10am to 4:30pm (registration at 9:30)
Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA
~ Re-define the relationship between a voice and voice hearer
~ Reduce the sense of powerlessness that some voice hearers experience
~ Reduce negative impacts of voices on daily life
a registration form by Friday, May 1st (or until the training is full)
Monday, May 23rd, 1:00-2:30pm
RLC’s Greenfield Center
74 Federal Street
This month we will be hosting a special workshop & conversation about Gender Identity. All community members are welcome to join in to learn and share experiences about gender. Pizza and salad will be served as usual.
Click on the picture (or here) to read some more about gender identity.
Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
San Diego, CA
visit the Alternatives website by clicking here.
We have just a few more spots open for our June
Hearing Voices Facilitator Training, and we will
continue to accept applications until we're full!
Monday, June 20th to Wednesday, June 22nd
(9:30am to 4:30pm each day)
Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke
Hearing Voices Groups do not pathologize hearing voices, seeing visions or other unusual experiences. Instead, group members explore these phenomena in an environment of mutual support and curiosity.
Currently there are a growing number of Hearing Voices Groups in the United States, and our vision includes both supporting and bolstering existing groups and expanding the overall numbers and accessibility. We hope that you will join us in bringing this vision to reality!
- Has been told you have a "chemical imbalance"?
- Has felt harmed or somehow negatively impacted by this message?
- Is willing to be part of a videotaped group discussion?
WHERE: Location to be determined