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Friday, 14 August 2020

Welcome to the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community

 

 

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The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) supports healing and empowerment for our broader communities and people who have been impacted by psychiatric diagnosis, trauma, extreme states, homelessness, problems with substances, and other life-interrupting challenges through:

  • Peer-to-peer support & genuine human relationships
  • Alternative Healing Practices
  • Learning Opportunities
  • Advocacy

Essential to our work is recognizing and undoing systemic injustices such as racism, sexism, ableism, transphobia, transmisogyny, and psychiatric oppression.

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The 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, three resource centers (Springfield, Greenfield, and Holyoke) 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 Recovery Learning Community (RLC) is a peer-run project providing supports to individuals with lived experience.  One of the founding concepts behind the RLC is that human relationships with people are healing, particularly when those people have similar experiences.  And so, above all else, the RLC strives to create forums through which human relationships, community and a regional network of supports can develop.  On a day-to-day basis, that effort may take the form of a community meeting, a support group, a computer workshop and/or simply offering a safe space where people can communicate with others or simply be.  The RLC also acts a clearing house for information about other resources in the community.   

 The Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community is funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, the United Way of Franklin County, and a variety of private foundations and donations.liveunited logo

 

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Warmlines & Peer Support Lines

 

In addition to the Western Mass Peer Support Line, there are several warmlines and peer support lines that are accessible to Massachusetts residents. Below, you will find information about the 8 lines we are aware of that accept calls from people living in Massachusetts and their hours of operation. All hours listed have been translated into Massachusetts time!  (Hours and days listed are according to our last check, and may have since changed.)  

PLEASE NOTE:  Although the Western Mass Peer Support Line does not use caller ID, at least some of the lines listed below (including the Boston Peer Warmline and Edingburgh Warmline in Quincy, MA) do. Dialing *67 before dialing the line's number may help block your number from their caller ID.

 

Edinburgh Warmline (Quincy, MA)*
800.243.5836
Hours:
Monday through Sunday, 5:30pm to 9pm
Saturday, 4pm-9pm
Stepping Stone Warmline (New Hampshire)
603-543-1388
Hours:
7 days per week, 5pm to 10pm
 Dialing *67 before dialing the line's number may help block your number from their caller ID.
Empowerment Center Warmline*
877.435.7800
Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8am to 8pm
Support in Spanish is available
 
Allegheney County Warmline (Pennsylvania)*
866.661.9276 (866.661.WARM)
Hours:
7 days per week, 10am to midnight
Support in Spanish available on on-call basis
 
Indiana Consumer Warmline (Indiana)*
800.933.5397 (800.933.KEYS)
Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm
 
Compassionate Ear Warmline
866.927.6327 (866.WARM.EAR)
Hours:
7 days per week, 3pm to 9pm
 
David Rompery Warmline
866.927.6327 (866.WARM.EAR)
Hours: 7 days a week, 9am-11pm
Accepting calls only from Oregon area codes.
 
* Lines marked with an asterisk have stated that they
may call crisis services, or the police,
during the course of a call if they feel they should.

Dialing *67 before dialing the line's number may help block your number from their caller ID.

For information about additional warmlines and peer support lines in other states, visit www.warmline.org

 

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