Sunday, 19 January 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.


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



Pushing Back After Charlottesville

No CakeThe Western Mass RLC is at its heart, dedicated to civil and human rights. We are committed to fighting oppression of every kind, including discrimination, racism, homophobia, transphobia, poverty, power imbalances, and for the acceptance of natural diversity.
This particular moment in time calls for our community to engage, and to offer what we can. Now is not the time to eat cake, no matter how tempting that option is for people of privilege.
There are many ways to push back against the hateful rhetoric that is currently on the rise and being encouraged by our current climate. There are opportunities at every energy level. Stuff envelopes. Educate yourself. Talk with the people you know, or those you don't. Donate money or time to help support victims and organizers, and help pay for their medical and legal needs. We can phone our country's representatives. Show up at counter-protests and demonstrations. Or we can start something altogether new. Regardless of our limitations, or our expectations of ourselves, there is room for everyone somewhere.
If we don't show up for the fight against racism and other kinds of hate and discrimination, we are lying to ourselves in our mission statement. If we don't show up for this fight, we are an altogether different community. We have a mission - we cannot "opt out".



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