Welcome to the Western Mass Recovering Learning Community
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, addiction and other life-interrupting challenges through:
- Peer-to-peer support & genuine human relationships
- Alternative Healing Practices
- Learning Opportunities
Essential to our work is recognizing and undoing systemic injustices such as racism, sexism, transphobia 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 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.
Every year around this time, we take a look back at the last year of Afiya, the Western Mass RLC’s peer respite based in Northampton, Massachusetts. Part of this process includes asking anyone who has stayed at Afiya in the last year to fill out an impact survey.
This survey is different than the satisfaction survey that people are offered right at the end of their stay, and asks for information about whether or not there’s been any lasting impact as a result of their time at the house.
While this survey is completely voluntary, we really appreciate any time people take to give this feedback, as it goes a long way toward our ability to understand and describe Afiya’s successes, challenges, and growth areas and helps us advocate for how to move forward in coming years!
If you are someone who has stayed at Afiya between July 1, 2015 and
June 30, 2016, please consider taking Afiya’s brief impact survey,
which you can find HERE.
If you know someone who has stayed, please pass the survey along to them!
@ 135 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston
(Outside the Boston Globe building)
This vigil event will instead focus on the hundreds of individuals labeled as ‘mentally ill’ who have died in recent years due to brutal mental health/criminal justice practices. The names of each of the victims lost to this brutality will be read aloud. More details coming soon.
interested in getting or giving a ride!
TALK BACK TO THE BOSTON GLOBE
@ the Holyoke Library,
250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke
Facilitated by: Louis Mitchell & Michaelann Bewsee
white individuals, as it is those of us who benefit most from whiteness that bear the greatest responsibility for undoing its power.
Location To Be Announced
Facilitated by: Earl Miller