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.
Chris Murphy of Connecticut (not to be confused with Tim Murphy, the Representative from Pennsylvania who is responsible for the Murphy Bill discussed above) proposed a gun amendment that targeted “the seriously mentally ill and other dangerous people,” and referred to people with psychiatric diagnoses who have been subjected to forced treatment as “adjudicated as a mental defective.” More importantly, the amendment suggested blocking gun access for anyone who has ever been forced into any kind of psychiatric treatment, no matter how long ago.
While gun control is a worthy discussion, laws that set out to specifically target people with psychiatric diagnoses not only ignore existing research but are discriminatory. Additionally, any legislation that suggests that people with psychiatric diagnoses are dangerous is damaging to our community and likely to lead to increased force and violence against us. Fortunately, this amendment was reviewed and rejected on June 20th, but we will need to keep our eyes open for more like it in coming days!
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)
Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
San Diego, CA
visit the Alternatives website by clicking here.
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!
Monday, April 18th at noon on the Commons in Pittsfield
Monday, April 18th
Green River Recreational Area
Meet at 74 Federal Street at 12:15pm, return at 3:30pm.