Posts Tagged ‘mental health’

Mo Karnage, a member of the Wingnut, has written an essay on the recent open carry debate in Richmond.
Check it out here:
http://mokarnage.com/2014/07/06/anarcho-redneck-response-to-recent-richmond-open-carry/

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Radical Sobriety Meetings will now be held once monthly on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm. Meetings usually last 1 hour.

The next 3 meetings will be:

October 10
November 14
December 12

We will also be scheduling a sober bowling trip with estimated cost of 7-10 $ per person for early November so you can start saving your duckets!

And the Wingnut is hosting a sober potluck on Monday October 14th @ 6-9!

Coffee, tea and (sometimes)donuts and other snacks provided, a positive and productive support group for folks trying to get sober and stay sober. You are encouraged to bring snacks to share if you want!

The Wingnut is a sober space so definitely be sober for the meetings!

If you have any resources/ideas/zines etc on sobriety please get in touch!

non-religious, non-judgemental, an alternative to aa/na

peer support

planning for social events and harm reduction activism as well.

Tuesdays at 7pm. Meetings last about an hour.

Coffee, tea and (sometimes) donuts provided, a positive and productive support group for folks trying to get sober and stay sober.

The Wingnut is a sober space so definitely be sober for the meetings!

If you have any resources/ideas/zines etc on sobriety please get in touch!

non-religious, non-judgemental, an alternative to aa/na

peer support

planning for social events and harm reduction activism as well

#rva #sober #wingnut #anarchist

Friday June 7th at the Flying Brick Library, 506 S Pine Street in Oregon Hill

https://www.facebook.com/events/480231465379953/?fref=ts

Craig has been a part of the Boston punk rock community since 1988. He has been active playing in several bands, putting out the long running Upheaval Fanzine and also set up DIY shows for 15 years.

Craig also has lived with the symptoms of mental illness his entire life. In the past several years, Craig experienced a remarkable recovery process which enabled him and empowered him to learn effective coping skills and to get a handle on his mental health struggles.

Currently, after an amazing several years of intense struggle, Craig now is in recovery from his symptoms and works as a peer mental health counselor in Boston. Craig has the beautiful job of helping others improve the quality of their lives while drawing on his own lived experience.

Craig has successfully rehabilitated himself and while he continues to struggle from time to time, he hopes that his inspirational story will be of benefit to his peers. Craig is determined to help his peers who struggle with mental illness and addictions, live happier and healthier lives. Please come out to hear Craig tell his story.

There will be a question and answer session after the presentation.

Please bring $5 to $10 if you can, to help Craig with travelling expenses. Of course no one will be turned away.

All ages, sober event.

Hey Yall

Apologies to folks who were planning to come to the Consent Workshop tomorrow facilitated by the Mindful Liberation Project, but one of their members is having some health issues this week, so  we are going to cancel tomorrow. We will reschedule to do the consent workshop at some point in the future, but right now it is more important that some self- care happen!

We hope you will still think about consent, talk to people about consent, practice consent, and take steps towards building a community of consent in whatever community(ies) you participate in.

Here are some links to various zines and pamphlets about consent that you might find useful to read.

http://zinelibrary.info/learning-good-consent

http://zinelibrary.info/how-put-together-your-own-consent-workshop

http://zinelibrary.info/drifting-clouds-writings-consent

http://zinelibrary.info/streetcar-named-consent

http://zinelibrary.info/consent-flyer

http://zinelibrary.info/interactive-introduction-consent

http://zinelibrary.info/we-are-all-survivors-we-are-all-perpetrators-what-do-when

http://zinelibrary.info/rape-consent-and-patriarchy

http://zinelibrary.info/not-without-my-consent

 

Thanks!

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective and the Mindful Liberation Project

Self Care is the radical concept that it is important to take care of yourself, and your emotional, mental, and physical needs.In activist scenes, this is a concept that can all too frequently be ignored or undervalued, to the detriment of the mental/physical/emotional health of community members.

Many people struggle with this, and we want to take up a little bit of webspace to acknowledge this, and provide a few resources to help folks who are trying to/struggling to deal with all the hurt this world can heap on us.

Definitely looking for more resources, suggestions from other anarchist/feminist/radical/activist spaces, and better ways to explain the concept! Please get in touch at wingnut_collective [at] yahoo.com

And take care of yourself out there! (Find communities that value your self care!)

This first link has a bunch of great resources for people looking to read up on self care. The second link is for the Icarus project, which is a radical mental health organization with good resources and ideas on their website.

http://www.soularbliss.com/2012/07/31/radical-self-care-and-community-care-zine-resources/

http://theicarusproject.net/

From the Mind(ful) Liberation Project out of Richmond, Virginia (samesies) here are lists of Hotlines and Warmlines for folks in crisis, or just needing support in some way. Mind(ful Liberation Project also does the RVA Peer Support Project, which we encourage folks to check out.

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Hotlines & Warmlines

If there are any others you think need to be added to this please let us know!

Peer Support:

1-804-631-3124. A peer support line operated by Richmond’s Mindful Liberation Project, a chapter of the international Icarus Project. Confidential and anonymous hot/warmline. Entirely volunteer run, no professionals, no calling the police or forced hospitalization. Just peer support, now.

1-877-838-2838. The Vet2Vet Peer Support Hotline, run by the Kristen Brooks Hope Center. Peer support from veterans to veterans. The website also offers a live chat.

Depression/Suicide/Crisis Hotlines: (more…)

Here is the schedule of workshops for the 2012 Richmond Zine Fest!!!! The Richmond Zine Fest is Saturday October 6th from 11am to 6pm at the Gay Community Center of Richmond (1407 Sherwood Avenue). The Zine Fest and all workshops are free and open to the public. Over 40 people/groups will be tabling, selling their zines. And we have 6 workshops scheduled for this year!

12:00pm- Radical Mental Health – Mind(ful) Liberation Project – Description: This workshop will introduce folks to the idea of mental health from a radical, community-supported model, that encourages both proscriptive and prescriptive action to maintain mental wellness on individual and community levels. This workshop will be of use to those feeling burnt out, isolated, depressed, overwhelmed, in life, in work, in activism, as well as those just curious on radical alternatives.

Background info: Mind(ful) Liberation Project has brought a much-needed radical activist approach to mental well-being in RVA. We work tirelessly in destigmatizing and speaking out about differing mental health concerns, termed “mental illnesses” or “disorders” by the Psychiatric Industrial Complex. We were founded in 2010 with the idea that we can empower ourselves and our communities to candidly and openly talk about mental health and alternatives to mainstream mental health services. We work to create options and choices that are available to all.

Our principles include working beyond the medical model of mental health, educating ourselves about alternatives, balancing wellness and action, non judgment and respect for diversity, non-hierarchy and anti-oppression, nonviolence, and transparency.

1:00pm – Journaling As Art – Anya Lynn Garten – I will define artistic journaling and then share examples. Students will be asked to write and each student’s work will be workshopped in a group setting.

2:00pm – Introduction to Liberate RVA – Kal Molinet – Liberate RVA is a freedom movement against the occupation of violence in our community. If you’re curious about how to achieve real freedom in our lifetime, please join us in an active discussion and introduction in understanding what this freedom movement is all about!

3:00pm -Creative Writing: Short Fiction – Robert Mitchell – What makes a good short story, and how do you tell it in limited space? Sit down with your fellow ‘Zinesters and talk about the art of writing short fiction. Get and share tips and tricks, and learn to avoid the traps and pitfalls.

4:00pm – Teen Worker’s Rights – The Richmond Industrial Workers of the World – The Richmond branch of the Industrial Workers of the World seeks to empower young workers by educating them about their rights as employees in Virginia. These include many special rights, restrictions and exceptions regarding pay, hours, safety and benefits. We want to share our idea of solidarity unionism and show that all workers, no matter what their age, have the right to stand up and defend themselves and their fellow workers.

Participants will leave with a better understanding of their rights and detailed pamphlet and work journal.

5:00pm -Practicing Good Consent- Robin Leach – A brief workshop designed to create a space through which we can discuss how to deepen our practice of consent in relationships. We will be discussing how to assess our own boundaries and desires, and how to maintain consent and accountability. Whether you are curious about learning how to practice consent or want a place to check in with your own boundaries and methods of communication, this is a safe space to do so.