alternative treatments

Spa Night Friday January 21st 2001

Submitted by admin on Sun, 01/09/2011 - 14:41

Join us for a tantalizing Spa Night! On Friday January 21st from 530-830pm
at the Quaker Friends Meeting House on 43 Center St. in Northampton is an
opportunity for you to come relax while also supporting social justice

Spa night is an opportunity for YOU to get a relaxing and affordable
massage, acupuncture treatment, craniosacral treatment, shamanic reading,
and  more! Tickets start at just $5 and an unlimited pass to get as many
treatments as you want cost %50.

100% of the proceeds will be going to help the Freedom Center, a
peer-led, support and activism community run by and for people labeled

Starting Hearing Voices Groups Training at RLC

Submitted by admin on Sat, 10/09/2010 - 21:20

Recovery Learning Community is sponsoring a "Starting Hearing Voices Groups" training with Oryx Cohen, Gail Hornstein, Ron Coleman (UK Hearing Voices Network) and Paul Baker (UK Hearing Voices Network). This is a great opportunity to learn about how to create a hearing voices group in your area and become a hearing voices group facilitator.

Dates for the training are November 12th & 19th and December 3rd & 10th. Download the training application here. For more info, contact


Oryx Cohen

Recovery Learning Community

187 High St., Suite 303

Holyoke, MA 01040

Fax: 413-536-5466 (attn: Oryx)


Wellness Resources

Submitted by admin on Tue, 03/17/2009 - 19:23

Please note: Freedom Center is in a transformation process you can read about on our homepage; the website does reflect some older activities we are no longer offering, so check the homepage for updates and contact individuals involved. Thanks!

Hearing Voices Group -- Freedom Center/ Recovery Learning Community co-sponsored Tuesday

Contact the Recovery Learning Community for Info On Acupuncture Clinics -

Submitted by admin on Sat, 02/21/2009 - 03:38

Note - after many years of Freedom Center offering free acupuncture weekly, these services are now being organized by the Recovery Learning Community in Holyoke - contact them for more info!

Coming Off Drugs Guide Now In Spanish! Guia Reduccion de Drugs Psiquiatricas Disponible en Castellano!

Submitted by admin on Mon, 02/02/2009 - 15:04


guide cover CastellanoThe Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs, published by The Icarus Project and Freedom Center, is now available in spanish - thanks to the dedicated translation work of Agustina Vidal from Buenos Aires Argentina.

Major UK Study Shows No Evidence For Forced Drugging

Submitted by admin on Sat, 12/06/2008 - 09:48

A major new study in latest Journal of Advanced Nursing says there is no clincal evidence in research that forced drugging helps people. Instead, the practice is "taken for granted." According to the BBC, "Very few rigorous investigations of the use of coerced medication have been done despite it being widespread, the Journal of Advanced Nursing reported.

The dearth of evidence is "unacceptable" and more should be done to find alternatives, the team said"

Yoga Journal Article on FC w/ Teacher Chaya Grossberg

Submitted by admin on Mon, 11/10/2008 - 12:23

The widely read Yoga Journal magazine, available across the US, recently had an article about Freedom Center's weekly yoga class, quoting teacher Chaya Grossberg and FC co-founder Oryx Cohen. Download and read the article here.

Freedom Center, Arise for Social Justice, Out Now Oppose PostPartum Depression Screening Program

Submitted by lee on Sat, 01/23/2010 - 22:19

Dear MotherWoman,
We are writing to address our concern about your legislation on postpartum depression screenings. We propose that Motherwoman drop this legislation because we believe in the long-run it will do more harm than good.

Under the George Bush Jr administration there was an initiative called
“The New Freedom Initiative” which proposed mandatory mental health

Hearing Voices Groups In the Western MA Area

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 13:17

Freedom Center helped start Hearing Voices groups in the Western Massachusetts area and beyond - to find out more information, contact the Recovery Learning Community, which is actively involved with organizing Hearing Voices groups in the area. Thanks!


Hearing Voices groups are popular and fairly widespread in Europe, specially England. Hearing Voices groups do not pathologize the experience of hearing voices or experiencing other altered states, instead they ask the voice hearer: What do the voices mean to you? Join us for the first Hearing Voices group east of Wisconsin and share and get support from others with similar experiences! *Co-sponsored by the Center for Human
Development, RLC and the Freedom Center

SHARC Position Paper on Mandated Treatment and Harm Reduction

Submitted by admin on Wed, 10/29/2008 - 21:27

A statement written for the Statwide Harm Reduction Coalition on why mandated treatment is not consistent with Harm Reduction philosophy, developed by Caty Simon and Will Hall.

FC Presents at Herb Convergence

Submitted by admin on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 13:59

FC Organizer Mollie Hurter writes about the Northeast Herbal Convergence:


Author Bruce Levine on Surviving America's Depression Epidemic Tues, March 25 7pm

Submitted by admin on Tue, 03/25/2008 - 02:41

Press Release
Contact: Erika Arthur 413/ 253-5432

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Are You *Surviving America's Depression Epidemic*?

*Author Bruce Levine to Present at Food for Thought Books*
AMHERST – Author Bruce Levine will present and read from his new book,
*Surviving America's Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy* at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 25 at Food for Thought Books in Amherst.

Coming Off Meds at Broadside Tues Feb 5 With Will Hall

Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/07/2008 - 17:34
Please forward

Tues February 5th

Broadside Bookshop 247 Main St Northampton MA

Discussion with Will Hall, author of the new

*Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs*

Western MA Recovery Learning Community

Submitted by admin on Sun, 10/07/2007 - 21:40

The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) supports individuals in finding their own paths to recovery within the communities of their choice by offering trauma-informed peer supports and through the development of a regional peer network.


Check it out! 

Acupuncture CANCELLED this Monday 8/27/07

Submitted by heather on Fri, 08/24/2007 - 13:47
Acupuncture is cancelled this Monday due to space and clinician issues. Acupuncture will be held as usual the following week, 9/3/07 Sorry for the inconvenience. Please join us for yoga Monday evening at 7:15 in the back of the Somatic Center located at 32 Masonic Street.

First Aid for Emotional Trauma -- handout

Submitted by admin on Sun, 08/12/2007 - 19:01

A summary of what emotional trauma is and how to work to heal it, in a simple 2-sided handout sheet, written by Will Hall. This work is based on Peter Levine, Hakomi, Process-oriented Psychology, and Judith Levine.

Want to continue your yoga practice at home? New Monthly Class

Submitted by heather on Wed, 05/30/2007 - 16:13
We are privileged to tell you about another free yoga class! This class is funded by Western Mass Training Consortium. The class is lead by Chaya Grossberg, a
Kripalu Certified Yoga teacher. Chaya specializes in yoga for mental health and has taught for several alternative mental health organizations, including Freedom Center. This workshop will be the first in a yearlong series that will focus on developing a home practice. There will be time for Q and A on yoga for specific issues. Much of the teaching will be about how to fit yoga practice into your life and finding simple, easy ways to practice in short time periods.

Second Yoga Class Thursdays 3:30pm Begins 4-26

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/18/2007 - 11:51


A second Freedom Center free Weekly yoga class will
meet at Forbes library, Thursdays 3:30pm. This class
is free and open to the public. Mark your calendar,
we will start next week. Spread the word.

for more info:


Coming off Psychiatric Drugs: Successful Withdrawal from Neuroleptics, Antidepressants, Lithium, Carbamazepine and Tranquilizers

Submitted by admin on Sun, 04/08/2007 - 14:50

Coming Off Psychiatric DrugsThe world-wide first book about "Successful coming down from psychiatric drugs." With experience-reports of 28 (ex-)users and survivors of psychiatric drugs from all over the world and additional articles of psychotherapists, physicians, psychiatrists, natural healers and other professionals helping withdraw.

Freedom Center Audio 2007-03-21: International Network Towards Alternatives For Recovery - INTAR

INTAR - the International Network Towards Alternatives for Recovery - had a 2005 gathering of people from around the world working on ways to help people with schizophrenia, bipolar and other diagnoses without the medical model. This hour-long show interviews 13 participants.

Freedom Center Audio 11-06: David Burns: Freedom Center Origins, Inner Work, Howard Hughes Syndrome

Freedom Center founding member and organizer David Burns discusses the early days of Freedom Center, when he worked as a "secret agent" on the streets and in a Northampton mental health residence, collecting information on psychiatric abuse for Freedom Center's human rights activist campaign. Dave also describes his life and experiences labeled "obsessive-compulsive disorder" from a spiritual and creative viewpoint, including the "inner work" he does.

New Acupuncture Clinic - In Alaska!

Submitted by admin on Mon, 11/06/2006 - 23:26
Posted on Nov 07, 06

We just got word from Richard Rainery, of the Alaska Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education, that the Mental Health Web community center is starting to offer free acupuncture modeled on the Freedom Center clinic!

Will met with Richard and other Alaska psychiatric disability rights and domestic violence organizers during a trip a few months ago to several Alaska conferences and workshops. He was able to do a demonstration of the ear acupuncture protocol at the Mental Health Web, and has been nurturing an Alaska spinoff clinic ever since. Now it looks like it is happening. The clinic will be conducted by Patricia Cushman, Licensed Acupuncturist.