The Freedom Center's Peer Support Group

Submitted by shana on Sun, 09/21/2014 - 16:32


Right now a small group of core organizers intends to offer more support groups in Northampton in the future. We don't have the resources at the moment to make this viable, and so we are focusing on resources and networking at the moment and hope to offer a monthly support group when all the preparations are in place . Please be in touch if you are interested in Freedom Center community events, volunteering, or otherwise helping.

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)


Facilitation Training Weds Aug 29 at RLC in Holyoke

Submitted by admin on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 12:37

Date and time confirmed...

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Freedom Center and USNUSP collaborate on "Human Rights for ALL" Tour

Submitted by admin on Tue, 08/18/2009 - 17:13

I'm Leah Harris, co-coordinator of the U.S. Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (USNUSP), a newly-formed network seeking to use the language, framework, and principles of international human rights to end violations against users and survivors of psychiatry and to promote voluntary and compassionate alternatives to the traditional mental health system.

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

Join The Community Power Kickoff - DATE CHANGE March 28th

Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 10:34

Freedom Center organizer Caty Simon is attending the Community Activation Network's Community Power Kickoff to represent us and would like other Freedom Center members & people interested in the mad movement to join her. The event is on DATE CHANGE March 28th at Hampshire College. 12-6PM--you'll be
directed by signs as soon as you get there showing you specifically where to go.

Here's a quick summary of the event.

Get Involved With Our Spring Speakout w/ Leah Harris!

Submitted by caty on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 11:38

Freedom Center is organizing a spring Speak Out and we want your help! Join slam poet and mental health activist Leah Harris from DC, Caty Simon, Lee Hurter and others. We need speakers and volunteers for this upcoming event -- get in touch with caty(at)freedom-center(dot)org.


Party September 20th! FC Lucky Seven 'PsychoSocial' Anniversary

Submitted by admin on Sun, 09/21/2008 - 00:52

Freedom Center is seven years old!

To celebrate our birthday, and the honor of being recognized by Forbes,  Freedom Center will host a special event to screen the video at its "Lucky 7 Psychosocial" party on

September 20th at 6 pm

World War II Club

50 Conz St., Northampton, MA.

Forbes Magazine Features Freedom Center - New Video Released

Submitted by admin on Fri, 08/29/2008 - 13:45

The Gazette also did a story about the Forbes article.

Leading Business Magazine Forbes Honors Local Advocates in International Fundraiser; Anniversary Celebration Planned


Madness Radio New Timeslot: 4-5pm Tuesdays EST

Submitted by admin on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 19:51

Thanks to everyone who has listened to, been a guest on, and helped make Madness Radio successful as we continue in our third year!

We have a new timeslot --

4-5pm Tuesdays on 103.3 FM

You can always listen online to the latest shows, to the archives, and subscribe via podcast at or through the iTunes store.

Keep the madness rolling...



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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.

Special Screening of "A Balancing Act" at the RLC Jan. 23!

Submitted by oryx on Fri, 01/18/2008 - 19:40

Recovery Learning Community to Screen “A Balancing Act”


Weekly Movie Night to Feature Local Filmmaker, Marc Israel



Will on Tour With Icarus Project

Submitted by admin on Wed, 10/31/2007 - 13:12

Will is traveling around the country - Virginia Tech, Richmond, Chicago, Indianapolis, Winona, Minneapolis - with Sasch and Madigan of the Icarus Project talking about his psych abuse experiences, the origins of Freedom Center, the new coming off meds guide, and visions of who we are and what we can do beyond the disease and disorder model. Check out the Icarus staff blog for info, including audio and photos.

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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.

2007 Bed Push Slideshow

Submitted by admin on Sun, 08/12/2007 - 16:58

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.
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Sunday July 29th Escape from Psychiatry Protest!

Submitted by admin on Sun, 07/29/2007 - 18:07

For Immediate Release: Escape From Psychiatry: A Protest and Bed Push Against Abuse in the Mental
Health System
July 29, 2pm Cooley Dickinson Hospital


Download Flier here.


Survivor-Professional Open Forum July 10 - note new time

Submitted by admin on Tue, 07/10/2007 - 09:00

Survivor-Professional Mental Health Open Forum


Members of Windhorse Associates and Freedom Center are invited to an open forum discussion Tuesday July 10 6:00-8:0pm. Please call or email for location and details.

Please come if you are interested in having your voice heard, listening respectfully to others, and inquiring more deeply into your own beliefs and assumptions. The forum will be facilitated by a third party facilitator committed to group safety, and honesty and depth are the shared goals.

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Boston Forum on PCA Issues June 26

Submitted by admin on Tue, 06/26/2007 - 14:01

Please come advocate for mental health personal care attendants:


June 24 Facilitation Training [note new time]

Submitted by admin on Sun, 06/24/2007 - 07:40

June 24 Facilitation Training

June 24th in Northampton the Recovery Learning Center and Freedom Center are offering a 3-hour Facilitation Training, led by Freedom Center organizer and Icarus Project staff Will Hall.

5th Annual Art Show Sunday June 3rd

Submitted by heather on Sun, 06/03/2007 - 10:13
The 5th Annual Art Show of the Western Mass Training Consortium

: a group exhibit of the 2007 Career Initiatives Artisits: Virginia Harlow, Larry Ditman, Janice Sorensen

Opening reception:
Apollo Grill at Eastworks - 116 Pleasant St. Easthampton, MA
Sunday June 3 1pm-4pm
Music, poetry and refreshments!
Performances by: Robin Lane, A Woman's Voice and Chaya Grossberg

More info available at