Welcome to The Icarus Project.


We are a support network and media project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. We envision a new culture that allows the space and freedom for exploring different states of being, and recognizes that breakdown can be the entrance to breakthrough. We aim to create a language that is so vast and rich that it expresses the infinite diversity of human experiences.

Mad Maps


an upcoming Icarus Project publication

What are Mad Maps?

In a world that seals up the side trails, hidden doors and underground caves, forcing us all to walk the arbitrary straight path of so-called normalcy, The Icarus Project is perhaps the last respite left for exploring the art of getting lost. Fueled by hope and creativity, our members have been artfully forging roads and making maps that define our journeys with mental health struggles in the context of a crookedly beautiful world. We have called these cartographic musings Mad Maps.

Sascha Branches Out from The Icarus Project


After years of peer support work, Sascha is finding a place for himself as a radical mental health practitioner while wrapping up his first year of social work school in New York City. Inspired by his experiences with Icarus, and drawing on his social work schooling, Sascha’s new focus will be building tools for mental health practice that are rooted in visionary storytelling and collective liberation.


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