Mad Maps: Building Trails to Where We Want to Be, Input Needed

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For many years, members of The Icarus project have been imagining maps and roads and labyrinths that would lead us in our journey and ground us in the moment. These have been called “wellness maps” or “mad maps” – reminder documents we create for ourselves and the people around us about our wellness goals, warning signs, strategies for health and who we trust to look out for our best interests when we’re not at our best. Originally inspired by the idea of Advanced Directives (legal documents to share with doctors and friends in the event of being hospitalized), mad maps evolved to work as more informal, personal tools for self-care and peer-based support.

Living In Between: Interview with Icarus Co-Founder Jacks

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I recently had the great pleasure of speaking with Jacks Ashley McNamara about writing and creativity, madness and identity, activism and survival. Jacks is a genderqueer writer, artist, activist, and Somatic healer... The Icarus Project recently celebrated its tenth anniversary which happened to coincide with the release of Jacks’ new book of poetry, Inbetweenland, published by Deviant Type Press.

Coming Off Medications Guide - In Japanese!

The Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs was recently translated in Japanese!

Thanks to the amazing translation team of Madness Radio listeners Dr. Tsuyoshi Matsuo, Makoto and Yuko Matsuo, Richard Sadowsky, Kyoko Hamashima, Mari Yamamoto, and Mika Jarmusz, with layout support by Seth Kadish

You can download the new guide here.

Download the scrambled pages printer version here.

Endless New Beginnings: Madness and Motherhood, Stories and Social Justice

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There are not many people talking about what it means to be a mad parent, what those defining identities mean for them or how those roles play out in their lives. Struggling with staying well and a life wrought with experiences that can sometimes, for example, make it difficult to leave the house have the capacity to make modern parenting a huge challenge. For people who are sensitive to the amount of sleep they get or who have a hard time with loud noises and shifts in body chemistry, mad motherhood in particular can be a massive undertaking, requiring unprecedented strength and determination.

So Many Wings: Re-imagining the Icarus Project’s Blog

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The Icarus Project is in the process of redeveloping our front-page blog as a space for powerful, transgressive stories, articles, interviews, and resources that aren’t being widely published in other alternative mental health media outlets. We want to center the voices and badass organizing of people of color, queers, working-class folks, people with disabilities, and other marginalized voices, offering space not only for counter narratives to the biomedical model of psychiatry, but also for a lot more beauty and brilliance in who gets to speak.

We want to expand the dialogue regarding mental health, human rights, liberation and healing. We hope to encourage reflection about how factors such as race, gender, class, ability, sexuality, immigration status, inter-generational poverty, and community culture play a role in how people experience "mental health" and the mental health system. We want to talk about who has access to services, both mainstream and alternative, and who doesn’t. We want to interact with growing movements in healing justice, disability justice, and prison abolition.

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