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.
Recently The Icarus Project reached out to its community with a series of surveys asking for input on the creation of a Mad Maps Project. Mad Maps are 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 struggling. These surveys asked a broad range of questions including how oppression and intergenerational trauma create and/or impact madness. These surveys yielded a need within our community for broader discussions and support systems for mad parents and parents of mad children.
The Icarus Project has long been associated with the Mad Pride movement, though individual members may or may not associate themselves with the word Mad, or feel any particular sense of pride in relation to experiences of what might be called madness. Organizationaly, The Icarus Project has edged away from the language of Mad Pride, in an effort to be inclusive of those who may not identify as Mad.