The Icarus Project: Local Chapters And Affinity Groups

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As of December 2014, The Icarus Project actively supports local Icarus chapters and affinity groups nationwide. Contact a group in your area to attend a peer support meeting and to find out how you can get involved in radical mental health organizing and advocacy.

Icarus Affiliated Local Groups as of 2/15/2015

Between December 2014 and February 2015, Daniela Capistrano, TIP National Organizer, has connected directly with the following 15 active and emerging TIP chapters and affinity groups:

Culver City, CA
Wildflowers is an Icarus affinity group, “a collaboration of giving and receiving mindful peer support, self-awareness, and radical wellness.” They do not represent any other emerging Icarus groups in Southern California.
MEETING INFO: SHARE (Self Help and Recovery Exchange)! (6666 Green Valley Circle Culver City CA, 90230)
1st and 3rd Sunday at 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., upstairs in the HARMONY room
Contact: wildflowersmovement@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/WildflowersMovement

http://wildflowersmovement.com/

https://twitter.com/EcoConscious

If you are interested in forming - or supporting the creation of - a new local Icarus group anywhere in Southern California, please send a message to nationalorganizer@theicarusproject.net so we can assist you. The Culver City resource is incredible (new members welcome!), but due to the geography of the area, doesn’t have the capacity to be accessible to all of Southern California.

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East Bay, CA
There are two TIP meeting options in Oakland and both are organized by the same local TIP chapter organizers:

1) Rock Paper Scissors Collective (2278 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94602)
http://rpscollective.org/
2nd and 3rd Wednesdays, 7:30pm-9:30pm (doors lock at 7:45pm)

Accessibility:

  • Fully wheelchair accessible including restroom

  • Paint/art project smells may exist in the space

  • Adjacent to a bar with outdoor smokers

  • Large glass windows leave the space very visible to the street

  • Outside street noise is medium

  • Lighting is somewhat fluorescent

  • Often cold during the winter

2) Omni Oakland Commons (4799 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, 94609)
https://omnicommons.org/index.html
1st and 4th Wednesdays, 7:30pm (doors lock at 7:45pm)

Accessibility:

  • Currently no ADA wheelchair-accessible bathroom in the building; all bathrooms require a few steps, do not have bars, and sometimes the pathways are blocked by bikes and chairs

  • Primary room's door is too narrow to be wheelchair accessible, although we do have alternative meeting spaces which are unfortunately less private

  • Front door is sometimes closed, requiring wheelchair users to ring the doorbell since there is no automated open

  • Construction smells may exist in the space

  • There is black mold in other parts of the building

  • People do smoke out front and it gets into the building, although our room is fairly smoke-free

  • Noise level varies depending on the ballroom’s activity, sometimes fairly loud

  • Lighting is somewhat fluorescent/bright

Contact for both meetings: icarus-oakland@lists.riseup.net

Forum: http://legacy.theicarusproject.net/forums/viewforum.php?f=62

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/icaruseastbay

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Sacramento, CA (emerging)
This local chapter was formed in October of 2014 and is working on securing a private, accessible meeting space. For now, meetings are held in a temporary location (a back room in Perko’s Cafe & Grill - 925 3rd St, Sacramento, CA 95814 between I St and J St). The space is wheelchair accessible.

Meeting frequency so far has been once a month, but they aspire to meet more frequently as they access resources and support. There are usually around 8-10 people in attendance and most of them know each other through overlapping networks. New faces are especially welcome.

Contact robotmad@gmail.com to get the next meeting date and to ask any questions. This group has also shared meeting info and other updates on their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sacramento-Icarus-Project/209968022378792

If you have any additional questions about the emerging group in Sacramento, feel free to email nationalorganizer@theicarusproject.net.

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Portland, OR
There are two TIP affiliated local groups in Portland that are organized by two different collectives:

1) Q Center location (Semi-closed Icarus affinity group)
Please email the group prior to attending a meeting - they are not able to support unscheduled drop-ins. Contact: icarusprojectpdx@gmail.com
Meeting Times/Location: Mondays evenings. Please email to find out more about this group. icarusprojectpdx@gmail.com

http://www.pdxqcenter.org/programs/health-wellness/the-icarus-project/

Portland forum thread: http://legacy.theicarusproject.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=36379

2) Anarres location (emerging Icarus affinity group)
This group was created in February of 2015 by some folks who had attended meetings at Q Center. There are four people so far who organize this group. Anyone is welcome to attend this group, which often takes those on the waiting list for the Q Center group.

Meeting location: Anarres Infoshop and Community Space (7515 N Alma Ave. in North Portland)

**this space doesn't have its own bathroom and TIP national has requested that a more accessible space be utilized**

http://anarresinfoshop.tumblr.com/

Contact Leo, one of the organizers, for more information about upcoming meeting dates and how you can get involved: rootsofmadnesspdx@gmail.com

If you have any additional questions about the emerging POC-only group in Portland, feel free to email nationalorganizer@theicarusproject.net.

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Seattle, WA (emerging)

Although presently inactive, the Seattle affinity group is being classified at this time as emerging due to folks in Seattle collaborating with Daniela at this time to start a new peer support group in Seattle in 2015. Contact Daniela, Icarus Project National Organizer, at nationalorganizer@theicarusproject.net to ask questions, get involved and to stay informed on our progress.

Forum thread to connect online with others in Seattle: http://legacy.theicarusproject.net/forums/viewforum.php?f=89

No one has responded to the previous group contact icarusprojectseattle@gmail.com as of January 27, 2015.

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Denver, CO (emerging)

This emerging chapter was formed in August of 2014. They meet every Friday from 6pm-8pm.

Meetings are held in a temporary space - the community conference room in an apartment building (1801 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO 80202). The space is wheelchair accessible and on the first floor of the building. At this time, there are generally 6 people in attendance (new members welcome!). They are presently looking for another meeting space to accommodate a larger group but are still meeting at the Arapahoe Street location.

As this is an emerging group, please check their meeting schedule page and contact icarusprojectdenver@gmail.com prior to attending a meeting to get any of your initial questions answered.

Icarus Project Denver website: https://icarusprojectdenver.firebaseapp.com/Home

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IcarusProjectDenver

Phone: 315.796.2883

If you have any additional questions about the emerging chapter in Denver, feel free to email nationalorganizer@theicarusproject.net.

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Prescott, AZ (emerging)

Although presently inactive, the Prescott affinity group is being classified at this time as emerging due to folks in Prescott collaborating with Daniela to start a new peer support group in Prescott in 2015.

Their email as of February 18, 2015: prescotticarusproject@gmail.com

Contact Daniela, Icarus Project National Organizer, at nationalorganizer@theicarusproject.net to ask questions, get involved and to stay informed on our progress.

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St. Louis, MO (emerging and transitioning)

TIP is supporting folks in St. Louis in forming a new peer support group that will meet in an accessible space and go through an accountability process with the Icarus Project collective to ensure safety, accessibility and to cultivate community partnerships with local healing-centered organizations. This new Icarus chapter will also prioritize supporting local people of color (but all people are welcome). TIP’s goal is to start holding peer support and drop-in meetings in St. Louis in the Summer of 2015.

Contact Daniela, Icarus Project National Organizer, at nationalorganizer@theicarusproject.net to ask questions, get involved and to stay informed on our progress with the new/emerging St. Louis peer support group.

The emerging St. Louis Icarus chapter on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/icarusprojectstlouis

NOTE: In January of 2015, what was once called the St. Louis Icarus group changed its name to the St. Louis Radical Mental Health Collective and is not affiliated with The Icarus Project at this time. This group does not meet consistently and meetings often take place in member homes and coffee shops, which isn’t always accessible. You can contact them here on Facebook. Daniela Capistrano has contacted this group repeatedly since December 2014. As of February 17, 2015, this group’s founder has not provided a specific call date & time to have a conversation about the transition and the group has yet to report back in any formal capacity.

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Cincinnati, OH (emerging)

This emerging chapter was formed in October of 2014 and has met 11 times as of January 6, 2015. They meet every Thursday from 7pm-9pm EST at Soapbox Books & Zines (1415 Knowlton Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223). The space is wheelchair accessible. Meetings are facilitated by volunteers in rotation. There are usually 5-13 people in attendance.

Contact soapboxbooks@riseup.net prior to attending a meeting, as Soapbox was temporarily closed in February of 2015. TIP is supporting some folks from the original St. Louis Icarus group in forming a new peer support group in St. Louis that will meet in an accessible space and go through an accountability process with the Icarus Project collective to ensure safety, accessibility and to cultivate community partnerships with local healing-centered organizations. This new group will also prioritize supporting local people of color (but all people are welcome).

Cincinnati Icarus on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/814900065228560/

If you have any additional questions about the emerging chapter in Cincinnati, feel free to email nationalorganizer@theicarusproject.net.

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New Orleans, LA (emerging)

TIP is supporting locals in NOLA in forming a new peer support group that will meet in an accessible space and go through an accountability process with the Icarus Project collective to ensure safety, accessibility and to cultivate community partnerships with local healing-centered organizations. This new Icarus chapter will also prioritize supporting local people of color (but all people are welcome). TIP’s goal is to start holding peer support and drop-in meetings in NOLA in late April of 2015.

Contact Daniela, Icarus Project National Organizer, at nationalorganizer@theicarusproject.net to ask questions, get involved and to stay informed on our progress with the new/emerging NOLA peer support group.

Icarus Project: New Orleans on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theicarusprojectnola

NOTE: In January of 2015, what was once called the New Orleans Icarus group changed its name to the New Orleans Radical Mental Health Collective and is not affiliated with The Icarus Project at this time. As of February 17, 2015, the New Orleans Radical Mental Health Collective was not holding meetings in NOLA and is not actively organizing. The original New Orleans Icarus group (prior to changing its name) stopped meeting and was inactive since the Summer of 2014. Daniela has been in touch with the New Orleans Radical Mental Health Collective and they support the formation of the new NOLA Icarus chapter.

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Atlanta, GA (emerging)

The ATL meetup is an Icarus affinity group. They had their first planning call on February 8, 2015, and intend to hold their first in-person meeting on March 11, 2015 at Charis Books & More, an independent feminist bookstore. Contact icarusprojectatlanta@gmail.com for meeting details and to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Here is their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theicarusprojectatlanta

If you have any additional questions about the emerging group in Atlanta, feel free to email nationalorganizer@theicarusproject.net.

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North Carolina

There are three affinity groups in North Carolina at varying stages of operations. TIP is in the process of supporting these three groups in sharing resources and building capacity.

1) Asheville, NC (in transition)

The Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective is an Icarus Project affinity group. Leadership roles within this collective are in transition and they welcome more support in order to remain consistently active.

This group meet Tuesdays @ Kairos West Community Center (742 Haywood Rd., AVL) from 4:00 – 6:00pm.

Contact them at radmadasheville@theicarusproject.net prior to attending a meeting and to learn more about what resources they offer as well as volunteer opportunities.

Website: http://ashevilleradicalmentalhealth.net/

Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/197153303650300/

Google group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/armhc-icarus

2) Greensboro, NC (emerging)

The Greensboro Icarus group was formed in August of 2014. They are an affinity group that aims to become an official Icarus chapter by working with TIP through a mutual accountability process. They are presently comprised of three organizers and welcome more support in order to remain a sustainable resource.

The Greensboro Icarus group presently hosts two meetings per month. Up until the end of 2014, they met at Glenwood Coffee and Books (1310 Glenwood Ave., Greensboro, NC 27403) on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm. Contact icarusgso@gmail.com to get upcoming meeting details and to learn more about ways to be involved with this group.

If you have any additional questions about the emerging chapter in Greensboro, feel free to email nationalorganizer@theicarusproject.net.

3) Chapel Hill, NC (emerging/in transition)

This group is in transition and reported to TIP on January 3, 2015 that they were inactive. David Dasher is now the point of contact for the Chapel Hill transitioning group and is working with Daniela to secure a safe and accessible meeting space. We will update this page with those details ASAP.

The email icarusprojectchc@gmail.com is not active at this time. If you have any additional questions about the transitioning group in Chapel Hill, feel free to email nationalorganizer@theicarusproject.net.

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New York City, NY (in transition)

The NYC Icarus group, in its current manifestation, organizes monthly mad-friendly events in NYC. They do not provide consistent peer support meetings at this time. Organizers within this group meet to specifically plan the monthly events that are open to the public and usually held at BLUESTOCKINGS, but anyone is welcome to attend these event organizing meetings.

Contact nycicarus@gmail.com for more information about the next upcoming event and how you can get involved.

Forum: http://legacy.theicarusproject.net/forums/viewforum.php?f=48

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IcarusProjectNewYorkCity

Some folks within this existing NYC Icarus group have expressed to Daniela that they are interested in eventually offering peer support meetings on a consistent basis. TIP is working on a plan to evaluate next steps and has started outreach with community organizations, with the goal of offering peer support meetings in a safe and accessible environment in NYC by end of 2015.

If you have any additional questions about the transitioning group in NYC, feel free to email nationalorganizer@theicarusproject.net.

Don't have a group in your area? Email us and we'll help you get one started: localgroups@theicarusproject.net

Know of a group or have a group that you'd like listed here? Get in touch and we'll add it: nationalorganizer@theicarusproject.net

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Take a look at our support manual, titled Friends Make the Best Medicine: A Guide to Creating Community Mental Health Support Networks. This Icarus guide for community support around madness and mental health is a work in progress (shared in 2013). We thank all the dangerous and brilliant mad ones, the website members, writers, visionaries artists, activists, organizers, healers, and other Icarus co-conspirators who have collaborated.You can download the support manual by clicking here.

Our Crisis Tool Kit offers an assortment of resources that may provide perspective, comfort, and/or tools that could be of assistance to people experiencing tough times. You can download it by clicking here.

Check out other materials on our Resources Page and get in touch with us at localgroups@theicarusproject.net: http://legacy.theicarusproject.net/resources

We will update this page with international contacts as they emerge.