Icarus Project ~ radical mental health in a crazy world
The Icarus Project (Inter)national Organizing ~ Navigating The Space Between Brilliance and Madness ~ Get involved with Icarus and the radical mental health movement as a collaborator and volunteer. Experiencing "Madness" and "Extreme States" (What it feels like to go through the thousand shades of gray that get labeled bipolar, mania, depression, schizophrenia, borderline, panic, anxiety, psychosis, attention deficit, obsessive-compulsive, self-injury and ... what's it like in your world? How do you relate to your mind and your diagnosis? What language makes sense to you?)
Survivors: healing trauma and abuse
Health and Wellness (Is wellness just a state of non-sickness, or something entirely different? How are "physical health" and "mental health" linked?)
Alternative and Holistic Treatments, Psychiatric Medication and Mainstream Treatments, Navigating the System: Institutions and Health Providers, Reducing and Going Off Medications Safely, Food and Health
Stand Up For Your Rights: Oppression, Advocacy, and Activism
Police Violence and Harassment Database, Mindful Occupation
Making Maps, Swimming Upstream and Building Islands of Community
Give Me Lithium or Give Me Meth
Self medicating? (Who isn't?!?)
Creativity and Madness (A place to explore the ways that our wild outsider minds free, fuel, and sometimes derail the creative process)
Poetry, Art, Graphics, Photos, and Video, Zines, Music, Mad Geekdom
Friends, Family, and Allies; Spirituality
Alternate Dimensions or Psychotic Delusions?
Dreams & Nightmares
Relationships: Family, Friends & Lovers
"The Icarus Project envisions a new culture and language that resonates with our actual experiences of 'mental illness' rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework."
"We are a network of people living with and/or affected by experiences that are commonly diagnosed and labeled as psychiatric conditions. We believe these experiences are mad gifts needing cultivation and care, rather than diseases or disorders. By joining together as individuals and as a community, the intertwined threads of madness, creativity, and collaboration can inspire hope and transformation in an oppressive and damaged world. Participation in The Icarus Project helps us overcome alienation and tap into the true potential that lies between brilliance and madness."
"The Icarus Project is a collaborative, participatory adventure fueled by inspiration and mutual aid. We bring the Icarus vision to reality through an Icarus national staff collective and a grassroots network of autonomous local support groups and Campus Icarus groups across the US and beyond. We're non-profit and donation driven; please consider making a donation if you can, even $10 helps keep us going."
Writings by Icarus members and collaborators on everything from medication to crisis to magic and back again at http://theicarusproject.net