Submitted by shana on Sun, 09/21/2014 - 16:32
Submitted by jiro on Thu, 06/21/2012 - 04:02
The Freedom Center is experiencing paradoxical effects of our success! As peer run services spread in Western Massachusetts, organizers, resources, and support are now flowing to state funded agencies and initiatives across the area, especially the Recovery Learning Community. Area mental health providers are now embracing principles of peer-run services, peer support, and wellness alternatives. As a result of things shifting, organizers still focused on Freedom Center are seeking to obtain enough funding and volunteer support to keep Freedom Center resources active within the community. We welcome the volunteer support of local community members, as well as the financial support and wisdom of those who live outside the Pioneer Valley.
Submitted by admin on Sun, 06/12/2011 - 19:59
Freedom Center is going strong!
Submitted by admin on Tue, 12/21/2010 - 02:14
MEMORIAL-- Tuesday Dec 28 at 2 pm in Williamstown at the First Congregational Church, in the chapel downstairs
Watch the video Dave's sister Mecca made here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB_I0WwsYG8
Freedom Center celebrates our memories of Dave Burns, one of the original Freedom Center organizers. Dave's activism led to important reforms in the Northampton area mental health system, by exposing and denouncing abuses and pressing for improved treatment. He was a key organizer in local group homes and among mental health consumers in Northampton, who he met on the streets and in low income residences. Dave was also an important link to movement history, because he lived in RD Laing's therapeutic communities in London. He was a great guy and his spirit is very much alive in the work of the Freedom Center.
Will Hall writes, "Dave was a deeply creative and spiritual person who turned his own emotional and psychological struggles into a unique positive stance and attitude towards life. He was one of the founding organizers of Freedom Center and led the shaping of Freedom Center's first successful activist campaign. Dave was a very dear and beloved friend, very bright, very funny, and lived a way of seeing the world that was all his own. He will be deeply missed."
Listen to a great interview with Dave here: http://www.freedom-center.org/radio/10-06DavidBurns.mp3
Submitted by admin on Sat, 10/09/2010 - 21:20
Recovery Learning Community is sponsoring a "Starting Hearing Voices Groups" training with Oryx Cohen, Gail Hornstein, Ron Coleman (UK Hearing Voices Network) and Paul Baker (UK Hearing Voices Network). This is a great opportunity to learn about how to create a hearing voices group in your area and become a hearing voices group facilitator.
Dates for the training are November 12th & 19th and December 3rd & 10th. Download the training application here. For more info, contact
Recovery Learning Community
187 High St., Suite 303
Holyoke, MA 01040
Fax: 413-536-5466 (attn: Oryx)
Submitted by admin on Mon, 01/18/2010 - 01:54
Thank you Judi Chamberlin for all your inspiration, your years of friendship and support for Freedom Center, and the inspiration you have given the survivor movement.
Judi passed away. She recently wrote:
Submitted by lee on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 13:51
Yet again, the city of Northampton has recognized the valuable services that Freedom Center has provided and has given the Freedom Center additional funding to keep our programs going. The city of Northampton awarded the Freedom Center $2,500 towards helping to maintain our weekly writing group, acupuncture clinic, yoga classes, and support group. All of these programs take place in Northampton and are free and open to the public and therefore provide lots of benefit to northampton residents.
Submitted by admin on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 21:01
Longtime organizer Lee Hurter wrote her Hampshire College thesis on Freedom Center, including interviews with several Freedom Center organizers. Download and read the thesis at the link below.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 11/27/2008 - 19:19
The prestigious federal National Council on Disability report Inclusive Livable Communities for People with Psychiatric Disabilities March 17, 2008 included a section on Freedom Center that interviews Oryx!
Submitted by admin on Wed, 09/24/2008 - 12:47
In celebration of Freedom Center's seventh anniversary Oryx and Kristen had a baby girl! Katiya Elizabeth Cohen... Congratulatons to the happy couple and the adorable new Freedom Center member.
Submitted by admin on Wed, 02/21/2007 - 03:34
Read our open discussion list (FC-Discuss) here for all kinds of forwarded emails, news items, announcements, and discussions:
We have one not-very-active list these days (most people are on the RLC list now)
Submitted by shana on Sun, 09/21/2014 - 17:57
The Freedom Center is transforming! Please see our update post for info.
The Freedom Center is a support and activism community run by and for people labeled with severe 'mental disorders.' We call for compassion, human rights, self-determination, and holistic options. We create alternatives to the mental health system's widespread despair, abuse, fraudulent science and dangerous treatments. We are based in pro-choice harm reduction philosophy regarding medical treatments, and include people taking or not talking medications.
Submitted by lee on Sat, 01/23/2010 - 22:19
Submitted by lee on Thu, 01/21/2010 - 20:28
Submitted by admin on Tue, 08/18/2009 - 17:13
I'm Leah Harris, co-coordinator of the U.S. Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (USNUSP), a newly-formed network seeking to use the language, framework, and principles of international human rights to end violations against users and survivors of psychiatry and to promote voluntary and compassionate alternatives to the traditional mental health system.
Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 08:25
Listen to Gail Hornstein's radio interviews -- one on the local National Public Radio affiliate, WFCR and the other with Deborah Harper of psychjourney.com.
Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 13:17
Freedom Center helped start Hearing Voices groups in the Western Massachusetts area and beyond - to find out more information, contact the Recovery Learning Community, which is actively involved with organizing Hearing Voices groups in the area. Thanks!
Hearing Voices groups are popular and fairly widespread in Europe, specially England. Hearing Voices groups do not pathologize the experience of hearing voices or experiencing other altered states, instead they ask the voice hearer: What do the voices mean to you? Join us for the first Hearing Voices group east of Wisconsin and share and get support from others with similar experiences! *Co-sponsored by the Center for Human
Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/05/2009 - 13:47
Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 10:34
Freedom Center organizer Caty Simon is attending the Community Activation Network's Community Power Kickoff to represent us and would like other Freedom Center members & people interested in the mad movement to join her. The event is on DATE CHANGE March 28th at Hampshire College. 12-6PM--you'll be
Submitted by caty on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 11:38
Freedom Center is organizing a spring Speak Out and we want your help! Join slam poet and mental health activist Leah Harris from DC, Caty Simon, Lee Hurter and others. We need speakers and volunteers for this upcoming event -- get in touch with caty(at)freedom-center(dot)org.
Submitted by admin on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 13:44
Submitted by admin on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 13:59
FC Organizer Mollie Hurter writes about the Northeast Herbal Convergence:
Submitted by admin on Sun, 09/21/2008 - 00:52
To celebrate our birthday, and the honor of being recognized by Forbes, Freedom Center will host a special event to screen the video at its "Lucky 7 Psychosocial" party on
September 20th at 6 pm
World War II Club
50 Conz St., Northampton, MA.
Submitted by admin on Fri, 08/29/2008 - 13:45
Leading Business Magazine Forbes Honors Local Advocates in International Fundraiser; Anniversary Celebration Planned