Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.
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Tens of millions of Indigenous peoples inhabited North America, and governed their complex societies, long before European governments sent explorers to seize lands and resources from the continent and its inhabitants. These foreign European governments interacted with tribal nations in diplomacy, commerce, culture, and war—acknowledging Indigenous systems of social, cultural, economic, and political governance. Tribal nations have remained as political powers from the colonial period until today—engaging in commerce, trade, cultural exchange, and inspiring the principles of freedom and democracy enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. As the United States formed a union, the founders acknowledged the sovereignty of tribal nations, alongside states, foreign nations, and the federal government in the U.S. Constitution. Tribal nations are part of the unique American family of governments, nations within a nation, as well as sovereign nations in the global community of nations. Access Information
Federal Resources for Rural Communities to Help Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse
Office of National Drug Control Policy U.S. Department of Agriculture October 2018
Federal Resources for Rural Communities to Help Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse. In May 2018, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) stood up a Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group to help address the opioid crisis by improving coordination of and reducing potential overlap among the Federal responses in the Nation’s rural communities. The IWG is co-chaired by ONDCP and USDA. This document is the first output, a guide to the resources that can help make a difference in your communities. Access Information
RURAL COMMUNITY ACTION GUIDE
Building Stronger, Healthy, Drug-Free Rural Communities
The Rural Community Action Guide is a compilation of qualitative data collected from numerous community organizations, and data arranged by category.The guide aims to educate the public by providing an overview of the key challenges rural communities face when addressing the consequences of prescription opioid misuse and the use of illicit substances.It also showcases localized efforts implemented to help mitigate the impact of substance use disorder.The information provided herein should not be construed as the Federal Government’s official policy position on these issues nor does it serve as an endorsement of the varying local practices included as examples throughout the guide. Access Information
Paths to Personal Transformation & Collective Liberation
Mad Maps are documents that we create for ourselves as reminders of our goals, what is important to us, our personal signs of struggle, and our strategies for self-determined well-being. Along the way we’ve learned that our communities are impacted by societal systems in different ways, and that these differences affect our mental health. Our guides approach important issues such as oppression and intergenerational trauma and invite you to join others in crafting solutions that help transform the health of our communities.
The Icarus Project and Freedom Center’s expanded 52-page guide gathers the best information we’ve come across and the most valuable lessons we’ve learned about reducing and coming off psychiatric medication. Includes info on mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, risks, benefits, wellness tools, withdrawal, detailed Resource section, information for people staying on their medications, and much more. Written by Will Hall, with a 14-member health professional Advisory board providing research assistance and 24 other collaborators involved in developing and editing.
Since it was first published in 2006, this guide has been downloaded off of our website more than 25,000 times, and been used to start local Icarus and Icarus affiliated groups all over the world. We thank all the dedicated and brilliant mad ones, the website members, writers, visionaries, artists, activists, organizers, healers, and other Icarus coconspirators who inspired this manual to exist. In particular, the ones who gave us feedback, ideas, critique, and praise for this new edition. Get in touch and tell us how you’ve been using it in your hometown or city and give us feedback on how we can make it e
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Unity Recovery + WEconnect + Alano Club are now offering free virtual recovery meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic
Recovery is a reality for over 22 million Americans with past substance use concerns, over 40 million in mental health recovery, and countless more millions across the globe. We truly believe that recovery is individual, dynamic, and ultimately, best directed by the individual with support from their community. With this philosophy in mind, Unity Recovery was founded to be an inclusive recovery community organization and drop-in center for everyone.
Online Recovery Resources
Virtual Recovery Programs
Alcoholics Anonymous: Offers online support http://aa-intergroup.org/
Cocaine Anonymous: Offers online support andserviceshttps://www.ca-online.org/
LifeRing: LifeRing Secular Recovery offers online support https://www.lifering.org/online-meetings
In The Rooms - Online Recovery Meetings: Provides online support through live meetings and discussion groups https://www.intherooms.com/home/
Marijuana Anonymous: Offers virtual support https://ma-online.org/
Narcotics Anonymous: Offers a variety of online and skype meeting options https://www.na.org/meetingsearch/
Reddit Recovery: Offers a virtual hang out and support during recovery https://www.reddit.com/r/REDDITORSINRECOVERY/
Refuge Recovery: Provides online and virtual support http://bit.ly/refugerecovery1
Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery: Offers global community of mutual-support groups, forums including a chatroom and message board https://www.smartrecovery.org/community/
SoberCity: Offers an online support and recovery community https://www.soberocity.com/
Sobergrid: Offers an online platform to help anyone get sober and stay sober https://www.sobergrid.com/
Soberistas: Provides a women-only international online recovery community https://soberistas.com/
Sober Recovery: Provides an online forum for those in recovery and their friends and family https://www.soberrecovery.com/forums/
We Connect Recovery: Provides daily online recovery groups for those with substance use and mental illness https://www.weconnectrecovery.com/freeonline-support-meetings Unity Recovery + WEconnect + Alano Club: Providing daily virtual meeting for those in recovery and for their family members https://unityrecovery.org/digital-recoverymeetings
RECOVERY RESOURCES AND SUPPORTS
The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine Coronavirus Information and Resources Guide http://bit.ly/NAMIresource
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation contains online support meetings, blogs, mobile apps, social media groups, and movie suggestions, including the online support community,
The Daily Pledge: https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/recovery /tools/daily-pledge and “Tips for Staying Connected and Safeguarding Your Addiction Recovery”: http://bit.ly/HBF-Tips
Shatterproof: “How I’m Coping with COVID-19 andSocialIsolation asa Person in Long-Term Recovery”provides helpful suggestions http://bit.ly/shatterproof-coping
The Chopra Center: “AnxiousAbout the Coronavirus?Here Are Eight Practical Tips on How to Stay Calm and Support Your Immune System.” http://bit.ly/Chopra-calm
TIPS TO SET UP A VIRTUAL RECOVERY MEETING
Simple steps for 12 step groups using various virtual platforms for meetings: https://www.nyintergroup.org/remotemeeting-listing/help-setting-up-onlinemeetings/#zoom
To host a meeting on zoom:
1.Set up a free account here: https://zoom.us
When you set up a free account, you can only host a meeting for 45 minutes.
To host longer meetings, you need a paid account.
2.Schedule a meeting https://support.zoom.us/hc/enus/articles/201362413-Schedulingmeetings
3.Invite people to join a meeting : https://support.zoom.us/hc/enus/articles/201362183-How-do-I-inviteothers-to-join-a-meeting
4.Create a flyer to publicize meetings. This flyer is sent to group members via email and text, posted on self-help group’s District Website and posted on door of the physical site that is closed in an attempt to reach anyone who shows up for a meeting