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The Icarus Project celebrates a decade of redefining mental health

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More Icarus Project art will be on display at Modern Times bookstore starting this weekend
SARAH QUINTER, COURTESY THE ICARUS PROJECT

Mental health professionals, along with other non-professionals who were a part of Occupy Wall Street, formed the Support working group to intervene when people seemed to be in crisis and patrol the park at night. But Jonah Bossewitch, a member of the working group and one of the editors of Mindful Occupation, said that the broad critique of society and authority present in most of Occupy didn't always extend to Support.

"Nobody was going to go to the cops after people got into a fight. Yet people were getting forced treatment and psych evaluations, " Bossewitch said. "Folks are ready to critique the outside world — capitalism, banks — but it's way harder to look in at their own profession."

For DuBrul, the emotional tensions that played out at Occupy, as well as the trauma of police beatings, jail, and exposure to chemicals, proved the need to continue and grow The Icarus Project.

"If you know how you are when you're well, it's much easier to get back there," said DuBrul said. "I'm telling you, a movement full of people, an Occupy movement full of people that have a sense of how they are when they're well, then it's much easier to work towards what it is that you want. If you're operating from a place where you're having a really hard time, it's much harder to get to where you're going."

So where is Icarus going? They hope to formalize the mentorship and education that has already happened, borrowing in some ways from the "sponsorship" approach that groups like Alcoholics Anonymous take.

"We started with a vision of creating a new language and culture about what gets considered mental illness," DuBrul said. "It's alright to be 'mad' and still be brilliant."

The schedule of Icarus anniversary events is available at www.theicarusproject.net/10thanniversary

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COME ON OUT AND MEET US AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE ICARUS PROJECT AT OUR BAY AREA EVENTS STARTING THIS FRIDAY!

Bay Area 10 Year Icarus Anniversary Events

Friday September 14th-October 14th:
Retrospective Icarus Art Show
Opening Night with Story Sharing (9/14) 7-10pm
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street SF, CA
https://www.facebook.com/events/455862497792380/

Thursday September 20th:
“Mad Love: Celebrating 10 Years of the Icarus Project”
Open mic and Icarus history story telling (back patio) 6pm – 8:30pm

Bands and featured performers 9pm – 12am
El Rio
3158 Mission St (@ Cesar Chavez), SF
https://www.facebook.com/events/489418454404192/

Thursday September 27th:
Mad Dance Film Screening (3 films & Performance) 8pm-10pm
Artist Television Access (ATA)
992 Valencia Street SF, CA
https://www.facebook.com/events/429990027037426/

Friday, September 28th:
20th Anniversary Critical Mass Ride
Winged Icarus Contingent 5:30pm

http://www.sfcriticalmass.org/
Justin Herman Plaza (foot of Market Street)

Sunday September 30th
Radical Mental Health Skillshare 12-5pm
The Holdout

2313 San Pablo Ave, Oakland CA
The Icarus Project is a network of radical support groups, an arts and media project, and a creative activist platform for re-visioning the language and culture around ideas of mental health and illness. Come join us: http://theicarusproject.net

For more information, reach out and touch us: anniversary@theicarusproject.net

Also the website's a great place to start: http://theicarusproject.net

Posted by Sascha Altman DuBrul on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

COME ON OUT AND MEET US AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE ICARUS PROJECT AT OUR BAY AREA EVENTS STARTING THIS FRIDAY!

Bay Area 10 Year Icarus Anniversary Events

Friday September 14th-October 14th:
Retrospective Icarus Art Show
Opening Night with Story Sharing (9/14) 7-10pm
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th Street SF, CA
https://www.facebook.com/events/455862497792380/

Thursday September 20th:
“Mad Love: Celebrating 10 Years of the Icarus Project”
Open mic and Icarus history story telling (back patio) 6pm – 8:30pm

Bands and featured performers 9pm – 12am
El Rio
3158 Mission St (@ Cesar Chavez), SF
https://www.facebook.com/events/489418454404192/

Thursday September 27th:
Mad Dance Film Screening (3 films & Performance) 8pm-10pm
Artist Television Access (ATA)
992 Valencia Street SF, CA
https://www.facebook.com/events/429990027037426/

Friday, September 28th:
20th Anniversary Critical Mass Ride
Winged Icarus Contingent 5:30pm

http://www.sfcriticalmass.org/
Justin Herman Plaza (foot of Market Street)

Sunday September 30th
Radical Mental Health Skillshare 12-5pm
The Holdout

2313 San Pablo Ave, Oakland CA
The Icarus Project is a network of radical support groups, an arts and media project, and a creative activist platform for re-visioning the language and culture around ideas of mental health and illness. Come join us: http://theicarusproject.net

For more information, reach out and touch us: anniversary@theicarusproject.net

Also the website's a great place to start: http://theicarusproject.net

Posted by Sascha Altman DuBrul on Sep. 11, 2012 @ 11:55 pm

Although I am a believer in civil liberties I believe that untreated mental illness has caused many to lose the power and/or motivation to demand/desire these for themselves. Too man of our nations homeless citizens are stuck in a revolving door of homelessness and jail. Why? A Large majority of them are mentally ill and untreated.

I believe that those who are mentally unable to make decisions for themselves as to treatment should have the right at a chance of being a functioning self decision making citizen again. In these situations where one is unable to make decisions or are a threat to themselves or others mandated treatment is not only called for but is in the interests of the liberty of the individual to be whole again.

Posted by gerald bouthner on May. 22, 2013 @ 11:32 pm

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