What’s Happening

Here you will find a list of ongoing activities you can sign up to join, take, or share with others who have an interest in a particular topic area. (Listed Alphabetically.) 

Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) Academy – Located in New York City offers a wide range of classes for working with those who are justice involved.

David’s Refuge – Our mission is to provide respite, resources and support to parents and guardians of children with special needs or life threatening medical conditions where they will be refreshed, restored and renewed in their role as caregivers.

Delaware County Warmline: peer run operators with live experience. Created as a pre-crisis intervention. Need to talk, get resources or wellness checks…the warm line is here.
(844)-865-3156 | 5:00 – 8:00 PM | Tues, Wednesday, Thursday

ForLikeMinds – ForLikeMinds is a free social media platform dedicated to the recovery and wellness of people living with or supporting someone with mental illness, substance use, or a stressful life event. We empower members to connect and engage in relatable micro-communities of people with similar backgrounds and experiences. This journey starts with hope and is nourished by the support of like minds sharing their lived experience. For a guide to getting the most out of this innovative discussion platform, click here

Friendship Bench This is a program that started as part of ThriveNYC and since its founding two years ago, the peers have talked to some 50,000 people and given light counseling and help in navigating city resources to about 9,000.   For a New York Times article about this innovative program, click here

Hands Across Long Island (HALI) – provides a FREE 12-week Food Farmacy program and FREE Peer groups at your facility. For more, click here

Healing Connections is a peer-led support group in both live and online formats. The in-person groups are held every Thursday, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Association for Mental Health and Wellness, 939 Johnson Ave, Ronkonkoma (Long Island).  The online peer support groups are held on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  To learn more, click here. 

Institute for the Development of Human Arts (IDHA) Grassroots activists meet clinical innovators. New York City based group that offers monthly classes and networking groups, and now are also offering online learning. Their first online course is the History of the MAD Movement and Alternatives to Biomedical Approaches. For more, click here.
For a look at past issues of their newsletter, click here. 

Live & Learn – Reclaiming Employment. Phase I was a Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) grant to support the development of a working prototype of Reclaiming Employment that is now freely available to the public.  In Phase II, Live & Learn will continue to develop the Reclaiming Employment platform and develop a commercialization plan to improve overall access to tools for individuals with psychiatric histories start and run a business enterprise. For the latest newsletter and a video celebrating the success of phase 1, click here.

Live for Today – Support Group for Adults with Thoughts of Suicide at MHA (Kingston, NY). Tuesdays from 5-6 pm. Starts August 6. For a flyer and more information, click here. 

Madness Network News was the quarterly newsletter of the mental patients’ liberation movement in the United States, advocating for human dignity, self-expression, and civil rights of people diagnosed with and labeled as mentally ill. The complete set of volumes 1-8 are available for $100 (at cost) plus $15 shipping. To learn more about this initiative, click here. To place an order, email David Gonzales at madnessnetworknews@gmail.com.

NAMI Homefront is a free, online 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class connects people around the country and helps families understand what the service member/ veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life transition, and mental health conditions. Check the NAMI site for upcoming online classes at www.nami.org. 

National Peer Specialist Registry – This registry is an opportunity for you to connect with other peer specialists or recovery coaches in your area, around your country or throughout the world.  It is also a way in which you can display your life work so that employers can seek you out if desired.  We know that a peer support workforce that is connected will have opportunities to learn and grow with fellow peer specialists.  We are stronger together!

New York City Peer Workforce Coalition– Since its founding in 2014, The NYC Peer Workforce Coalition has been committed to being THE place peers working in mental health and substance use disorder fields can connect with to discuss issues that peers can relate to and together, coming up with practical solutions for the benefit of all people. The organization is made up OF peers and is FOR peers.

NYAPRS Funding Appeal – Systems advocacy is important and it is also expensive to bring advocates together. This appeal letter describes the benefits of making a contribution to ensure the voice of the advocates is heard on an annual basis in Albany. 

Recovery College – Located in Calgary, Alberta – this is a great example of people with lived experience coming together to learn with and from each other.

Speaking to the Heart – Podcast. Each show in our line-up aims to restore purpose and passion to those who need it most No matter the illness, no matter the pain, the Speaking to the Heart Podcast Network is dedicated to inspire You to live life fully again. From Our Heart to Yours, Let’s make a difference together!

Stand Up for Mental Health What’s So Funny About Mental Health? As far as counselor and stand-up comic DAVID GRANIRER is concerned, everything! David who himself has depression founded the award-winning program STAND UP FOR MENTAL HEALTH where he teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental health issues as a way of building confidence and fighting stigma. 

Wisdom Within – Podcast Encouraging mental health awareness, self-advocacy, recovery and HOPE for all those living with mental health conditions, and everyone who cares about them.


Send articles or announcements for this page to academy.virtual.community@gmail.com.