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A zine is a homemade magazine.  Zines are a DIY way to spread ideas, art, and beauty.  Las Vegas Radical Mental Health Collective has a new zine, two years in the making.  Featuring beautiful art and writing about community building, what radical mental health is and isn’t, our collective, other-care, the Las Vegas Street Medics, and a few poems, it’s a $2 donation, all funds to recoup printing costs then support the work of the collective.  Please get in touch if you would like to trade!

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justice for Jonas

Our friend and collective member Jonas was attacked and arrested by North Las Vegas cops just before Easter in an act of racism and unprovoked violence.  Please consider visiting his Go Fund Me to read about what happened in his own words and contribute or share.

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https://www.gofundme.com/twz5p-help-needed-with-legal-fees

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safer space policy

We decided to have a safer space policy for respectfulness and beneficial behavior.  So we found an example and changed things to suit our collective.  Then we read it together, and more changes were suggested, then made.  Please read it and make sure you agree.

Las Vegas Radical Mental Health Collective–Safer Space Policy

LVRMHC strives to be an accessible and safer space for all attendees, organizers, and volunteers and for everyone to feel comfortable and safe regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, physicalities, disabilities, and marital status.

LVRMHC participants agree to maintain a safer space by following these guidelines:

– Respect physical and emotional boundaries

– Respect differing opinions, beliefs, and perspectives

– Always get explicit consent before physically touching another person, taking their photo, or crossing other personal boundaries

– Be aware that the original intent of your actions and words is not always how they will be received, and respect those you are engaging. Be willing to adjust your behavior to promote a safer space.

– Please have openness to dialog.  It’s okay to make an honest mistake, but not to insist and create a persistent problem.

The following actions will not be tolerated:

– Racism, sexism, ableism, classism, transphobia, homophobia, religious intolerance, ageism, sizeism, shame or negative judgment based on physical appearance, and all other forms of discrimination

– Theft of money and property

– Physical, verbal, mental, or other forms of abuse

– Sexual harassment, inappropriate/unwelcome comments or behavior

– Disruptive or disrespectful behavior

– Causing a participant  to feel unsafe

– Misgendering will not be tolerated. No one should be questioned for what bathroom they are entering, using the facilities in, or exiting.

If you don’t follow these rules, you can be asked to leave.

Should you find a participant’s behaviors oppressive or in violation of the safer space guidelines, LVRMHC organizers encourage and invite you to reach out to us. We will respect the needs of any person voicing concern about problematic behaviors and address it with all parties involved.

LVRMHC supports survivors and is willing to make special provisions before or during events for any individuals wishing to do so.

Should an issue arise between participants before or during any of our events, LVRMHC organizers will be available to address the needs of any individuals and help mediate any situation that comes up as part of our safer space guidelines.

If you have any feedback, requests, or ideas to make our events or safer space policy even safer, please reach out.

 

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film: Son of Macista

I met some filmmakers–we meet so many filmmakers and journalists, here.  it’s to the point where I usually don’t talk to them anymore–I get Ming to do it.  

but these ones were extra nice.  we were at the Goddess Temple, having lunch at the pavilion, and somehow I think Emile told me he had a film I should see?  

it was about an episode that was called bipolar.  his dad helped him get better, and this beautiful film is about that.

it made me cry because I wished my dad could have loved me like that, when I needed help.  or any time. can family make the best medicine? can love help us be well?

https://vimeo.com/17871752

I hope you get the chance to watch it because it’s not very long but very moving.  I could really relate to the description of paranoia–strange how terrifying gadgets can be.

also I could relate to the tension between wanting to be cared for and needing support, while at the same time needing to be recognized as an adult.  and the fact of the parent’s mortality. and wanting to make art about our mental health experiences.

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trying

Hi, it’s me, Laura-Marie.  Today Ming and I were at the weekly peace vigil at the federal building, here in Las Vegas, and some visitors were there to join us.  A sweet lady from Fallon, Nevada had come to vigil with us with her friend who lived here long ago.

Sweet Lady wanted to know what Ming and I do, so we talked about the different groups we help run.  We do Nevada Desert Experience and Las Vegas Catholic Worker (though we are not Catholic) as well as Las Vegas Street Medics.  And we’re on the council of the Goddess Temple out at Cactus Springs.  Oh, and we do political prisoner letter writing night too.  We’re busy!

I was telling Sweet Lady how our Radical Mental Health Collective has been meeting for more than a year and we support one another and want a soteria house.  She seemed glad and enthusiastic about it.

I always think how you never know what conversation with who will set off what result!  So I talk openly about what we do and spread ideas of what we believe in hopes that I’m planting good seeds.  Or will make a nice spark.

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happy birthday, LVRMHC!

As Las Vegas Radical Mental Health Collective nears its birthday in May, I’m filled with gratefulness for all the support and care we have found. Thank you to everyone who’s attended a meeting, shared a post, made a flier, told a friend, brought someone to a meeting, brought food or drink, donated anything… I’ve seen so many radical mental health collectives flounder. It’s a hard thing to create. But we have been so fortunate. So thank you for making us fortunate. And see you next week!

https://www.facebook.com/events/162407064400528/

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invite

Las Vegas Radical Mental Health Collective meets two or three times a month.  In this time of pandemic, we meet over zoom.  Our support meetings follow a specific format, and not talking (passing) is always an option.  All adults who agree to our safer spaces policy are welcome.  Please join us! 

We also have art workshops, and other projects are in the works.  In the past, we’ve done dance, journalling, and rock workshops.  Sometimes we partner with the Las Vegas Street Medics.

Please check our facebook page for up-to-date information or send us an email.

https://www.facebook.com/lasvegasradicalmentalhealthcollective/

lasvegasradicalmenatlhealth at gmail

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gmorning

Las Vegas Radical Mental Health Collective was formed in May of 2017.  A good handful of us keep it going.  I’m Laura-Marie and feel proud of what we’ve done.  We want to support one another and form community.  We want meetings.  We want a soteria house.

A soteria house is an alternative to mainstream psychiatry where people are treated with dignity in a homey environment.  With chickens, a garden, massage, good food, better company.

Please support us, join us.

Radical mental health is for everyone. DIY, other-care, true love.

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