We’re happy to bring to you Mad Maps: 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. Drawing from the input of hundreds of members of the Icarus Project community, this guide (the first of four), examines the intersections of oppression with mental health struggles and will take you step by step through the process of creating your own wellness documents. If you’re downloading, please share your thoughts with us via this form to help us better understand the needs this guide is meeting.
The Icarus Project and Freedom Center’s 52-page illustrated guide gathers the best information we’ve come across and the most valuable lessons we’ve learned about reducing and coming off psychiatric medication. Based in more than 10 years work in the peer support movement, this Guide is used internationally by individuals, families, professionals, and organizations, and is available a growing number of translations. Includes info on mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, risks, benefits, wellness tools, psychiatric drug withdrawal, information for people staying on their medications, detailed Resource section, and much more. A ‘harm reduction’ approach means not being pro- or anti- medication, but supporting people where they are at to make their own decisions, balancing the risks and benefits involved. Written by Will Hall, with a 55-member health professional Advisory Board providing research assistance and more than 50 collaborators involved in developing and editing. The guide has photographs and art throughout, and a beautiful original cover painting by Jacks McNamara.
Now in a revised and expanded Second Edition. Note: the guide is Creative Commons copyright and you have advance permission to link, copy, print, and distribute for non-commercial purposes, as long as you don’t alter it and you credit the source.
You can download and read the guide in English, find printer downloadable versions, an audiobook, and information about where to purchase the book here.
The Harm Reduction Guide is available in the following languages, some also with printer versions:
- Spanish – Castellano/Espanol (printer version)
- German – Verfügbar Deutsch (printer version)
- Greek – Ελληνική
- Bosnian – Bosanskom
- Croatian – Hrvatski (printer version)
- Japanese – 日本で利用可能 (printer version)
- Italian – Italiano (printer version)
- French – Français (printer version)
- Norwegian – Norsk
- Czech – Čeština
This four-page handout was edited by Clarextina and Will and Icarus member contributors, drawing from material in Navigating the Space, and turned into a beautiful design by Clarextina. It presents key things to think about when you are dealing with mental health crisis.