Doctors Gave Her Antipsychotics. She Decided to Live With Her Voices.

Caroline Mazel-Carlton. Credit...Danna Singer for The New York Times By Daniel Bergner May 17, 2022 New York Times [...] Around that time, in the late 2000s, when Mazel-Carlton was in her mid-20s, a new position arose in mental health: peer-support specialist, someone with what’s known as lived experience who works alongside practitioners. The [...]

Baystate Health awards $1M to five community initiatives

Published: Apr. 14, 2022, 9:07 a.m. By Ray Kelly SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Health has awarded $1 million in Better Together Grants to five community initiatives with partner organizations as part of its Community Benefits Program. “Baystate Health is proud to invest our Determination of Need Community Health Initiative funding in the communities served by our four [...]

It’s Not Just Britney

The Cut By Sandy Allen | July 2, 2021 [...] The day after Britney’s statement to an L.A. court last week, one heard around the world, I called up a psychiatric-survivor activist I’ve gotten to know, Caroline Mazel-Carlton. Mazel-Carlton, who’s also a rabbi-in-training, works for an organization that is revolutionizing mental-health care in western Massachusetts (and [...]

Isolation and opioids during the pandemic

By Mattea Kramer Published September 27, 2020 2:17AM (UTC) This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. ...Back in March, one of the first recommendations for reducing the transmission of the coronavirus was, of course, to stay home — but not everyone has a home, and when businesses, restaurants, libraries, and other public spaces locked their doors, [...]

Recovery Learning Community holding open house at new location today

Western Mass Recovery Learning Community on Chapman Street in Greenfield. December 20, 2017 By JOSHUA SOLOMON Recorder Staff Tuesday, June 19, 2018 GREENFIELD — The days of getting mixed up with its neighbors on Federal Street are now past them and instead the Recovery Learning Community at 20 Chapman St. is now finally [...]

Recovery Learning Center moves to new home on Chapman St.

Western Mass Recovery Learning Community on Chapman Street in Greenfield. Photo by Recorder Staff/Paul Franz By JOSHUA SOLOMON Recorder Staff Wednesday, December 20, 2017 GREENFIELD — The old space was embattled. The old space flooded. The old space had mold issues. The old space was too narrow. The old space was somewhat removed [...]

How we’re missing the real story on mental health in Massachusetts

BOSTON GLOBE -AUGUST 12, 2016 OPINION | By Sera Davidow THE AVERAGE citizen has now heard (multiple times) the story of people with psychiatric diagnoses who are slipping through the state’s cracks, how their families are desperate but lack resources, and how the mental health system is failing us all. Yet there are two related stories [...]

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