Making Sense of Being Crazy in a Crazy World: A Community Poll


Hey Mad in America Community! Happy New Year! I want to share an exciting project with you that’s going on at The Icarus Project.

For many years, members of The Icarus project have been imagining maps and roads and labyrinths that would lead us in our journey and ground us in the moment. These have been called “wellness maps” or “mad maps” – reminder documents we create for ourselves and the people around us about our wellness goals, warning signs, strategies for health and who we trust to look out for our best interests when we’re not at our best. Originally inspired by the idea of Advanced Directives (legal documents to share with doctors and friends in the event of being hospitalized), mad maps evolved to work as more informal, personal tools for self-care and peer-based support. By identifying our own needs and signs of struggle, we can better understand them and share them with others. As I’ve been saying for years, “The act of figuring out what it means personally to be healthy is about learning to leave a trail back to how we want to be. The clearer we articulate it, the easier it is to get back there.”

However, a method for crafting such a map has yet to be clearly articulated in a comprehensive guide. That is the goal of this mad maps project – to create a resource guide and an interactive tool designed to make mapping easy and accessible to all. And you can help! The mad maps working group will be producing a series of polls to gather feedback and ideas from people who have made their own map or would like to. The more responses we get, the more useful the guide will be. Please get involved!

Making Sense of Being Crazy in a Crazy World: A Community Poll

Submitted by Icarus Project : PLEASE FILL IT OUT! It’s quick and fun!

The intersection between madness and oppression is explored here in our latest poll gathering feedback and ideas for the creation of our upcoming Mad Mapping Guide. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts and experiences — the more diverse the responses we get, the more useful the guide will be!

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