Harm reduction — A methodology and practice of centering the user (of often drugs, but any kind of addiction or harmful behavior) at the center of their care and/or healthcare around their usage. “What we describe below is not so much the techniques of self-governance, but how harm reduction operates to reconfigure those who use drugs as health conscious citizens, capable of rational actions and self-regulation.” (Margaret Pereira & John Scott)
Asylum Center was founded by Rachel Davis. They started exploring and tinkering with plant medicine in 2015. Now they are transforming their skills and resources into this more formal enterprise—in the hopes of connecting herbs, ideas, and action, with you.
Taking political action together is a necessary means of survival; taking care of each other is a political practice. Further: how are we supposed to be fit to fight for and with each other when many of us are withheld by our mental or physical conditions? It must be that there is a plurality of places and ways to defy and intervene against the antagonist (sometimes yourself). Asylum Center hopes to be one of the many resources providing strength and healing during this hurting time.
Focuses: Queer & Trans health, Health Autonomy, Harm Reduction & Addiction, Mental Health, Trauma, psychotherapy modalities (not as a practitioner)
Davis holding a bundle of Blue Vervain ashore Lake Ovid in Sleepy Hollow State Park. Credit: D. Tarr.
Health Autonomy — De-professionalization of the healthcare field, a shift in power dynamics between the practitioner and the patient. Both personal and political modes of viewing and practicing healthcare. Centering the subject as their own best doctor/healer/knower of their symptoms and body. Additionally can be understood as the dissemination and accessibility of medical knowledge
Sub-categories: Queer & trans health autonomy, mental health autonomy
Mad Pride —A mass movement, led by those deemed mentally unfit for society — i.e. insane, mad, crazy — to unashamedly be their authentic selves. This often does can, but does not necessitate an overlap with anti-psychiatry. “Mad Studies can be defined in general terms as a project of inquiry, knowledge production, and political action devoted to the critique and transcendence of psy-centred ways of thinking, behaving, relating, and being” (LeFrançois, Menzies and Reaume, Mad matters)