Mental Health Support Group


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Mental Health Support Group

May 3 @ 5:00 PM 6:30 PM

This is a support group for folx who identify as Mad* or disabled* and their allies. It is a safe and supportive community space to address mental health concerns during the Covid crisis through discussion and creative activities.

All meetings take place on Zoom via video or phone. You can register to attend here.

Auto-generated captions provided; ASL by request.

If you have questions or wish to request additional accommodations, please contact Meghann O’Leary at

*Mad is a reclaimed term used by consumers (people who utilize psychiatric services), psychiatric survivors, ex-patients, and/or people who identify as having a psychiatric disability or mental illness. People who do not identify with this community should use caution when using this term as it does have negative connotations.

*Disabled is often used by people with disabilities, as opposed to person first language. This is to acknowledge that having a disability is crucial to many people’s understanding of their identity. This is not to suggest that choosing to use person first language is wrong, or bad, in some way, just to emphasize that there is not one correct way for people to define themselves. It is always best to let the person with a disability, or disabled person, choose the language they prefer.

About the Facilitators

Meghann (she/her) is a mad activist, teacher, and scholar. She holds a PhD in Disability Studies. She wears many hats as a teacher, supervisor, writer, editor, dog sitter, and personal care attendant.

Anna (she/her) is a graduate student at SAIC studying art therapy and counseling. Recently, she’s been spending a lot of time reading, making art, and walking her two dogs. She currently lives in her hometown, St. Louis.

Taylor (she/her or they/them) is a queer multidisciplinary artist studying art therapy and counseling at SAIC. Currently located in New Haven, CT, she enjoys cooking, making art, and watching TV with her grandma.

This support group is brought to you by the Disability Culture Activism Lab (DCAL), a joint project of Access Living and the Department of Art Therapy and Counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Disability Culture Activism Lab (DCAL) is housed under the Department of Art Therapy and Counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. DCAL is a platform for creative advocacy projects and disability allyship training. In partnership with Access Living’s Arts & Culture Project, DCAL provides teaching and hands-on learning through disability justice — a framework that examines disability in connection to other forms of oppressions and identities. Using a peer support and collective care model, disability community members and art therapy graduate students collaborate as disability culture makers for social change.