Who We Are

We are a support network, advocacy organization and media project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness.

Reclaiming History

What do Martin Luther King, Nina Simone, Issac Newton, Virgina Woolf, Pablo Picasso, Sigmund Freud, and Abraham Lincoln have in common? They are all one of us. The history of brilliance in madness is our history.

Reappropriating Language

We are not a diagnosis or a social affliction. We embrace the term “madness” because it connects us to our art, our history and each other.


We hold regular events, workshops and celebrations. We have an active twitter account and an online community at Facebook.
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@NYCIcarus Twitter

Developing the People's DSM

NYC Icarus Presents: Nikomeh Anderson and the Free Arts Festival


Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Bluestockings Books

172 Allen Street

New York, NY

Friends Make the Best Medicine

We've outlined a bunch of ideas to help you gather people together to start exploring all the brilliance and confusion we hold inside. We hope these suggesti...

Mindful Occupation

There is an urgent need to talk publicly about the relationship between social injustice and our mental health. We need to start redefining what it actually ...

Bluestockings Bookstore & Activist Center

Bluestockings is a 100% volunteer-powered and collectively-owned bookstore, fair trade cafe, and activist center in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Bluesto...


Every day

11:00 am – 11:00 pm



172 Allen Street

New York, New York 10002