Recovery - the process of coping with and/or overcoming
life obstacles like trauma, stress, depression, anxiety and other
extreme emotional and mental states.
Learning - because we human beings are constantly encountering
new facts about ourselves, each other and our environments.
Community - a group of people with unique lived experiences,
coming together to support one another as we learn and recover.
In short, we are peers. We've been there, or at least someplace
similar, and we're here to help each other out.
The RLC holds meetings in locations all throughout Central Massachusetts,
in hospitals, community centers, book stores, churches--any place
that has opened its space for use of the community.
Our physical home, the Kiva Center, also hosts numerous meetings
throughout the week. Click our Calendar
to learn more about what meetings are available, when.
209 Shrewsbury St, Worcester MA 01604
Bus Route 15, across from East Park
How It Happens
are frequently straight-up Peer Support: people coming together
to discuss experiences, challenges, symptoms or whatever else
comes to mind. Other meetings approach recovery through other
channels, helping peers with any aspect of life from Aromatherapy
to Zen. Examples include Computer Literacy, Creative Writing,
Yoga and more.
These meetings help peers with extreme emotional/mental experiences
on many levels. They give us a reason to get out of bed when we’re
having a hard time doing so, and a place to go when we need one.
They ground us in the “here and now” and give us new
ways with which to express ourselves by engaging us in creative
activities (drumming, writing, knitting, etc). Most importantly,
they provide a network of emotional support, simply by bringing
All RLC Meetings abide by the Comfort
Why Peer Support
It helps us.
At the Central Mass RLC, we believe in every person’s right
to mental health and ability to achieve it. The path to wellness
can be a difficult journey, but the way is always easier when
we walk together, or when guided by someone who has walked the
path before. Everyone has a unique set of challenges, but with
Peer Support, we find out that we are not alone. Others have overcome
the same or similar problems before, and we all have the strength
find our ways through.
It teaches us to help each other.
We believe that relationships are at the center of what heals
people who have experienced mental/emotional health challenges.
When we share our experiences and our stories, we also share our
wisdom and strength, uniting us as a community and guiding us
It improves the Greater Community.
When we human beings are well, we can take care of ourselves,
each other and the world around us. With Peer Support, a person
can learn to cope with his or her challenges and live the way
he or she deserves to live, which can, for example, include holding
down a job and contributing to the health of the economy.