Mutual support is the practice of equitably providing for one another and for ourselves the means of survival and liberation. The Hive’s mission is to create spaces and foster social networks in which participants can care for each other and meet our own and each other’s needs. Participants recognize and oppose the institutional violence perpetrated by state agencies, law enforcement, psychiatric and healthcare facilities, and social services and seek to create alternatives as well as promoting the conditions that bypass the necessity for these systems.
The Hive’s model for mutual support is grassroots, community based, local, and non-hierarchical. Participants envision a community with the capacity to meet all its members’ material and emotional needs while respecting individual autonomy. Because this organizing is being done mostly by psychiatric survivors who see a particular need for this type of work, the Hive strongly centers opposition/abolition of medical force and dogma in its programs and values.