Sera Davidow is the Executive Director of the Wildflower Alliance (formerly the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community), a program that creates conditions that support healing and growth for individuals and the community as a whole through learning opportunities, advocacy, peer-to-peer support, and the development of regional and national networks. A grassroots peer support, advocacy, and training organization based in Western Massachusetts, Wildflower Alliance focuses on harm reduction and human rights and is actively engaged in local, national and international organizing and training work. Sera is a founding member of Hearing Voices USA. She serves on the Massachusetts Disability Law Center (DLC) Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Council Against Institutional & Psychiatric Abuse (CAIPA), the advisory council for the DLC's PAIMI ("Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness") program. At present, she focuses much of her time on grant writing, oversight and project development. Through this work, she has gained a range of experiences, including starting up Afiya, a peer respite recognized by the World Health Organization as one of about two dozen exemplary, rights-based programs operating across the world, opening resource centers, and producing educational materials (including co-authoring handbooks on peer respites and developing peer roles). She has also developed a passion for filmmaking, beginning with ‘Beyond the Medical Model’ in 2013.
Tangible Intangibles (Sera Davidow's column for Mad in America)
An Open Mind: Sera Davidow Questions What We Think We Know About Mental Illness, The Sun Interview, Sun Magazine, April 2017
Trusting People as Experts of Themselves: Sera Davidow on the Wildflower Peer Support Line and the founding principles of not tracing calls or contacting police without consent, MIA interview, March 30, 2022
Beyond the Medical Model, a film by Western Mass Recovery Learning Community