Monday
Nov242014

The Key Update, Volume 11, Number 4 - October 2014

SAMHSA to Host Listening Session about the National Technical Assistance Centers

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is holding a 90-minute “Listening Session” on Dec. 4, 2014, at 2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, noon MT, 11 a.m. PT. “SAMHSA is preparing to issue a new Request For Applications (RFA) based on funding availability for the National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers (TACs) and is seeking input and feedback about the best strategies to meet the needs of consumers. The Listening Session will be held via conference call and interested parties can participate by using the following dial-in number: 1-800-857-9830; passcode: 8546198. We look forward to your input!”

 

Website Provides Reporters with Information – and You Can Be a Source

Help a Reporter Out (www.helpareporter.com) is a website reportedly used by thousands of journalists nationally to query members about a broad range of topics, including mental health and substance use issues. According to the website, “From The New York Times, to ABC News, to HuffingtonPost.com and everyone in between, nearly 30,000 members of the media have quoted HARO sources in their stories.” You can sign up to share your expertise for free by clicking here.

(Thanks to Ron Manderscheid and Leah Harris)

 

First Fridays with BRSS TACS: “Supervision Strategies for Peer Recovery Support Providers”

On Nov. 7, BRSS TACS (Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy) will host its next “First Friday” event, “an opportunity for participants to meet with national recognized leaders to discuss specific topics each month.” The November topic is “Supervision Strategies for Peer Recovery Support Providers” and the experts are Beverly Haberle, MHS, LPC, CAADC, executive director of The Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Tanya Stevens, director of peer services of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services. The event takes place at noon ET, 11 a.m. CT, 10 a.m. MT, 9 a.m. PT. Participants join by calling the phone number provided and entering the “Adobe Connect Room” online by clicking the link provided. “Please ensure that you have downloaded Adobe Connect on your computer prior to the event.” For more information, click here. To register, click here.

 

National Overview of Peer Specialist Training and Certification Programs Is Available

The Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health has compiled a 2014 update of the “Peer Specialist Training and Certification Programs” around the U.S. The 109-page report is available for free download by clicking here.

 

SAMHSA Offers a New Trauma Manual

SAMHSA’s new manual on trauma – “Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach” – “introduces a concept of trauma and offers a framework for how an organization, system, [and] service sector can become trauma-informed,” SAMHSA writes. “It includes a definition of trauma (the three ‘E’s’), a definition of a trauma-informed approach (the four ‘R’s’), six key principles, and 10 implementation domains.” To download a free copy, click here.

 

National Council Seeks Nominations for 2015 Awards of Excellence

The National Council Awards of Excellence — comprising the Inspiring Hope, Advocacy Leadership, and Impact awards – honor the achievements of individuals with mental illnesses and addictions; the clinicians and treatment teams that care for them; the advocates and leaders who tell their stories to educate and encourage community support; and the organizations that promote excellence and build healthy communities. We offer 17 different categories in which you can nominate yourself or an individual or organization you think deserves recognition in the fight against mental illnesses and addictions.” To apply, click here. For more information about how to apply, click hereThe deadline for nominations is November 19, 2014.

 

PRA Issues Call for Presentations for 2015 Recovery Workforce Summit

You are invited to submit a proposal to make a presentation at the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) 2015 Recovery Workforce Summit, to be held June 1-4, 2015, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The deadline for submissions is November 14, 2014. Something new: Submit a proposal for an “Ignite” session – a five-minute presentation, accompanied by slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds, that focuses on empowerment, choice, and/or freedom. For more information or to submit a presentation proposal,click here. For information about Ignite, click here and scroll down to “Submission Types”; “Ignite” is the second subhead. Questions? Contact info@psychrehabassociation.org or 703-442-2078.

 

SAMHSA’s 2015-2018 Strategic Plan Is Available for Free Download

SAMHSA’s strategic plan, Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation 2015-2018 (Leading Change 2.0), “outlines six key Strategic Initiatives that SAMHSA will employ to meet new and existing goals, deliver on its mission, and realize its vision moving forward.” These Strategic Initiatives include Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, Health Care and Health Systems Integration, Trauma and Justice, Recovery Support, Health Information Technology, and Workforce Development. To download a free copy of Leading Change 2.0, click here.

 

Free Videos and DVD of Stand Up For Mental Health: “Comics Creating Recovery One Laugh at a Time!” 

Stand Up for Mental Health (SMH) is offering free videos and a DVD! SMH writes: “Founded by award-winning counselor and stand-up comic David Granirer, who himself has depression, Stand Up for Mental Health (SMH) teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental health conditions as a way of building confidence and fighting public stigma. Click here to watch dozens of SMH comics David has trained find the funny side of their recovery journeys. SMH, which was profiled in USA Today (click here and scroll down to Chapter 4) is also featured in the VOICE Award-winning documentary ‘Cracking Up.’” To watch a short clip of the documentary, click here. To get a free, full-length copy of the DVD, email david@standupformentalhealth.com.

 

Bazelon Center Has Published Its Summer 2014 In Brief and 2013 Annual Report

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is offering its Summer 2014 In Brief and 2013 Annual Report for free download if you click here. “The Bazelon Center pursues a progressive mental health policy agenda (see Where We Stand and In Congress), particularly at the federal level, to reform systems and programs to protect the rights of children and adults with mental disabilities to lead lives with dignity in the community. Policy staff promote these goals in federal legislation and regulation, policy analysis and research, and technical assistance to state and local advocates.”

 

Suicides Rise Dramatically with Increasing Psychiatric Care

The more involvement people have with psychiatric care, the likelier it is that they will die by suicide, according to a Danish study. The study found that, compared to individuals who had had no psychiatric treatment in the previous year (and adjusting for other risk factors), people who take psychotropic medications are nearly six times more likely to die by suicide, and those who spent time in a psychiatric hospital in the previous year were more than 44 times more likely to die by suicide. According to an editorial about the study, its findings “raise the disturbing possibility that psychiatric care might, at least in part, cause suicide.” For more about the study, including links to the article in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, click here.

 

New Mobile App Helps People Understand Their Own and Others’ Moods

A new mobile app called “Moodies” helps users understand their own emotions and the emotions of those around them, according to Beyond Verbal, the app developer. According to a press release, the app extracts, decodes, and measures a full spectrum of human emotions from someone’s raw voice in real time as they speak, with the click of a button and about 20 seconds of speech. The app provides a running screen of results and allows users to share the resulting mood analysis through email or via social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. “Moodies offers everyone a chance to analyze their own emotions by simply clicking a button on their smart phone device,” said the company CEO. For more information, click here.

 

Next National Networking Teleconference Is November 17 at 1 p.m. ET

The next monthly national networking teleconference of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse will be on Monday, November 17, at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT. The call-in number is 866-906-0123; the pass code is 5037195#. The purpose of the calls is for peer movement activists from around the U.S. to get together, share information, and “network.” Join us! If you have a topic or topics you would like to see discussed on this call, please write to Susan Rogers srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Agenda” in the subject line. In addition, if you plan to participate, even if you don’t want to suggest an agenda item it would be helpful if you would email Susan Rogers at srogers@mhasp.org; this will make it easier to provide the participants with teleconference minutes. Thanks! If you would like a copy of any of the available minutes, please write to srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.

 

Consumer-Driven Services Directory

The Clearinghouse welcomes all programs in which consumers play a significant role in leadership and operation to apply for inclusion in its Directory of Consumer-Driven Services. The directory, accessible at http://www.cdsdirectory.org, is searchable by location, type of organization, and targeted clientele, and serves as a free resource for consumers, program administrators and researchers. Apply online at http://www.cdsdirectory.org/database/cds.php , via fax at 215-636-6312, or by phone at 800-553-4KEY (4539). To receive an application by mail, write toinfo@cdsdirectory.org or NMHCSH Clearinghouse, 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

 

About The Key Update

The Key Update is the free monthly e-newsletter of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. Volume 11, No. 4, October 2014, http://www.mhselfhelp.org. To subscribe, please send a message to: subscribe thekey. For content, reproduction or publication information, please contact Susan Rogers at 800-553-4539 x3812, 267-507-3812 (direct) orsrogers@mhasp.org.

Thursday
Oct302014

The Key Update, Volume 11, Number 4 - October 2013

SAMHSA to Host Listening Session about the National Technical Assistance Centers

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is holding a 90-minute “Listening Session” on Dec. 4, 2014, at 2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, noon MT, 11 a.m. PT. “SAMHSA is preparing to issue a new Request For Applications (RFA) based on funding availability for the National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers (TACs) and is seeking input and feedback about the best strategies to meet the needs of consumers. The Listening Session will be held via conference call and interested parties can participate by using the following dial-in number: 1-800-857-9830; passcode: 8546198. We look forward to your input!”

 

Website Provides Reporters with Information – and You Can Be a Source

Help a Reporter Out (www.helpareporter.com) is a website reportedly used by thousands of journalists nationally to query members about a broad range of topics, including mental health and substance use issues. According to the website, “From The New York Times, to ABC News, to HuffingtonPost.com and everyone in between, nearly 30,000 members of the media have quoted HARO sources in their stories.” You can sign up to share your expertise for free by clicking here.

(Thanks to Ron Manderscheid and Leah Harris)

 

First Fridays with BRSS TACS: “Supervision Strategies for Peer Recovery Support Providers”

On Nov. 7, BRSS TACS (Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy) will host its next “First Friday” event, “an opportunity for participants to meet with national recognized leaders to discuss specific topics each month.” The November topic is “Supervision Strategies for Peer Recovery Support Providers” and the experts are Beverly Haberle, MHS, LPC, CAADC, executive director of The Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Tanya Stevens, director of peer services of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services. The event takes place at noon ET, 11 a.m. CT, 10 a.m. MT, 9 a.m. PT. Participants join by calling the phone number provided and entering the “Adobe Connect Room” online by clicking the link provided. “Please ensure that you have downloaded Adobe Connect on your computer prior to the event.” For more information, click here. To register, click here.

 

National Overview of Peer Specialist Training and Certification Programs Is Available

The Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health has compiled a 2014 update of the “Peer Specialist Training and Certification Programs” around the U.S. The 109-page report is available for free download by clicking here.

 

SAMHSA Offers a New Trauma Manual

SAMHSA’s new manual on trauma – “Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach” – “introduces a concept of trauma and offers a framework for how an organization, system, [and] service sector can become trauma-informed,” SAMHSA writes. “It includes a definition of trauma (the three ‘E’s’), a definition of a trauma-informed approach (the four ‘R’s’), six key principles, and 10 implementation domains.” To download a free copy, click here.

 

National Council Seeks Nominations for 2015 Awards of Excellence

The National Council Awards of Excellence — comprising the Inspiring Hope, Advocacy Leadership, and Impact awards – honor the achievements of individuals with mental illnesses and addictions; the clinicians and treatment teams that care for them; the advocates and leaders who tell their stories to educate and encourage community support; and the organizations that promote excellence and build healthy communities. We offer 17 different categories in which you can nominate yourself or an individual or organization you think deserves recognition in the fight against mental illnesses and addictions.” To apply, click here. For more information about how to apply, click here. The deadline for nominations is November 19, 2014.

 

PRA Issues Call for Presentations for 2015 Recovery Workforce Summit

You are invited to submit a proposal to make a presentation at the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) 2015 Recovery Workforce Summit, to be held June 1-4, 2015, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The deadline for submissions is November 14, 2014. Something new: Submit a proposal for an “Ignite” session – a five-minute presentation, accompanied by slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds, that focuses on empowerment, choice, and/or freedom. For more information or to submit a presentation proposal, click here. For information about Ignite, click here and scroll down to “Submission Types”; “Ignite” is the second subhead. Questions? Contact info@psychrehabassociation.org or 703-442-2078.

 

SAMHSA’s 2015-2018 Strategic Plan Is Available for Free Download

SAMHSA’s strategic plan, Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation 2015-2018 (Leading Change 2.0), “outlines six key Strategic Initiatives that SAMHSA will employ to meet new and existing goals, deliver on its mission, and realize its vision moving forward.” These Strategic Initiatives include Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, Health Care and Health Systems Integration, Trauma and Justice, Recovery Support, Health Information Technology, and Workforce Development. To download a free copy of Leading Change 2.0, click here.

 

Free Videos and DVD of Stand Up For Mental Health: “Comics Creating Recovery One Laugh at a Time!” 

Stand Up for Mental Health (SMH) is offering free videos and a DVD! SMH writes: “Founded by award-winning counselor and stand-up comic David Granirer, who himself has depression, Stand Up for Mental Health (SMH) teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental health conditions as a way of building confidence and fighting public stigma. Click here to watch dozens of SMH comics David has trained find the funny side of their recovery journeys. SMH, which was profiled in USA Today (click here and scroll down to Chapter 4) is also featured in the VOICE Award-winning documentary ‘Cracking Up.’” To watch a short clip of the documentary, click here. To get a free, full-length copy of the DVD, email david@standupformentalhealth.com.

 

Bazelon Center Has Published Its Summer 2014 In Brief and 2013 Annual Report

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is offering its Summer 2014 In Brief and 2013 Annual Report for free download if you click here. “The Bazelon Center pursues a progressive mental health policy agenda (see Where We Stand and In Congress), particularly at the federal level, to reform systems and programs to protect the rights of children and adults with mental disabilities to lead lives with dignity in the community. Policy staff promote these goals in federal legislation and regulation, policy analysis and research, and technical assistance to state and local advocates.”

 

Suicides Rise Dramatically with Increasing Psychiatric Care

The more involvement people have with psychiatric care, the likelier it is that they will die by suicide, according to a Danish study. The study found that, compared to individuals who had had no psychiatric treatment in the previous year (and adjusting for other risk factors), people who take psychotropic medications are nearly six times more likely to die by suicide, and those who spent time in a psychiatric hospital in the previous year were more than 44 times more likely to die by suicide. According to an editorial about the study, its findings “raise the disturbing possibility that psychiatric care might, at least in part, cause suicide.” For more about the study, including links to the article in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, click here.

 

New Mobile App Helps People Understand Their Own and Others’ Moods

A new mobile app called “Moodies” helps users understand their own emotions and the emotions of those around them, according to Beyond Verbal, the app developer. According to a press release, the app extracts, decodes, and measures a full spectrum of human emotions from someone’s raw voice in real time as they speak, with the click of a button and about 20 seconds of speech. The app provides a running screen of results and allows users to share the resulting mood analysis through email or via social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. “Moodies offers everyone a chance to analyze their own emotions by simply clicking a button on their smart phone device,” said the company CEO. For more information, click here.

 

Next National Networking Teleconference Is November 17 at 1 p.m. ET

The next monthly national networking teleconference of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse will be on Monday, November 17, at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT. The call-in number is 866-906-0123; the pass code is 5037195#. The purpose of the calls is for peer movement activists from around the U.S. to get together, share information, and “network.” Join us! If you have a topic or topics you would like to see discussed on this call, please write to Susan Rogers srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Agenda” in the subject line. In addition, if you plan to participate, even if you don’t want to suggest an agenda item it would be helpful if you would email Susan Rogers at srogers@mhasp.org; this will make it easier to provide the participants with teleconference minutes. Thanks! If you would like a copy of any of the available minutes, please write to srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.

 

Consumer-Driven Services Directory

The Clearinghouse welcomes all programs in which consumers play a significant role in leadership and operation to apply for inclusion in its Directory of Consumer-Driven Services. The directory, accessible at http://www.cdsdirectory.org, is searchable by location, type of organization, and targeted clientele, and serves as a free resource for consumers, program administrators and researchers. Apply online at http://www.cdsdirectory.org/database/cds.php , via fax at 215-636-6312, or by phone at 800-553-4KEY (4539). To receive an application by mail, write to info@cdsdirectory.org or NMHCSH Clearinghouse, 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

 

About The Key Update

The Key Update is the free monthly e-newsletter of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. Volume 11, No. 4, October 2014, http://www.mhselfhelp.org. To subscribe, please send a message to: subscribe thekey. For content, reproduction or publication information, please contact Susan Rogers at 800-553-4539 x3812, 267-507-3812 (direct) or srogers@mhasp.org.

 

Thursday
Oct302014

The Key Update, Volume 11, Number 3 - September 2014

Alternatives 2014 Is an Approved Provider of CEUs!

$425 Registration Rate Extended Through October 9!

There are only 24 days left before Alternatives 2014, to be held at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida, October 22-26, 2014! Something new: Alternatives 2014 is now an approved provider of Continuing Education Credit (CEU) by the Florida Certification Board! CEUs can be earned by attending conference sessions; you will receive 1 CEU for every hour of a session you attend. In order to receive CEUs, complete and return the form at the Registration Desk. You must also receive a stamp for each session you attend. You will receive your CEU certificates of participation via e-mail after the conference. If you have questions about CEUs, please e-mail or call Erik Soto at esoto@mhasp.org or 267-507-3894. Also, the $425 registration rate has been extended through October 9! To register, click here. For the registration form in Spanish, click here. To book your hotel room, click here. Suggestions for seeking funding are available on the conference website if you click here. The deadline to sign up for an exhibit table has been extended while tables last. For the exhibitor application, click here. For more information about the conference, please visit the Alternatives 2014 website: http://alternatives2014.mhasp.org.

 

Pre-Conference Arts Event on Wednesday at Alternatives 2014!

There will be a special pre-conference arts event on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Creative Dialogue: Creating, Teaching and Celebrating – for all early bird attendees who are artistically inclined. It will take place in Caribbean III. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a variety of recovery-oriented creative expression activities, including painting, collaging, making music, and writing poetryFrom 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., participants will gather together in a circle to share their creative endeavors and talk about the importance of art as part of wellness, recovery and healing. Thanks to Bluebird, Sharon Wise, and Franzswa Watson for coordinating this event! 

 

Engage in Social Media at Alternatives 2014, Including a Pre-Conference Workshop on Twitter!

Be part of the conversation by sharing your Alternatives 2014 conference experience on Twitter and Facebook! You can Tweet quotes and highlights during sessions, and post photos and short videos! Post to Twitter with our hashtag #AltCon14. (All Tweets are the opinions of individuals and do not constitute endorsement or recommendation by SAMHSA.) And if you’re new to social media, you can learn to use Twitter by attending a pre-conference workshop on “Using Twitter to Learn, Share and Connect: Introductory Hands-On Orientation,” taught by Leah Harris and Tanya Naranjo! (Thanks, Leah and Tanya!) The session will take place in the Multicultural Room (Grand Sierra C) on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Here is the workshop description: “Do you want to use Twitter but find it intimidating to get started? What are hashtags and how are they used? What is ‘live Tweeting’ and how does one do that? In this hands-on introductory session, you will discover how to use Twitter to learn, share, and connect. Please plan to bring your smartphone, tablet, or laptop with the Twitter application downloaded, and an account created. To sign up with Twitter, click here.”

 

SAMHSA Offers a “New, Evidence-Based Recovery Tool”

“SAMHSA’s new, evidence-based recovery tool – Taking Action: A Mental Health Recovery Self-Help Educational Program – can help health care officials, providers, and peers promote recovery and wellness for individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders. Taking Action includes 24 training sessions educating individuals about self-help concepts, mental health management, and other effective ways of promoting ongoing recovery. It also helps individuals identify and attain their life and vocational goals, improve self-esteem, and become full contributing members of the community.” To obtain a copy of Taking Actionclick here

 

SAMHSA Report on Substance Use and Mental Health Conditions Is Released

According to a recently released report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older had used illegal drugs (mostly commonly marijuana) in the previous month – this is 9.4 percent of this age group. In addition, the report notes that 34.6 million adults aged 18 or older (14.6 percent of this population) had received mental health treatment or counseling in the previous 12 months. “Nearly one in five American adults (18.5 percent), or 43.8 million adults, had a mental illness in 2013,” according to the report. “Ten million adults (4.2 percent of the adult population) had a serious mental illness in the past year. Serious mental illness is defined as mental illness that resulted in serious functional impairment, which substantially interfered with, or limited, one or more major life activities.” The report is available by clicking here.

 

Website Offers Information about Free Webinars for Mental Health Professionals

The “Social Work Career Development” blog “helps social workers (and other mental health professionals) with their professional development.” “This site provides a variety of social work career resources such as: roundups of webinars and best in mental health posts from around the web, self-care, interviews with mental health professionals on different modalities/practices, key learnings from trainings, as well as LMSW licensing exam strategies, interviewing tips and more.” Although not all of the webinars will be of interest to those in the mental health arena, October 2014 webinar topics include “Providing Financial Planning, Coaching and Education to People with Disabilities, Part I” (Oct. 1), “WHAM: Feedback from Graduates, Research, and Billable Funding of Peer Program” (Oct. 6), “Supporting Homeless LGBTQ Youth Through Better Access to Care,” (Oct. 8), “Self-Compassion and Psychological Well-Being” (Oct. 9), “Is Bipolar Disorder an Energy Disorder? Evidence and Novel Treatments” (Oct. 14), and “Making Connections and Networking for a Coordinated Community Response” (Oct. 29). For information on more than three dozen webinars in October, click here.

 

First Fridays with BRSS TACS: “Health Information Technology Tools to Support Recovery”

On Oct. 3, BRSS TACS (Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy) will host its October “First Friday” event, “an opportunity for participants to meet with national recognized leaders to discuss specific topics each month.” The October topic is “Health Information Technology Tools to Support Recovery,” and the expert is Wayne Centrone, NMD, MPH, of the Center for Social Innovation. Participants join by calling the phone number provided and entering the “Adobe Connect Room” online by clicking the link provided. “Please ensure that you have downloaded Adobe Connect on your computer prior to the event.” For more information, click here. To register, click here.

 

Bazelon Offers Free Supported Employment Guide

The Bazelon Center has released Getting to Work: Promoting Employment of People with Mental Illness, a guide that details the benefits of helping individuals with mental health conditions find competitive employment via supported employment services. Bazelon writes: “Employment has been widely recognized as a fundamental part of recovery and of community integration for people with serious mental illness. Yet mental health systems have long operated under the mistaken assumption that people with serious mental illness cannot work….Getting to Work describes how supported employment services can change this, the successful outcomes they secure, the cost savings they produce for states, and how they enable states to fulfill their legal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It also offers recommendations to help states expand the availability of supported employment services for people with serious mental illness.” The full report is available for free download by clicking here.

 

National Dialogues on Behavioral Health Conference in New Orleans, Nov. 2-5                                 

 A national conference titled “Opportunities in Behavioral Health Crisis Services: What Is the New Frontier?” will take place at the Renaissance Arts Hotel in New Orleans Nov. 2-5, 2014. On Nov. 2, there will be a pre-conference workshop entitled “Implementing Trauma-Informed Approaches across Service Systems.” The conference organizers write: “What happens when a person experiences a behavioral health crisis? Unfortunately, inappropriate involvement with law enforcement and hospitalization is often the result. The question is: What should happen?” The conference will focus on “issues and models related to services for persons experiencing a behavioral health crisis.” The conference is co-sponsored by the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors and the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education. For more information and to register, click here.

 

Most Churches Do Not Address Congregants’ Mental Health Conditions

Protestant clergy rarely preach about mental health conditions to their congregations and only a quarter of congregations have a plan in place to help congregants deal with mental health challenges, according to a new LifeWay Research survey of a thousand Protestant pastors. Sixty-six percent of the respondents reported that they mention mental health once a year or never; 26 percent talk about it several times a year; 4 percent mention it once a month, and only 3 percent talk about it several times a month. Although 68 percent of pastors said that their church maintains a list of local mental health resources for congregants, only 28 percent of families are aware of such resources, the survey found. Ironically, nearly a quarter of pastors surveyed – 23 percent – said they had personally experienced a mental health challenge. For the LifeWay report, click here. For the article about the study, click here.

 

Some Video Games Could Help People Deal with Mental Health Issues, Researchers Say

Some new video games have been developed to help people who have mental health challenges. According to the developer of one such game, Personal Zen (a smartphone app), “We can train an anxious person to pay less attention to threat, to pay more attention to positive things in the game, and then that eventually transfers to how they look at and pay attention in the real world.” According to the developer’s research, the brain begins to process negative information differently after only 20 minutes of playing the game. Another game, Superbetter, is being studied by the federal government, according to a recent article on the website of the Chicago CBS affiliate. At the same time, at least one developer of such a video game has come under attack. According to a recent article in The New Yorker, Zoe Quinn, who developed the award-winning gameDepression Quest, has been the target of criticism and threats. But Quinn has gone ahead anyway. She told The New Yorker: “I can’t in good conscience hold back offering someone something that could help them start making real changes in their life for the sake of reducing the risk of offending people or hurting my own reputation.” To read The New Yorker story, click here.

 

National Conference Focused on Fighting Stigma to Take Place Feb. 18-20, 2015

The 7th International Together Against Stigma conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Feb. 18-20, 2015; there will be a pre-conference institute on Feb. 17. The theme of the conference is “Together Against Stigma: Each Mind Matters.” The conference is organized in partnership with the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, the California Mental Health Services Authority, the World Psychiatric Association Scientific Section on Stigma and Mental Health, and the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California. For more information, click here.

 

Senate Committee Approves Second Chance Reauthorization Act

On Sept. 18, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to reauthorize the Second Chance Act, which was designed to improve outcomes for people returning to communities after incarceration. This landmark legislation authorizes federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide support strategies and services designed to reduce recidivism by improving outcomes for people returning from prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities. A recent report highlighted eight states that had successfully reduced three-year recidivism rates for adults released in 2007 and 2010. The report is available for free download by clicking here. The Second Chance Reauthorization Act now goes to the full Senate for consideration. “Investing in reentry programs improves public safety and saves taxpayer dollars. It is also the right thing to do,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, a co-author of the bipartisan legislation, said in a prepared statement. “Many of the states represented on this Committee have benefitted from these programs and seen reductions in their recidivism rates. That is why it enjoys the support of law enforcement, the faith community, and members of both parties in the House and Senate.” For more information, click here.

 

No Monthly National Networking Teleconference in October; the Teleconferences Will Resume in November

The monthly national networking teleconferences of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-HelpClearinghouse alternate between daytime (on the third Monday of the month unless that is a holiday, in which case the call will take place on the fourth Monday of the month) and evening hours (on the third Tuesday of the month). There will not be a teleconference in October. The next teleconference will be on Monday, November 17, at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT. The call-in number is 866-906-0123; the pass code is 5037195#. The purpose of the calls is for peer movement activists from around the U.S. to get together, share information, and “network.” Join us! If you have a topic or topics you would like to see discussed on this call, please write to Susan Rogers srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Agenda” in the subject line. In addition, if you plan to participate, even if you don’t want to suggest an agenda item it would be helpful if you would email Susan Rogers at srogers@mhasp.org; this will make it easier to provide the participants with teleconference minutes. Thanks! If you would like a copy of any of the available minutes, please write to srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.

 

Consumer-Driven Services Directory

The Clearinghouse welcomes all programs in which consumers play a significant role in leadership and operation to apply for inclusion in its Directory of Consumer-Driven Services. The directory, accessible athttp://www.cdsdirectory.org, is searchable by location, type of organization, and targeted clientele, and serves as a free resource for consumers, program administrators and researchers. Apply online athttp://www.cdsdirectory.org/database/cds.php , via fax at 215-636-6312, or by phone at 800-553-4KEY (4539). To receive an application by mail, write to info@cdsdirectory.org or NMHCSH Clearinghouse, 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

 

About The Key Update

The Key Update is the free monthly e-newsletter of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. Volume 11, No. 3, September 2014, http://www.mhselfhelp.org. For content, reproduction or publication information, please contact Susan Rogers at 800-553-4539 x3812, 267-507-3812 (direct) orsrogers@mhasp.org.

 
Monday
Sep292014

The Key Update, Volume 11, Number 2 - August 2014

Countdown to Alternatives 2014! 54 Days Left!
 
There are only 54 days left before Alternatives 2014, to be held at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida, October 22-26, 2014! Something new: Lacy Kendrick Burk, executive director of Youth MOVE National, has just signed on to speak at the Saturday morning youth plenary. At age 15, Lacy and her five younger siblings were placed in foster care. Recipient of a 2014 SAMHSA Voice Award, Lacy overcame abuse, multiple mental health diagnoses, suicidal ideation, and trauma responses before finding her way to recovery. For information about other plenary session speakers, click here. For information about the virtual art exhibit and to submit your artwork, click here. To register, click here. For the registration form in Spanish, click here. To book your hotel room, click here. Suggestions for seeking funding are available on the conference website if you click here. For the SAMHSA scholarship application, click here; the deadline is Sept. 19. For the caucus application, click here. The deadline to sign up for an exhibit table is September 15: click here. For more information about the conference, please visit the Alternatives 2014 website: http://alternatives2014.mhasp.org.

 
Clearinghouse Webinar on Systems Advocacy to Be Held Sept. 23, 2014
 
A 90-minute webinar on systems advocacy, entitled “Everybody at the Table: Changing the System One Step at a Time,” will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. ET. The webinar, sponsored by the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss systems advocacy best practices, including what kinds of advocacy non-profits may engage in; how to identify key legislators at the city, state, and national levels; how to create relationships with policymakers, administrators, and their staffs; how to develop policy positions; how to create a grassroots action committee; and how to work in coalition with other groups. The presentation will use current advocacy campaigns as illustrations. The presenters are Elisha Coffey, MSW, program manager of the Involved Consumer Action Network (I CAN) at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP); and Adam Nester, MS, MHASP’s advocate for mental health systems and policy. Christa Burkett, Clearinghouse technical assistance coordinator, will moderate. For more information, click here. To register, click here.
 
 
Photography Collective Has Contributors from Around the World Who Have Behavioral Health Issues
 
The Broken Light Collective, an international group of photographers from 150 countries who have mental health conditions, was created by someone who found that photography eased her mental health symptoms. “It doesn’t matter how the photos come out,” Collective founder Danielle Hark told The New York Times (click here). “It’s a mindfulness process that brings me into my body. I’m not worrying about the past or the future, just looking through the lens.” The collective recently had its first live show, in New York City; the show, which can be viewed online (click here), ran through August 13.  
 
 
Applications Invited for Soros Justice Fellowships in Advocacy and Media
 
The Soros Justice Fellowships, a program of the Open Society Foundations (OSF), is inviting applications for fellowships of up to $110,250 in two categories: advocacy and media. The deadline is Oct. 22, 2014. The 18-month advocacy fellowships “support the efforts of outstanding individuals – including lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, activist academics, and others with important perspectives – to initiate innovative policy advocacy projects at the local, state, and national levels that will have a measurable impact on one or more of OSF's U.S. criminal justice priorities.” The 12-month media fellowships “support writers, print and broadcast journalists, bloggers, filmmakers, and other individuals with distinct voices who propose to complete a media project for local, regional, or national markets and that engages the public and spurs debate on one or more of OSF's U.S. criminal justice priorities.” Guidelines and instructions are on the Open Society Foundations website:click here.

 
CSG Justice Center Provides Toolkit to Help Individuals with Forensic Backgrounds Find Employment
 
The Reentry and Employment Toolkit, published by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, provides information, tools, and educational resources for policymakers, practitioners, employers and job seekers that can be used to foster the growth of innovative reentry and workforce development partnerships, as well as to understand related legal and policy related issues. Sections include “Developing an Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategy” and “Addressing Barriers to Employment for Individuals with Criminal Records.” To learn more about the toolkit, click here.


Webinar on Digital Health and the Underserved to Be Held Sept. 3

A one-hour webinar entitled “Digital Health and the Underserved: Emerging Opportunities” will be hosted by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) Inc. on Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. ET. “This CHCS webinar will highlight opportunities for digital health to positively impact vulnerable populations and provide examples of exciting new work being done in this area. Two leaders in the digital health field – StartUp Health and the Center for Care Innovations – will share insights on keys to success in this emerging field, with a focus on entrepreneurs, state policymakers, health care delivery systems, and payers. This webinar is the first in a two-part series, made possible through support from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit.” Part 2 – “Digital Health Technology in Action: Front-Line Perspectives” – will take place on Sept. 10 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. To register, click here.

Source: http://www.chcs.org/resource/digital-health-underserved-emerging-opportunities/


Advocates Launch a World Suicide Prevention Day Campaign to Publicize the Lifeline

Advocates are working with government officials to get public transportation systems – airplanes, trains, buses, ferries – to announce over their speakers the number for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255 – throughout the day on World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10. The advocates write, “You can save a life by asking your local transportation systems to make the following one-minute announcement over the speaker systems: Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and we're asking everyone to please pull out your cell phone. We're going to enter the Suicide Prevention Lifeline in our contact information. One in four people live with a mental health condition. This means that someone on this bus [or train, airplane or ferry], or someone you know, has probably had thoughts of suicide. We never know what another person is going through. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a number you can call if you have a friend, neighbor and co-worker who is really struggling and you are wondering how to be supportive. It's also a number you can call if you are ever in a crisis. Please enter this number into your cell phone. 1-800-273-8255. Once again, that number is 1-800-273-8255. You never know whose life you might save. It might even be your own. Thank you.” For more information, click here.

 
September Is National Recovery Month
 
In recognition of the 25th anniversary of National Recovery Month, SAMHSA has made available a variety of resources, which you can download by clicking here. These include a Media Outreach Toolkit (available by clicking here), and a number of links to other resources, including this one.

 
Two Webinars from the STAR Center Highlight Leadership and Self-Directed Care, Respectively
 
The STAR Center is offering two webinars in September. First, on Sept. 10, from 2 p.m. ET to 3:30 p.m. ET, comes the STAR Center Community of Practice on Collaborative Leadership, a webinar-based interview with Khatera Aslami-Templen, consumer empowerment manager for Alameda County Behavioral Health Services. To register, click here. Next, on Sept. 30, from 2 p.m. ET to 3:30 p.m. ET, is a webinar on “The Life-Changing Power of Self-Directed Care and Peer Support. Self-direction was recently highlighted as a key initiative in a landmark guidance letter by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The presenters are Erme Maula, RN, MSN, CPS, WRAP facilitator, who heads the CRIF Self-Directed Care program at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP), and Julie Schnepp and John Hamm, program participants. For more information, click here. To register, click here.
 

Webinar on Supporting LGBT Peers with Their Employment Goals Is Sponsored by Peerlink NTAC
 
On Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. ET until 3 p.m. ET, Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center is hosting “Employment over the Rainbow: Supporting LGBT Peers with Their Employment Goals.” Peerlink NTAC writes: “This webinar is dedicated to discussing the barriers and challenges that LGBT peers face when seeking employment.” For more information or to register, click here.
 
 
Webinar on “The Use of Peer Support in State Correctional Facilities” Is Sponsored by SAMHSA’s GAINS Center
 
Part 2 of “The Use of Peer Support in State Correctional Facilities,” hosted by SAMHSA’s GAINS Center, will take place on Sept. 3 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. (Part 1 took place on Aug. 27.) The two-part series focuses on the successful and innovative use of peers and peer support in state correctional facilities. The second session will focus on how to fund, develop, implement, sustain and expand such programs in correctional facilities. To register,click here.

 
SAMHSA Recognizes Honorees at 2014 Voice Awards
 
At the 2014 Voice Awards ceremony, on August 13, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration honored Dr. Jean Campbell, a longtime activist and researcher who has devoted a lifetime to the movement for social justice of individuals with mental health conditions. Jean received SAMHSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award for “advancing the recovery movement through consumer-focused research and evaluation.” Receiving Consumer/Peer Leadership Awards “for sharing their stories of recovery and working to improve public acceptance of people with behavioral health conditions” were Lacy Kendrick Burk, executive director, Youth MOVE National; Matt Canuteson, assistant director, SAMSHA’s Statewide Family and Consumer Networks Technical Assistance Center; Greg Dicharry, director of youth empowerment, Magellan Health Services; Patrick Hendry, senior director, Consumer Advocacy, Mental Health America; and Toni Jordan, peer specialist, Queen of Peace Center, St. Louis. The Young Adult Leadership Award “for providing peer mentorship and sharing messages about wellness” was given to Sean Campbell. SAMHSA also honored members of the entertainment industry. For more information, click here.
 

Monthly National Networking Teleconferences Alternate Between Day and Evening
 
The monthly national networking teleconferences of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-HelpClearinghouse alternate between daytime (on the third Monday of the month unless that is a holiday, in which case the call will take place on the fourth Monday of the month) and evening hours (on the third Tuesday of the month).The September 2014 call will be on Tuesday, September 16, at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT. The call-in number is 866-906-0123; the pass code is 5037195#. The purpose of the calls is for peer movement activists from around the U.S. to get together, share information, and “network.” Join us! If you have a topic or topics you would like to see discussed on this call, please write to Susan Rogers srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Agenda” in the subject line. In addition, if you plan to participate, even if you don’t want to suggest an agenda item it would be helpful if you would email Susan Rogers at srogers@mhasp.org; this will make it easier to provide the participants with teleconference minutes. Thanks! If you would like a copy of the July, August, September, October, November and/or December 2013 minutes and/or the February, April, May, June or July 2014 minutes, please write to srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.
 
 
Consumer-Driven Services Directory
 
The Clearinghouse welcomes all programs in which consumers play a significant role in leadership and operation to apply for inclusion in its Directory of Consumer-Driven Services. The directory, accessible athttp://www.cdsdirectory.org, is searchable by location, type of organization, and targeted clientele, and serves as a free resource for consumers, program administrators and researchers. Apply online athttp://www.cdsdirectory.org/database/cds.php , via fax at 215-636-6312, or by phone at 800-553-4KEY (4539). To receive an application by mail, write to info@cdsdirectory.org or NMHCSH Clearinghouse, 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
 

About The Key Update

The Key Update is the free monthly e-newsletter of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. Volume 11, No. 2, August 2014, http://www.mhselfhelp.org. For content, reproduction or publication information, please contact Susan Rogers at 800-553-4539 x3812, 267-507-3812 (direct) or srogers@mhasp.org.
Friday
Aug292014

The Key Update, Volume 11, Number 1 July 2014

New Deadline for Alternatives 2014 Early Bird Registration: August 15!

Plenary Session Speakers Are Announced! Spanish Registration Form Is Available!

The deadline for Early Bird registration ($375) for Alternatives 2014 has been extended to August 15! The 28th annual Alternatives conference will be held at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida, October 22-26, 2014. And something new: Alternatives 2014 is launching AlternaTalks – lively and inspiring 18-minute presentations from the speakers during the morning plenary sessions. These speakers, all of whom have lived experience, and have national and international reputations in the mental health advocacy arena, include (alphabetically) Khatera Aslami-TamplenGina CalhounLeah HarrisErme MaulaHarvey Rosenthal and Sharon Wise. There will also be a youth plenary, which will highlight the great work being done by the nation’s youth advocates to improve systems, reduce prejudice and discrimination, and help other young people experiencing mental health challenges. To register for the conference, visit https://sites.google.com/a/mhasp.org/alternatives-2014/registration. For the Registration Form in Spanish, click here. Suggestions for seeking funding are available on the conference website if you click here. (In addition, SAMHSA will be awarding some scholarships, and the application process will be announced soon.) The deadline to apply for a caucus is August 15. For the caucus application, click here. The deadline to sign up for an exhibit table is September 15: click here. For more information about the conference, please visit the Alternatives 2014 website: http://alternatives2014.mhasp.org.

 

Provide Feedback on SAMHSA's "Leading Charge 2.0" by August 18, 2014

" 'Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation 2015-2018’ is ready for your feedback,” the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration writes. “This strategic plan outlines work to increase the awareness and improve understanding about mental and substance use disorders, promote emotional health and wellness and the prevention of substance abuse and mental illness, increase access to effective treatment, and support recovery. An important component of the plan is the prioritization of six Strategic Initiatives and the linkages between these initiatives and SAMHSA’s policy, programmatic, and financial planning. At its core, this plan offers a framework for planning around common categories of initiatives that enable cross-collaboration and organization of SAMHSA’s work.” To download “Leading Change 2.0,” click here. To provide feedback, click here.

BRSS TACS Offers First Friday Technical Assistance Calls with Experts

BRSS TACS (Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy) hosts a monthly “Adobe Connect” technical assistance call on the first Friday of each month. The next call will take place TOMORROW, August 1, 2014, on “Gender-Responsive, Trauma-Informed Supports for Women.” Participants can join by calling the phone number provided and entering the “Adobe Connect Room” online by clicking the link provided. You need to download Adobe Connect on your computer prior to the event. For more information or to register, click here.

 

iNAPS Seeks Responses to its Survey of Education, Compensation, and Satisfaction

The International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) is conducting a survey of peer support provider education, compensation, and satisfaction. There are two versions of the survey: one for peer support practitioners and the other for agencies/organizations that provide peer support services. “Peer support,” the iNAPS website notes, “is being provided in many different ways in different states, in different settings, and at different organizational levels for different populations. It has evolved so quickly and in so many different directions that it is hard to get a clear picture of what peer support is really like in the workforce in 2014.” The survey has been created to get a clearer picture. For more information or to help disseminate or participate in the survey, click here. Responses are due by Aug. 31.

 

National Wellness Week Initiative Seeks Creative Work

As part of National Wellness Week, Sept. 15-21, 2014, you are invited to submit a piece of original creative work expressing what wellness means in your life and for your communities. Submissions are due by August 29. This initiative is hosted by Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center. For more information, click here.

 

Suicide Attempt Survivors Publish Recommendations on Reducing Suicide Attempts and Deaths

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has published a white paper written by the Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force. It’s called “The Way Forward: Pathways to hope, recovery, and wellness with insights from lived experience,” and it covers recommendations based on evidence-based practices for ways to reduce suicide attempts and deaths. “The Way Forward,” according to the group’s co-leaders, “is an opportunity to benefit from the lived experience of suicide attempt survivors. Many of its recommendations are derived from evidence-based practices, and several are aspirational. All are grounded in the evidence of recovery and resiliency that is clear in the lives of our Task Force members. Viewing suicide prevention through the lens of the eight core values presented in ‘The Way Forward’ can help us enhance safety while also bringing hope and meaning to those in suicidal despair.” The document is available for free download at this link.

 

Two Upcoming Webinars in August Focus on Youth and Asian Communities, Respectively

On August 6, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, SAMHSA’s ADS Center will host a webinar entitled “Diverse Promising Practices for Engaging Youth Before and During Times of Emotional Distress: Youth, Family and School Perspectives.” “How do we create safe and supportive communities that engage youth? How can young people, their parents, and school districts support student well-being? These questions and others will be explored as we hear diverse perspectives on creating communities where youth feel safe and accepted.” For more information or to register, click here. And, on August 27 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET, the STAR Center will host a webinar entitled “Engaging Asian, South Asian & Pacific Islander Communities.” The presenters will be Chacku Mathai, CPRP, director of the STAR Center; Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS, founder and president of ASHA International, and Can Truong, consultant, Can Consulting. For registration information, please contact tnaranjo@nami.org.

 

New Initiative Seeks to Spread Messages of Hope

The Project Hope Exchange is collecting 30-second messages of hope from survivors of various kinds of adversity to share with others in the same boat. According to the Project Hope Exchange website, “We at the Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance and Life Vest Inside [are] thrilled to be partnering to offer you this unique and powerful opportunity. Through Project Hope Exchange, we are collecting, aggregating and sharing 30-second audio messages FROM individuals who have survived some kind of adversity to others who are currently facing that same adversity. And at the heart of our exchange are real human voices. We hope you’ll add yours!” Click here for a video to see how it works. To leave a message of hope, call the Project Hope Exchange HopeLine: 1-855-975-HOPE (4673).

 

“The Myth of Mental Illness and Gun Violence” Appears in Forbes 

A piece published on June 28 in Forbes (click here) reports on a new article in the Annals of Epidemiology (click here) that “pulls together the facts we need to consider if we really want to adopt evidence-based policies to reduce random gun violence.” The Forbes piece quotes Jeffrey W. Swanson, a Duke University School of Medicine professor of psychiatry and lead author of the Annals of Epidemiology article, saying “but even if schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression were cured, our society’s problem of violence would diminish by only about 4 percent.” Said the Forbes author, “That is not very much. When people with mental illness do act violently it is typically for the same reasons that people without mental illness act violently. If you take comfort … in the myth we can attenuate gun violence by fixing our broken mental health care delivery system then it is time once again to be afraid.”

 

Mark Your Calendars for Five Upcoming National Conferences!

Following is information about three national conferences coming up in September and two in October! First is the Annual Rights Conference of the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA), to be held Sept. 3-6, 2014, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, SeaTac Airport, in Seattle. The registration form, including a list of the conference keynote speakers, is available if you click here. Mental Health America will hold its annual conference Sept. 10-12, 2014, at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta. For more information, click here. NYAPRS will hold its annual conference at the Hudson Valley Resort & Conference Center in Kerhonkson, N.Y., Sept. 17-19, 2014. For more information, click here. And the 2014 national conference of the International Association of Peer Supporters will take place at the Sheraton Airport Gateway Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, Oct. 13-14, 2014. For more information, click here. For more information about Alternatives 2014, Oct. 22-26, see the first item of this newsletter.

 

New White Paper on Employment and Mental Health Conditions Recommends Policy Fixes

This month, NAMI came out with a white paper making recommendations to improve the employment rate for individuals with mental health conditions. The document, Road to Recovery: Employment and Mental Illness, which notes that the national unemployment rate for individuals receiving public mental health services is approximately 80 percent, highlights model programs around the country and proposes model legislation for states. To download a free copy of the report, cut and paste the following link into your browser: http://tinyurl.com/ksumkl5 or enter “Road to Recovery: Employment and Mental Illness” into Google.

 

Partnership Between the Mental Health and Faith Communities Is Launched

On July 11, more than 40 national mental health and religious leaders launched the Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership, which will help train the religious community about behavioral health issues and educate psychiatrists about the role that spirituality may play in recovery. “This partnership recognizes that what’s important is the health of the whole person,” said former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, a participant in the dialogue. “With this partnership, faith and mental health leaders will be better equipped to understand the totality of an individual’s needs and values.” For more information, click here.

 

Monthly National Networking Teleconferences Alternate Between Day and Evening

The monthly national networking teleconferences of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-HelpClearinghouse alternate between daytime (on the third Monday of the month unless that is a holiday, in which case the call will take place on the fourth Monday of the month) and evening hours (on the third Tuesday of the month).The August 2014 call will be on Monday, August 18, at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT. The call-in number is 866-906-0123; the pass code is 5037195#. The September call will take place the third Tuesday, September 16, at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT. The purpose of the calls is for peer movement activists from around the U.S. to get together, share information, and “network.” Join us! If you have a topic or topics you would like to see discussed on this call, please write to Susan Rogers srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Agenda” in the subject line. In addition, if you plan to participate, even if you don’t want to suggest an agenda item it would be helpful if you would email Susan Rogers at srogers@mhasp.org; this will make it easier to provide the participants with teleconference minutes. Thanks! If you would like a copy of the July, August, September, October, November and/or December 2013 minutes and/or the February, April, May, June or July 2014 minutes, please write to srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.

 

Consumer-Driven Services Directory

The Clearinghouse welcomes all programs in which consumers play a significant role in leadership and operation to apply for inclusion in its Directory of Consumer-Driven Services. The directory, accessible at http://www.cdsdirectory.org, is searchable by location, type of organization, and targeted clientele, and serves as a free resource for consumers, program administrators and researchers. Apply online at http://www.cdsdirectory.org/database/cds.php , via fax at 215-636-6312, or by phone at 800-553-4KEY (4539). To receive an application by mail, write to info@cdsdirectory.org or NMHCSH Clearinghouse, 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

 

About The Key Update

The Key Update is the free monthly e-newsletter of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. Volume 11, No. 1, July 2014, http://www.mhselfhelp.org. For content, reproduction or publication information, please contact Susan Rogers at 800-553-4539 x3812, 267-507-3812 (direct) or srogers@mhasp.org.