Monday
Mar312014

The Key Update, Volume 10, Number 8 - February 2014

News and Alerts

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Plans Are Under Way for a March for Mental Health and Dignity on May 4, 2014!

A March for Mental Health and Dignity is being organized on May 4, 2014. Specifically, a number of marches – some of which may take the form of teach-ins or other events – are being organized around the country. According to Scott Spicer, one of the organizers, “So far we are looking at organizing events in California, Utah, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and Texas.” There is a Facebook page where more information is available by clicking here. Scott writes: “Let us know if you want to organize something in your community. Organizers are welcome to use the logo and press release we have on here. I am willing to offer a website I run as a central space: www.riseforsocialchange.org. We are looking for national organizations to support this day to help get the word out about our events.”

Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/marchformentalhealthanddignity/

 

Deadline Alert: Petra Foundation Award Nominations Are Due on March 3, 2014

The Petra Foundation “seeks out and champions unsung leaders who are making distinctive contributions to the rights, autonomy and dignity of millions who are marginalized in America.” According to the Foundation’s website, “individuals nominated for a Petra Foundation Award should display a combination of activism and thought, force of character, independence of judgment, and clarity of expression. The nominee’s activities should be devoted either to the cause of racial equality, with special emphasis on Native Americans and people of color; or to the autonomy of persons, groups, families, and communities; or to freedom of speech, expression, and thought.” To nominate someone for the 2014 Petra Foundation Award, click here.

Source: http://petrafoundation.org

Thanks to Mike Skinner and the Surviving Spirit Newsletter

 

Three Exciting Conferences Issue Calls for Presentations

Three upcoming conferences are soliciting presentation proposals. To apply to present a workshop at the next annual conference of NARPA (National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy) – in Seattle, at theDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, SeaTac Airport, Sept. 3-6, 2014 – click here. Suggested topics include rights issues, strategies against forced treatment, seclusion and restraint, forensic issues, and more. The deadline for proposals is April 15, 2014. For more information or for questions, contact Ann Marshall (narpa@aol.com or 256-650-0311).For more information about applying to present at the Seventh Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media (Aug. 19-21, 2014, in Atlanta), click here. Submissions focusing on the areas of health communication, social marketing, media, partnerships, public health policy communication, and other topic areas that relate to the multi-disciplinary nature of this conference are sought. The deadline for submissions is March 16, 2014. And to apply to present at the 20th Annual Zarrow Mental Health Symposium (Sept. 18-29, 2014, in Tulsa, Oklahoma), click here. The deadline for applications is March 10.

Sources: http://www.narpa.org

http://www.cdc.gov/NCHCMM/

http://mhat.org/get-involved/events-and-conferences/zarrow/

 

Upcoming Webinar to Focus on Connecting Justice-Involved Individuals with Benefits

The Council of State Governments Justice Center is offering a 90-minute webinar on “SSI/SSDI and Medicaid: Powerful Tools for Reentry Success” on March 12, 2014, at 2 p.m. ET.  “Connecting individuals with serious mental illnesses and other disabilities who are involved with the criminal justice system to benefits and programs for which they are eligible through Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Medicaid can ease the reentry process and has been demonstrated to lower recidivism rates. This webinar will provide an overview of eligibility criteria and the enrollment process for these benefits; discuss the federal SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) training program as a way to improve enrollment; and offer success stories and lessons learned from the field." To register, click here

Source: http://csgjusticecenter.org/

 

Voting for 2014 Scattergood Innovation Award Finalists Is Open Through March 17

The judges for the Scattergood Foundation 2014 Innovation Awards have selected 15 finalists out of a field of more than a hundred nominees. You can help choose the winner by voting (until March 17, 2014) – and you can vote for more than one finalist! Two contenders seem especially worthy: The National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment’s Coming Out Proud initiative, and LERN (Lived Experience Research Network). The project that receives the most votes will get the prize, accompanied by a check for $25,000.

Source: http://scattergoodfoundation.org/annual-innovation-award

 

Historic Newspaper of the Mental Patients’ Liberation Movement Is Now Available!

The entire archive of Madness Network News (MNN), an iconic newspaper published by the psychiatric survivor movement beginning in 1972, is now available for review and purchase, thanks to two longtime movement activists. With the support and approval of MNN co-founder Leonard Roy Frank and the help of fellow activist Ron Schraiber, David Gonzalez resized the original 11”x17” format to 8.5”x11”, assembled the complete collection of 45 issues into seven soft-cover books, and then transformed each of the issues into an e-book. Click here to visit the archive, view the covers and read sample pages, request specific articles and/or covers for review or citation, view videos of movement leaders describing their experiences with psychiatric hospitalization, and leave your comments on the site’s blogClick here for more information about how to purchase all or parts of the Madness Network News archive. Hard-copy volumes cost $19.95 each; single issue e-books are $1.99.

Source: http://www.madnessnetworknews.com/

 

Lived Experience and Work Seniority Improve Outlook of Mental Health Professionals

A recent University of Washington survey of 731 mental health professionals found that mental health workers who had at least a four-year college degree, a job with greater seniority, and a mental health condition themselves had more positive attitudes about people with mental health problems than did those who did not share these qualifications. “The finding that stands out the most is that almost a third of mental health professionals disclosed that they received a diagnosis of mental illness in the past,” said Jennifer Stuber, the study’s lead author. “This . . . has implications for how we think of the relevance of that experience in recruiting for a mental health workforce.” Overall, mental health workers held more positive attitudes about individuals with mental health conditions than did the general public, the study found. However, “stigmatizing attitudes still exist,” Stuber said.

Source: http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/02/04/personal-experience-work-seniority-improve-mental-health-professionals-outlook/

 

Three More Great Conferences Are on the Agenda!

Mark your calendars for March, April and June 2014 for conferences in Santa Fe (New Mexico), Albany (New York), and Baltimore, respectively. ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership will host its annual summit, “Leading the Future of Health,” March 26-28. For more information, click here. The New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) is presenting its 10th Annual Executive Seminar on Systems Transformation – “Managing Care: Managing Change” – April 24-25 at the Hilton Albany in Albany, New York. For more information, click here. For the full program, click here. And the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association is hosting its Recovery Workforce Summit: PRA 2014 Annual Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Baltimore June 22-25. For more information, click here.

Sources: http://www.acmha.org/

http://www.nyaprs.org

http://www.uspra.org/

 

These Websites Showcase Stories of Courage, Empowerment and Change

Three websites offer a broad spectrum of individuals sharing their stories of recovery. On OC87 Recovery Diaries, you can view mini-documentaries, video diaries, articles and posts through which individuals in recovery tell “brave, honest and inspiring stories that embrace the drama of everyday life, and reveal the thoughts and passions of people living with mental health challenges.” “Thirty years after mental illness interrupted his dream of a film-making career, Bud Clayman created OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie  – a “feature-length documentary of pain and vulnerability, empowerment, and Bud's quest for belonging.” OC87 Recovery Diaries wants to continue that conversation.” Recovery stories can also be viewed on MindFreedom International’s I Got Better website, as well as on Optum’s website. According to the latter (click here), “… we offer the following video testimonials by real consumers sharing their experiences in treatment and how they have benefited from peer support. These heart-felt stories offer encouragement and hope, and demonstrate that people in recovery can and do live fulfilling lives.”

Sources: http://pmhca.org/

http://www.mindfreedom.org/

http://www.optum.com

 

National Suicide Prevention Plan Has Been Released

In February 2014, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force (RPTF) released A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives, available by clicking here, which outlines the research areas that show the most promise in helping to reduce the rates of suicide attempts and deaths in the next five to 10 years, “if optimally implemented,” according to the Task Force’s website. As a companion piece to the Prioritized Research Agenda, the RPTF also developed a Suicide Research Prioritization Plan of Action, which outlines the research pathways and short- and long-term objectives presented in the full Prioritized Research Agenda. These documents are available for download by clicking on the above links or from the source below. The Action Alliance is also seeking feedback on its “Comprehensive Blueprint for Workplace Suicide Prevention.” For more information, click here.

Source: http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/

 

MHA Publishes Affordable Care Act Toolkit

Mental Health America has published a “toolkit” to help people understand the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it affects them. MHA writes: “Significantly, ACA compels equal coverage of mental health and addiction services that were borne out of the enactment of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act. Mental health and addiction services are among the 10 categories that serve as components of the “Essential Health Benefits (EHB)” package that must be offered in the marketplace. With the enactment of ACA, America has the ability to create a reformed health care system that provides comprehensive, culturally, and linguistically appropriate behavioral health services and supports. Furthermore, ACA provides the behavioral health services on par with physical health services; and it allows for the availability of preventive services at no cost to the beneficiary.” To download the toolkit, visit the source below.

Source: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/issues/affordable-care-act-toolkit-mha

 

Two Fashion Retailers Suspend Sales of Controversial Garments After Public Outcry

Two popular retailers have come under attack as a result of selling clothing imprinted with slogans related to behavioral health conditions. Urban Outfitters pulled a top imprinted with the word “depression” in bold letters from its shelves and apologized after a barrage of complaints that the store was “making mental illness a fashion statement.” And Kitson, a retailer in Los Angeles, was selling sweatshirts and jerseys designed to look like sports uniforms with the names of such drugs as Adderall, Vicodin and Xanax accompanied by a two-digit number – until the manufacturers of these drugs threatened to sue.

Sourcehttp://www.neontommy.com/news/2014/02/popular-retailers-deem-mental-illness-fashion-forward 

 

Monthly National Networking Teleconferences Alternate Between Day and Evening

The monthly national networking teleconferences of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse 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 March call will take place on the third Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 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 April 2014 call will be on Monday, April 21, at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT. The purpose of the call 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, and/or November 2013 minutes and/or the February 2014 minutes, or would like to pre-order the December 2013 and January 2014 minutes, please write to srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.

Source: http://www.mhselfhelp.org

 

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 10, No. 8, February 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.

Friday
Feb282014

The Key Update, Volume 10, Number 7 - January 2014

News and Alerts

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February 3 Deadline to Apply for New E-Learning Opportunity on Trauma-Informed Peer Support

SAMHSA’s National Center on Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) is soliciting applications for a free, intensive, six-month Virtual Learning Community on Trauma-Informed Peer Support and Trauma-Informed Organizational Change. Five organizations across the country will be selected to participate. The deadline to apply is February 3, 2014, at 5 p.m. ET. For the application, click here. For more information, email Darby Penney at dpenney@ahpnet.com.

Source: http://www.samhsa.gov/nctic/

 

CMS Proposes Eliminating Medicare Access to Mental Health Treatments; Comments Are Due by March 7

On January 6, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed removing antidepressants and immunosuppressants from the protected class status they received under Medicare Part D in 2015, and to remove antipsychotics from that status in 2016. “Despite growing public concern for the nation’s unmet mental health crisis, and a supposedly strong commitment to addressing this pressing need, the Administration stunned the mental health advocacy community by suddenly tacking in the opposite direction,” according to a National Council for Behavioral Health press release. You can submit comments on the proposed rule to CMS until March 7 by clicking here. At the same time, as of January 1, 2014, (as a result of the 2008 Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, which required Medicare to start covering more of the cost of outpatient mental health services), seniors now only have to pay 20 percent of the cost of outpatient psychotherapy; Medicare now pays 80 percent (after a $147 deductible). This is the same percentage Medicare covers for most medical services, The New York Times reports.

Sources: http://www.thenationalcouncil.org/press-releases/cms-proposes-eliminating-medicare-access-mental-health-treatments/

http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/27/medicare-to-cover-more-mental-health-costs/

Thanks to NYAPRS E-News

 

New from SAMHSA’s GAINS Center: Webinar Series on Evidence-Based Practices for Justice-Involved Persons, and Guidelines to Help These Individuals Rejoin the Community

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation is offering a five-part webinar series on “Evidence-Based Practices for Justice-Involved Persons.” The first webinar took place on January 21; it is archived on the GAINS Center website. The four remaining webinars will take place February 18 (3 p.m. ET), March 11, April 8, and May 12. For more information, including a link to the archived January webinar and links to fact sheets on each of the topics, click here. In addition, SAMHSA’s GAINS Center has published “Guidelines for the Successful Transition of People with Behavioral Health Disorders from Jail and Prison.” To download a free copy, click here.

Source: http://gainscenter.samhsa.gov

 

Individuals in Mental Health Crisis May Be Better Served in a Homelike Environment than in an ER, New Study Confirms

A new study by DePaul University researchers suggests that people experiencing a mental health crisis are better off receiving help in an alternative, recovery-oriented, homelike environment than in a traditional emergency department. "Hospital emergency departments are not set up for people with emotional problems. Most people with emotional distress come from a chaotic environment and need a safe or calm space to receive proper attention and treatment," said Mona Shattell, a co-author of the paper “A Recovery-Oriented Alternative to Hospital Emergency Departments For Persons in Emotional Distress: ‘The Living Room,’” published January 7 in Issues in Mental Health Nursing. The study interviewed participants in the Living Room, an outpatient, voluntary program “staffed with peer counselors who have experienced mental health issues and are specifically trained to treat the patients, who have responded well to that type of care because they see that recovery is possible," said Shattell. “The experiences of (emergency departments) for persons in emotional distress were characterized by feelings of insecurity, loneliness, intimidation, fear, and discomfort,” the study noted. Shattell added, “We need more facilities like The Living Room to help provide the care and attention people with emotional distress need to fully recover.”

Source: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20140108/Mental-health-crisis-may-be-better-served-in-homelike-environment-instead-of-traditional-ER-says-study.aspx

 

BRSS TACS Offers a Webinar Series, and a Series of “First Fridays” to “Meet the Expert”

BRSS TACS (Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy) is hosting a series of webinars on recovery-related topics, as well as a “Meet the Experts” teleconference series on the first Friday of every month. The 90-minute webinars, all beginning at 1 p.m. ET, will cover such subjects as “Ethics & Boundaries for Peer Leaders” (February 13), “Lessons Learned from 2013 BRSS TACS Awardees (April 10), “Support and Services for LGBT Youth in Recovery (May 8), “Why Should You Hire a Peer Specialist/Recovery Coach?” (July 17), and “Recovery-Oriented Services for Veterans” (August 14). The next three “Meet the Experts” teleconferences, each an hour long and beginning at noon ET, will feature Sandra Spencer of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (February 7), Phillip Valentine of the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (March 7), and Dan Fisher of the National Empowerment Center (April 4). For more information, click on the source below.

Source: http://beta.samhsa.gov/brss-tacs

 

Virtual Career Fair to Help Job Seekers Who Have Disabilities Connect with Employers

Students, post-docs and alumni of two- and four-year colleges across the country are invited to attend the Bender Virtual Career Fair, on March 20, 2014; the event will help job seekers meet employers online in a time-efficient way. Click here to review the Virtual Job Fair Tutorial. “Get interviews without ever leaving your computer,” the sponsor says. Register before February 21 by clicking here.

Source: http://disability.careereco.net/

 

ADS Center Offers Webinar on Affordable Care Act

On February 12, 2014, at 3 pm. ET, SAMHSA’s ADS Center will offer a free webinar entitled “Time to Get Insured: Learn the Who, What, Why, and How to Enroll in Health Insurance Through the Medicaid Expansion or the State or Federal Marketplace.” The ADS Center writes: “Join us to learn how to navigate the new insurance landscape and better equip yourself to enroll yourself, your family, your clients, or your loved ones in the new coverage available under the Affordable Care Act.” For more information, click here. To register, click here.

Source: http://www.promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/

 

2014 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards Seek Nominations

The Viscardi Center has issued a “Call for Nominations” for the 2014 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards, which honor “exemplary leaders in the disability community who have had a profound impact on shaping attitudes, raising awareness and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities.” “Despite our significant contributions, people with disabilities continue to face considerable barriers,” said John D. Kemp, president and CEO of The Viscardi Center. “Our Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards are designed to recognize the tireless efforts being made on a daily basis to better integrate people with disabilities into everyday life and allow every person to achieve to their fullest potential.” Individuals of any age, with any type of disability, are eligible. Nominations are being accepted until February 28, 2014. For more information or to submit a nomination, click on the source below.

Source: http://www.viscardicenter.org/news-events/news/2014-hvaa-announced.html

 

Free “Guide to Disability for Healthcare Insurance Marketplace Navigators” Is Available

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD), which recently launched its 12-month Affordable Care Act National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) website, has published a free technical assistance guide. The “Guide to Disability for Healthcare Insurance Marketplace Navigators” will instruct navigators and other enrollment specialists about the special needs of people with disabilities who are shopping for health care insurance. To download the free guide, click here.

Sources: http://www.aahd.us/initiatives/initiativesrwj_ndnrc/

Mental Health Weekly, Jan. 20, 2014

 

Share Your Writing with 40,000 Readers

Social Justice Solutions – an organization born out of the Stony Brook School of Social Welfare’s commitment to active participation in creating a socially just world – wants to hear from you: “Submit blogs, news and news summaries, or just suggest a story you think we should cover. Please remember to include a link to the original story if you summarize. Click ‘Choose File’ under the ‘Send a text document’ box to send a file as your submission. Our editing staff will edit your submission and contact you with the time and link for your post.” For more information, write info@socialjusticesolutions.org. SJS also accepts submissions via its Facebook page: Facebook.com/socialjusticesolutions.

Source: http://www.socialjusticesolutions.org/

Thanks to the Surviving Spirit newsletter (Mike Skinner)

 

Five Upcoming Conferences to Mark on Your Calendar

As you are making plans for 2014, here are five conferences to keep on your radar screen. In chronological order, they are: The Tools for Change conference (March 7-8 at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco) is offering early registration until February 7. For more information (including about scholarship opportunities) or to register, click here. Registration is open for the Fourth International Conference on Families with Parental Mental Health Challenges, to be held April 25-27 at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, California. For more information or to register, click here. To submit a scholarship application (due by February 11, 2014), click here. The Eighth Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media will take place August 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. For more information, click here. The annual conference of the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA), September 3-6, will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, SeaTac Airport, Seattle. A featured plenary session speaker will be award-winning civil rights attorney and author Susan Stefan. And the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) will host its annual conference in Atlanta October 13-14, with pre-conference institutes on October 11-12.

Sources: See the links above. 

 

Do You Have Good Videos About Places Where People Recover?

If you have good videos about peer-run services that help people recover, share them with your U.S. senators and representatives, urges Ray Bridge, policy director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery. “Right now,” Bridge said, “we need to educate people in Congress, as well as the public, [about] what our organizations and peers do and why recovery matters.” Bridge offered a video about Friends 4 Recovery Whole Health Center in North Chesterfield, Virginia, as an example. The video is available by clicking here. (It is the first segment of a longer PBS television program.)

Source: http://www.ncmhr.org

 

Monthly National Networking Teleconferences Alternate Between Day and Evening

The monthly national networking teleconferences of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse 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). Because the third Monday of February is Presidents’ Day, the February call will take place on the fourth Monday, February 24, 2014, 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 March 2014 call will be on Tuesday, March 18, at 8 p.m. ET, 7 pm. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT. The purpose of the call 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 Rogerssrogers@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 atsrogers@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 and/or November 2013 minutes or would like to pre-order the December and January minutes, please write to srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.

Source: http://www.mhselfhelp.org

 

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 10, No. 7, January 2014, http://www.mhselfhelp.org

Monday
Jan272014

The Key Update, Volume 10, Number 6 - December 2013

News and Alerts
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Scattergood Foundation Seeks Nominations for Second Annual Innovation Awards 
 
The Scattergood Innovation Award “is designed to help identify, promote and reward innovative programs that demonstrably improve diagnosis, treatment, de-stigmatization, or support networks” for adults with mental health conditions. The successful applicant will receive a $25,000 award, and all of the finalists will receive exposure “as leaders, innovators and champions of behavioral health,” according to the Foundation. “Individuals, teams or organizations can self-nominate or nominate someone else.” For details or to apply, see the source below. Nominations will be accepted through January 10, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
 
Source: http://www.scattergoodfoundation.org/annual-innovation-award
 

 
SAMHSA Releases Report on Behavioral Health in the U.S.
 
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released “Behavioral Health, United States, 2012.” This free report features national and state mental health and substance abuse statistics from 40 different sources. The report includes three chapters: “Behavioral Health Disorders across the Life Span”; “Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: Impairment in Functioning”; and “Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: Treatment Landscape.” There are 172 tables, with information about “the mental health status of the U.S. population and prevalence of mental illness; providers and settings for behavioral health services, types of behavioral health services provided, and rates of utilization; number of facilities providing mental health and substance abuse services, and numbers of qualified specialty mental health and substance abuse providers; and expenditures and sources of funding for behavioral health services.” The report can be downloaded byclicking here.
 
Source: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2012BehavioralHealthUS/Index.aspx.
 

 
LERN Publishes First Report on National Survey of Peer-run Organizations, and Launches Support Groups for Undergrads with Lived Experience
 
The Lived Experience Research Network (LERN) has published a report on the role peer-run organizations are playing in the mental health system. Three hundred eighty peer-run programs participated. The report is available by clicking here. In addition, LERN recently announced a support group for undergraduates “who identify as consumers, current/former service users, and/or survivors.” “We welcome those who are currently enrolled, who are about to be enrolled, or who plan on returning to an undergraduate program in the near future,” they write. LERN additionally runs support groups for current graduate and post-graduate students. For more information or to join any of these groups, click here.
 
Source: http://www.lernetwork.org/
 


Mental Health Anthology Seeks Essays about “Profound Psychiatric Challenges”
 
For an upcoming anthology, In Fact Books is soliciting essays “by writers with insight into the nature and experience of profound psychiatric challenges” as users and/or providers of mental health services. The editors are seeking “well-written, true narratives about the enigmatic, creative, frustrating and triumphant moments of the recovery process and the therapeutic journey.” For further information and guidelines, see the source below. Essays may be submitted online or by regular mail; the postmark deadline is March 1, 2014.
 
Source: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/mental-health-anthology
Thanks to Rachelle Weiss
 

 
Award-Winning Video Game Helps Teens Who Have Depression, Says British Medical Journal
 
Sparx, a new video game that uses cognitive behavioral therapy methods to help teens who are experiencing depression, was selected by UNESCO as one of the top 10 digital innovations from around the world in 2013. It was featured on the cover of the British Medical Journal, which noted that the game “could be used to address some of the unmet demand for treatment” of adolescents with symptoms of depression. A free beta version of the game is available by clicking on the source below.
 
Source: http://www.linkedwellness.com
 

 
Is There a Journalist You Would Like to Honor? Here’s Your Chance.
 
The Sidney Hillman Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2014 Hillman Prizes, “an annual program that honors investigative journalism and commentary in the public interest. Winners exemplify sound news judgment, resourcefulness and courage in reporting, skilled storytelling, and social impact.” The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2014. For more information, visit the Foundation’s website at the source below.
 
Source: http://www.hillmanfoundation.org/2014-hillman-prize-nominations
Thanks to Yvonne Smith
 

 
Socioeconomic Factors Have the Greatest Impact on Health, Says CDC 
 
Socioeconomic factors – such as “poverty, [poor] education, [inadequate] housing, and inequality” – have the greatest impact on population health; and “clinical interventions, counseling and education” have the least impact, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pyramid chart. In the Huffington Post, Dr. Lloyd I. Sederer, medical director of the New York State Office of Mental Health, writes that “while 30 percent of our health may be attributable to our genes, we now recognize ... that genes are turned on or off by their exposure to our environment and what we do and don’t do….” He writes: “Population health … can be led by a confederation of public health advocates, organized medicine, government, independent businesses, and patients and families. What seems out of reach is possible when so many players are on the same team.”
 
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lloyd-i-sederer-md/health-care_b_4455582.html
Thanks to NYAPRS E-News
 

 
Gen Ys Are More Accepting of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace Than Are Baby Boomers
 
New research on employers’ attitudes has found that Gen Ys are more inclined to hire and support an employee who has a mental health condition than are their Baby Boomer counterparts. The detailed report, which surveyed 276 small and medium enterprises across Australia on their willingness to employ job seekers with a mental health condition, found that 42 percent of Gen Ys would be likely to hire someone with a mental health condition, compared to 16 percent of Baby Boomers surveyed. “This stark contrast in attitudes from generation to generation is a significant finding, offering new hope to people with a mental illness as more Gen Ys gain roles with hiring authority,” said a spokesman for WISE Employment, which provides employment services under Australia’s Disability Employment Services and Job Services Australia (JSA) programs.
 
Source: http://www.wiseemployment.com.au/en/community/case-studies/gen-y-more-accepting-of-mental-illness-in-the-workplace-than-baby-boomers/
 

 
Psychiatrists Are Less Likely than Other Specialists to Accept Insurance
 
Psychiatrists are a lot less likely to accept insurance than are doctors in other specialties, according to a recent study by Weill Cornell Medical College researchers. The study found that only 55 percent of psychiatrists take private insurance, as opposed to 89 percent of other doctors, The New York Times reported. Similarly, 55 percent of psychiatrists took Medicare, compared with 86 percent of other doctors. Worst, the percentage of psychiatrists who accept Medicaid was only 43 percent, compared with 73 percent of other doctors. Although there is a push to expand mental health coverage, “unless patients have deep pockets, they may have a hard time finding a psychiatrist who will treat them,” the study’s lead author told the Times.
 
Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/12/us/politics/psychiatrists-less-likely-to-accept-insurance-study-finds.html?_r=0
 

 
“150 Stories for 150 Years of Change” Project Seeks Submissions
 
A Civil War battleground memorial national park in Georgia seeks written experiences of significant social advancement in the areas of emotional, physical or intellectual disabilities/impairments; race and ethnicity; religion; gender and sexuality; and immigration experiences/issues. Stories will be displayed on the park’s website during the commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Afterwards, the stories will be archived for the general public. “The ‘150 Stories’ project attempts to collect and curate stories that recount social change within our society,” according to a spokesperson for Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Stories may be personal or “recollections of other’s experiences that you have witnessed,” from the past or present. The deadline for submissions is February 7, 2014. For more information or to submit a story, click on the source below.

Source: http://www.nps.gov/kemo/historyculture/stories.htm
Thanks to AJ French
 


GlaxoSmithKline Will Stop Paying Doctors to Promote Medications
 
GlaxoSmithKline, maker of the antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin, has agreed to stop paying doctors to promote its products, and will stop rewarding sales representatives based on how many prescriptions doctors write for its medications, The New York Times reports. This appears to be a “first” for a major drug manufacturer, the Times adds. The new protocol will go into effect worldwide by 2016. This announcement comes some 18 months after the giant drug manufacturer pled guilty to illegally promoting Paxil and Wellbutrin for unapproved and unsubstantiated off-label uses and failing to report safety data about Avandia, a diabetes drug, to the Food and Drug Administration. The company agreed to pay $3 billion to resolve federal criminal and civil inquiries.
 
Sources:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/17/business/glaxo-says-it-will-stop-paying-doctors-to-promote-drugs.html
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/industries/health/drugs/story/2012-07-02/glaxosmithkline-pleads-guilty-3B-fine-illicit-promotion-prescription-drugs/55979616/1


 
Study Shows That “Affective Touch” May Be Vital to Mental Well-Being
 
A study by U.K. researchers, published online in Frontiers in Psychology, suggests that slow, light touch – which is perceived by the body as loving, or affective, touch – may be the key to creating and maintaining a healthy sense of self. The study, involving 52 “healthy adults,” tested four types of touch – synchronized and asynchronized slow, affective touch and a faster, neutral touch – using a common experimental technique called the “rubber hand illusion,” involving tricking participants’ brains into believing that a rubber hand is their own. When the participants were asked to report on their experience during the experiment, the results confirmed that participants were more likely to believe that the rubber hand was their own with affective touch than they were with the faster, neutral touch. “As affective touch is typically received from a loved one,” the lead researcher said, “these findings further highlight how close relationships involve behaviors that may play a crucial role in the construction of a sense of self.”
 
Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/267237.php


 
Monthly National Networking Teleconferences Are Alternating Between Day and Evening!
 
Because some people have let us know that they would like to participate in the monthly national networking teleconferences of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse but they can’t do so during the workday, we are alternating 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) for the teleconferences. The next teleconference will be held Tuesday, January 21, 2013, 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 call is for peer movement activists from around the U.S. to get together, share information, and “network.” Join us! (Because the third Monday of February is Presidents’ Day, the February call will take place on the fourth Monday, February 24, at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT.) 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 and/or November 2013 minutes or would like to pre-order the December minutes, please write to srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.
 
Source: http://www.mhselfhelp.org
 

 
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 10, No. 6, December 2013, http://www.mhselfhelp.org
 

 

Monday
Dec302013

The Key Update, Volume 10, Number 5 - November 2013

News and Alerts

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Register Today for SAMHSA Seminar/Webcast on “Assisted Outpatient Treatment”!

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is hosting a free seminar on Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) on Monday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. SAMHSA writes: “The seminar is designed to educate and improve the understanding of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT), also called Outpatient Commitment.” Seating and webcast lines are limited so SAMHSA advises registration by November 25 – today! And, if you are in the Washington/Rockville area, try to attend in person! For more information or to register, click here.

Source: http://www.samhsa.gov

 

iNAPS Presents Free Webinar on Recovery Relationships

On Monday, December 2, from noon to 1 p.m. ET, the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) is presenting a free webinar on “Recovery Relationships: The Art of Creating and Maintaining Supportive Relationships.” Designed for peer specialists and recovery coaches, it is based on a recovery curriculum from the SAMHSA-funded Recovery to Practice Project. No pre-registration is required. For more information, click here.

Source: http://www.inaops.org

 

The Alternatives 2013 Conference Program Is Available Online!

The conference program for Alternatives 2013 – Dec. 4-7, at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Texas – is now available online: click here! The theme is “Building Inclusive Communities: Valuing Every Voice.” More than 700 people are already registered; click here for complete registration information.

Source: http://www.power2u.org/alternatives2013/

 

Have You Ever Been Suicidal? Your Input Is Sought!

AttemptSurvivors.com reports the following: renowned mental health lawyer Susan Stefan is “writing a book about laws and policies around the world related to people who are suicidal, and she wants to hear your experiences. What works? What doesn’t? What makes things worse? You can help her by taking this short, anonymous survey. And if you’re willing to do an in-depth interview . . . please contact Susan at stefansusan@gmail.com. If the survey link has any hiccups, please let her, or us, know.” At the same time, AttemptSurvivors.com wants to know how you have helped to shift the conversation about suicide in your community in 2013! Cara Anna, editor of What Happens Now?, will share the results in early January 2014. To participate, click here.

Source: http://attemptsurvivors.com/

Thanks to Leah Harris

 

Café TA Center Launches Video Project at Alternatives 2013

Are you attending Alternatives 2013? If so, you may want to take 10 to 15 minutes to share your thoughts on recovery with the Café TA Center as part of their new video project. “The end result will be a short video that promotes Recovery,” which advocates can share to explain “why [Recovery] is so essential to changing the way the world thinks about mental health.” You can sign up for a time slot at the Café TAC’s booth in the Exhibit Hall. For more information, see the source below.

Source: http://cafetacenter.net/2013/11/share-your-thoughts-on-recovery-through-cafe-tacs-video-project-at-alternatives-2013/

 

Tools for Change Conference Issues Call for Papers

The Center for Dignity, Recovery and Empowerment is organizing the 2014 Tools for Change Conference, to be held March 6-8, 2014, at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco. The theme of the conference is “Freeing Our Communities from the Stigma of Mental Illness.” For more information and a link to the Call for Papers, click on the source below.

Source: http://dignityandrecoverycenter.org/toolsforchange2014/

 

NELP Issues Resource Guide to Fair Hiring Policies for Individuals with Criminal Justice Histories 

The National Employment Law Project – a national advocacy organization promoting the employment rights of lower-wage workers – recently published “Ban the Box: Major U.S. Cities and Counties Adopt Fair Hiring Policies to Remove Unfair Barriers to Employment of People with Criminal Records.” The guide provides information on the cities and counties that have banned employment history questions on job applications. According to the Guide, “Endorsing the value of a policy that allows workers to be judged on their merits, not on an old or unrelated conviction, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a revised guidance (click here) in April 2012 on the use of arrest and conviction records in employment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the guidance, which applies to all public and private employers, the Commission recommended as a “best practice . . . that employers not ask about convictions on job applications and that, if and when they make such inquiries, the inquiries be limited to convictions for which exclusion would be job related for the position in question and consistent with business necessity.” To download the guide, click here.

Source: http://www.nelp.org

 

Journal Issues Call for Papers for Issue on User/Survivor Research and Co-Production

The journal Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology is inviting submissions for a special edition on the “Critical Underpinnings of User/Survivor Research and Co-Production.” (Academic co-production involves more than token participation.) “The goal of the current call for papers is to solicit proposals aimed at tackling the ‘hard’ questions implicated in processes of user/survivor inclusion, exclusion and co-production.” The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014. For more information, click here.

Source: http://www.lernetwork.org/news.html

 

Voices of Victory Project Seeks Stories of Those Who Have Overcome 

Survivors Pay It Forward (SPIF) – an online advocacy community of individuals who have experienced trauma, including traumatic brain injuries, life-threatening illnesses, and/or other kinds of trauma and hardship – is seeking stories for its Voices of Victory project: “We are looking for survivors who have survived multiple traumas, disease, brain injury, natural disasters, war and tragedy and/or hardship who pay it forward in the community. Share your secrets to success, how you found courage and discovered wisdom. What single situation changed your life? Who or what situation inspired you beyond the pain to be kind? Why do you pay it forward?” The site also has information about nominations for its Survivor Super Hero Awards. For more information and submission instructions, click here.

Source: http://survivorspayitforward.com/

Thanks to Mike Skinner and Surviving Spirit

 

Special U.S Edition of Asylum Magazine Seeks Submissions

Asylum Magazine – “a forum for free debate, open to anyone with an interest in psychiatric or mental health” – is soliciting “sketches, comics, first-person accounts, collages, drawings, photographs, essays, poems, stories, paintings, interviews, excerpts from your memoirs and graphic novels, and other works in this special U.S.-based edition. The deadline is March 4, 2014. Send works to AsylumEditor@gmail.comand.or U.S. Asylum Editors, P.O. Box #8603, Delray Beach, FL 33484. For more information, click here.

Source: http://www.lernetwork.org/1/post/2013/10/special-us-edition-of-asylum-magazine-call-for-works.html

 

Curing Insomnia May Help Cure Depression, Researchers Say

If individuals with depression were no longer plagued by insomnia, their chances of a complete recovery from depression could double. “A study of 66 patients by a team at Ryerson University in Toronto found that the cognitive therapy for insomnia, a brief and less intense form of talk therapy than many psychiatric patients are accustomed to, worked surprisingly well,” The New York Times reported. “Some 87 percent of the patients whose insomnia was resolved in four treatment sessions also had their depression symptoms disappear, almost twice the rate of those whose insomnia was not cured.” Other studies are expected to be published in 2014. In a related story, The Washington Post recently published a map showing depression rates around the world. The findings – which indicate that Afghanistan is the most depressed country, Japan the least depressed – suggest that environmental causes of depression are significant. “A 2010 paper by the Inter-American Development Bank found, for instance, that unemployment, low incomes and high income inequality correlate with high depression rates,” researchers noted. For the article, click here.

Sources: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/24/opinion/sunday/curing-insomnia-to-treat-depression.html?_r=0

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/health/treating-insomnia-to-heal-depression.html

 

Many Veterans Who Are Prescribed Psychiatric Medications Lack a Psychiatric Diagnosis

Nearly a third of U.S. veterans who receive prescriptions for psychiatric medications do not have a psychiatric diagnosis, according to a new Yale study of 1.8 million veterans, published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Veterans over 65 years old were more likely than younger veterans to get such prescriptions without a diagnosis, the study found. Dr. Ilse Wiechers, the lead author, told the Yale News, “As a geriatric psychiatrist, I kept running into patients with psychiatric drug prescriptions and no diagnosis of mental illness. The question was, how often is this happening?” She noted that the study could not determine whether the results were generated by overprescription of medication, underdiagnosis of mental health conditions, or incomplete documentation. However, she said, the findings were a cause for concern. For the study’s abstract, click here. 

Source: http://news.yale.edu/2013/10/31/many-vets-prescribed-medication-without-diagnosis-mental-illness

 

 The Pictures-Speak-Louder-than-Words Department

Now from Germany comes a two-minute commercial promoting the benefits of having a psychiatric advance directive: “the Patverfu, an advance directive with a built-in representation agreement, in which any unwanted psychiatric treatment and any deprivation of liberty whatsoever resulting from a psychiatric diagnosis is prohibited by law.” The video shows what would have happened to a man and a woman if they had not had an advance directive, and then rewinds for a happy ending when the couple, armed with the document, avoid forced treatment. Caveat: part of the “before” scene, although very brief, may be difficult to watch if you have gone through similar trauma. But the ending makes up for it!

Source: http://www.patverfue.de/en

Thanks to Rita Cronise

 

Monthly National Networking Teleconferences Will Alternate Between Day and Evening!

Because some people have let us know that they would like to participate in the monthly national networking teleconferences of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse but they can’t do so during the workday, we will be alternating 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) for the teleconferences. The next teleconference will be held Monday, December 16, 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 call is for peer movement activists from around the U.S. to get together, share information, and “network.” Join us! (The January call will take place on Tuesday, January 21, at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT.) If you have a topic or topics you would like to see discussed on this call, please write to Susan Rogerssrogers@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 atsrogers@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 and/or November 2013 minutes, please write to srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.

 Source: http://www.mhselfhelp.org

 

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 10, No. 5, November 2013, http://www.mhselfhelp.org. To subscribe, please send a message to: subscribe thekey. To unsubscribe, please send a message to: unsubscribe thekey. For content, reproduction or publication information, please contact Susan Rogers at 800-553-4539 x3812, 267-507-3812 (direct) or srogers@mhasp.org.

Monday
Nov252013

The Key Update, Volume 10, Number 4 - October 2013

News and Alerts

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Two Organizations Seek Nominations for Awards Honoring Exemplary Peer Advocates

Two organizations are offering awards to recognize extraordinary achievements in advocacy.  To nominate someone for the Judi Chamberlin Joy in Advocacy Award of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery – the deadline is Nov. 1! – send no more than 500 words about why the nominee deserves the award – along with the name, phone number, and email address of both the nominee (who must have lived experience of a mental health condition) and the nominator – tolaurenspiro1@gmail.com and write “Judi Award Nomination” in the subject line. For the nomination form for the AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award Program, which “recognizes outstanding emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to and for the broader disability community,” click here. The deadline for the AAPD awards is Dec. 6, 2013, 5 p.m. ET.

Sources: http://www.ncmhr.org

http://aapd.com/what-powers-us/leadership-awards/

 

Two Webinars Are Coming Up, This Week and Next Week

Two webinars are coming up: “Transgender Wellness 101,” to be hosted by the STAR Center this Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET., and “Peer Practice and Context: Developing Quality Standards,” on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. “Transgender Wellness 101” will cover the social context in which the transgender community faces discrimination and the unique needs and experiences of peers in the transgender community, and demonstrate best practices for supporting the wellness of transgender peers and their place as valued members of the community. The presenter is Iden Campbell McCollum, CPRP, CPS, a transgender man who is the founder/executive director of The Campbell Center, a peer-run resource center in Washington, D.C. To register, click here. “Peer Practice and Context,” hosted by Recovery To Practice, builds on an August webinar on peer support in behavioral health and emerging practice standards. (For the archived webinar, click here.) The Nov. 7 webinar will cover how these standards will affect practice by providing guidance on what peer support is and what it isn’t for peers and agencies. The webinar will be moderated by Larry Davidson, Ph.D., and presented by Chacku Mathai of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Tom Hill of Faces & Voices of Recovery, and Steven Fry of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. To register,click here.

Sources: http://www.consumerstar.org/

http://www.samhsa.gov/recoverytopractice/

 

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center Seeks Volunteers for Video Interviews at Alternatives 2013; Plans for the Conference Accelerate!

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center is seeking trauma survivors who are attending Alternatives 2013 – Dec. 4-7, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, Texas – to videotape interviews for its trauma training curriculum. The interviews will focus on the effects of, and recovery from, trauma. “Participation would mean sharing your story to help us teach others about trauma,” a GAINS Center spokesman writes. “Participants will be given a stipend for their time.” If you are interested, please contact Arin Starzyk atastarzyk@prainc.com. Among the Alternatives Conference’s planned highlights are the annual Health & Wellness Fair (all day Wednesday and Thursday); a Tuesday night (Dec. 3) welcome with a mariachi band, bracelet making, refreshments, and more; an Arts Carnival from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday; the annual Open Mic night on Friday; and the first-ever Alternatives film festival on Wednesday and Thursday, featuring “Kings Park” and “What Happened to You?” For more information, see the source below:

Source: http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/10/top-ten-reasons-alternatives-2013-miss-event-year/

 

PRA Issues Call for Presentations for 2014 Annual Conference

PRA (the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, formerly known as USPRA) “invites you to submit a proposal(s) for the Recovery Workforce Summit: 2014 PRA Annual Conference. Courses should provide trainings, tools, content and concepts that can be immediately applied to participant’s role(s) and responsibilities, geared to advancing the discipline and objectives of psychiatric rehabilitation.” The conference will take place June 22-25, 2014, at the Renaissance Hotel Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Md. The deadline to submit proposals is Nov. 15, 2013. For more information and to download the call for presentations, click here.

Source: http://www.psychrehabassociation.org/

 

Experts Suggest a Recovery-Oriented Approach Toward Treating Individuals with Schizophrenia

A group of international experts is calling for a more comprehensive, recovery-based approach toward helping individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia. The group of psychiatrists, researchers, advanced practice nurses, advocacy groups and individuals with lived experience of schizophrenia has published “Schizophrenia: Time to Commit to Policy Change,” designed to help improve the lives of those with this diagnosis. For a copy of the document, click here. The publication “highlights the challenges faced by people living with schizophrenia, and recommends the policy change[s] required to ensure that they maintain an active role in the community,” said Deborah Wan, immediate past president of the World Federation for Mental Health and a member of the expert group that authored the report.

Source:http://europeanbraincouncil.org/pdfs/Schizophrenia%20Policy%20Press%20Release%20October%202013.pdf

Thanks to Mental Health Weekly, Vol. 23, No. 40, 10/21/13

 

Café TA Center Offers Online Training on Conflict Resolution

The Café TA Center is offering an online training on “Conflict Resolution: Challenging Organizational Change and Growth.” How can organizations manage conflicts and find a way to turn disagreement into productive action? The training “offers some advice on how to understand conflict, and turn it into a net positive for your organization. This training is presented as a pre-recorded slide show with accompanying audio.” To download the training (including the audio portion), click here. You can download or view the training in PDF format with a written transcription of the audio and thumbnail images by clicking here.

Source: http://cafetacenter.net/

 

New Campaign Urges People to Listen to Individuals with Mental Health Issues

The New York City Metro Chapter of NAMI has launched a public service campaign whose goal is to get people to promise to pay attention to the “one in four Americans” who are “impacted by mental illness,” according to the campaign website, www.iwilllisten.org. The website, which urges people to make “a promise to listen,” launched recently with more than 150 videos, including some featuring such celebrities as actress Mariel Hemingway and writer Andrew Solomon, author of “The Noonday Demon.” “Identifying yourself as someone who will listen in a nonjudgmental way is important so that when people want to communicate, they know it’s O.K.,” a NAMI spokesperson told The New York Times. Although the campaign originated in NYC, it has a national scope, the Times article noted.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/02/business/media/a-campaign-urges-listening-to-those-torn-by-mental-illness.html

 

LERN (Lived Experience Research Network) Launches Internship Program

“LERN is kicking off an internship program – LERNterns – for high school and undergraduate students with lived experience of the behavioral health system or psychiatric disabilities, as well as community members not currently enrolled in school. The LERNterns will be matched with LERN staff members in doctoral programs or with senior consumer/survivor researchers in our network. Visit our LERNtern page (click here) to learn more.”

Source: http://www.lernetwork.org/1/post/2013/10/internship-program-fundraising-campaign-please-support-lernterns.html

 

Free Guide Available to Help Advocates Understand New ACA Income-Counting Rules

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) has just published the free “Advocate’s Guide to MAGI [Modified Adjusted Gross Income],” available by clicking here. The NHeLP writes: “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established new rules for counting income and family size to determine eligibility for insurance affordability programs, including subsidized health insurance through the Marketplaces, Medicaid and CHIP. These new income-counting rules, known as Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI), are applicable nationwide, are quite complex and differ significantly from prior Medicaid/CHIP rules. NHeLP's ‘Advocate’s Guide to MAGI’ is our free resource designed to help advocates understand and apply these new income-counting rules. NHeLP is monitoring the nationwide transition to MAGI closely and will regularly update the online Guide.” For the latest information, see the source below.

Source: http://www.healthlaw.org

Thanks to the CPANYS Group

 

TU Collaborative Seeks Peer “Voice Clips” for Its Course on Community Inclusion

The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion is seeking volunteers to record 60- to 90-second voice clips about their experiences in becoming a part of their communities, including challenges, supports, and satisfactions. The clips will be used in the seventh course – “The Principles and Practices of Community Inclusion” – of the Collaborative’s College of Recovery and Community Inclusion, an online educational program for mental health practitioners. For more information, click here or contact Richard Baron (rcbaron@gmail.com, 215-204-9664). The TU Collaborative recently received approximately $4.5 million from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The new award – which provides for five more years of operation – builds on 10 years of NIDRR support for the Collaborative, and seeks to expand its national impact. The Collaborative partners with the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self Help Clearinghouse and Mental Health America. For more information, see the source below.

Source: http://www.tucollaborative.org

 

CBHS-CJR’s New Policy Issue Brief Covers PTSD and Substance Use Disorders Among Men in the Criminal Justice System

The Center for Behavioral Health Services & Criminal Justice Research (CBHS-CJR) has published a new policy issue brief, available for free download by clicking here. The brief, entitled “Screening for and Treating PTSD and Substance Use Disorders Among Incarcerated Men,” notes that “Trauma is not a life sentence . . . The diagnosis and treatment of trauma-related problems is the step outside that begins the process of recovery.”

Source: http://www.cbhs-cjr.rutgers.edu/

 

Comic Blogger Illuminates a Dark Subject: Depression

Allie Brosh’s comic blog “Hyperbole and a Half” – which won the 2011 Bloggies Awards for Most Humorous Weblog and Best Writing – recently got the attention of Mother Jones, which featured it in its November/December 2013 issue. Brosh’s new book, “Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened,” scheduled for release on Oct. 29, 2013, grew out of the blog, the highlight of which may be “Adventures in Depression,” Part One andPart Two. Describing her depression in Part One, Brosh writes, “[T]rying to use willpower to overcome the apathetic sort of sadness that accompanies depression is like a person with no arms trying to punch themselves until their hands grow back. A fundamental component of the plan is missing and it isn't going to work.”

Source: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/

Thanks to Britani Nestel

 

Monthly National Networking Teleconferences Will Alternate Between Day and Evening!

Because some people have let us know that they would like to participate in the monthly national networking teleconferences of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse but they can’t do so during the workday, we will be alternating 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) for the teleconferences. The next teleconference will be held Tuesday, November 19, 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 call is for peer movement activists from around the U.S. to get together, share information, and “network.” Join us! (The December call will take place on Monday, December 16, at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT.) If you have a topic or topics you would like to see discussed on this call, please write to Susan Rogers srogers@mhasp.orgwith 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! (The minutes of the August and September 2013 calls will be available soon! The minutes of the October call are available; if you would like a copy, please write to srogers@mhasp.org with the word “Minutes” in the subject line.)

Source: http://www.mhselfhelp.org

 

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 10, No. 4, October 2013, http://www.mhselfhelp.org.