News and Alerts
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 – email@example.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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 (email@example.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.
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.”
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com; 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.