Key Update: September 2012
Volume 9, Number 3


News and Alerts

Three Inspiring Mental Health Conferences Are Coming Up!

Alternatives 2012, the oldest annual conference organized by and for individuals with lived experience, is scheduled for Oct. 10-14, 2012, in Portland, Ore. The International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry (ISEPP) conference – whose theme is Alternatives to Biological Psychiatry: Treatments That Work– will be held Nov. 2-3, 2012, in Philadelphia. And the WRAP Around the World Conference, in Oakland, Calif., will be held Jan. 25-27, 2013. A Copeland Center spokesperson writes that WRAP Around the World “will bring together hundreds of people who are committed to enhancing their wellness. In addition to lots of interesting workshops, Mary Ellen Copeland, Ph.D., Robert Whitaker, and B.J. North will keynote. There will be plenary sessions on transition-age youth as well as WRAP internationally.” For more information on all three conferences, respectively, see the sources below.

Sources:
http://www.alternatives2012.info/
http://psychintegrity.org/2012-conference/
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e5qlu6zm8c0f1f6b&llr=xdytm6cab

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Register Today for October 2 Webinar on Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery in the Criminal Justice System

The Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project of the Council of State Governments Justice Center will host a webinar – “A New Collaborative Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Behavioral Health” – on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will provide an overview of the just-released report “Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery.” “This report – available at the following link http://consensusproject.org/jc_publications/adults-with-behavioral-health-needs – provides a practical framework to assist corrections, mental health, and substance abuse policymakers and professionals to work collaboratively at the systems level to prioritize scarce treatment and supervision resources for the large number of adults with mental health and substance use disorders who cycle through the criminal justice system,” according to the webinar announcement. For more information or to register, see the source below.

Source: http://nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/announcements/webinar-a-new-collaborative-framework-for-reducing-recidivism-and-promoting-behavioral-health

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“Healing Voices” Seeks Stories and Support

“Healing Voices,” a planned feature-length documentary film examining mainstream mental health care and psychiatry in the United States, is seeking stories as well as financial support through Kickstarter (see the source below). The film, co-produced by Oryx Cohen of the National Empowerment Center with P.J. Moynihan and Digital Eyes Film, “will investigate topics including the stigma of psychiatric diagnoses, the role of trauma, pharmacology, alternatives to the Western one-size-fits-all medical model, and the power of storytelling in recovery,” according to its website, which includes a trailer. In support of the film, Cohen and Moynihan are seeking stories and testimony for a “Healing Voices from Around the World Oral History Project.” “This campaign is an attempt to create user-generated content from all corners of the globe,” the website says. “Share how things are changing. Share why they are not. Share a message of hope for the future….Excerpts from the 10 best submissions will be featured in the film.” For more information, see the source below.

Source: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1919105634/healing-voices

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Call for Collaboration on National Standards for Peer Support Providers Is Issued

The National Association of Peer Specialists (NAPS) has posted a “working draft” of national standards for peer support providers on the NAPS website and is seeking reactions. According to the “Call for Collaboration” posted on the site, “A growing number of peer supporters have expressed strong interest in establishing national standards . . .” A “Draft Statement of Values, Ethics, Competencies, and Practice Standards for Peer Support Providers” is also available on the site. NAPS is hoping for input from all stakeholders, “especially those who are working in the field as peer support providers (or peer specialists), according to a NAPS spokesperson. “At this point, we're just looking for reactions . . . thoughts about the draft . . . people/organizations who are interested in participating . . . as well as those who are completely against it.” The documents, a survey, and a link to the NAPS Facebook page are available at the following link: http://na4ps.wordpress.com/national-standards/.

Source: http://na4ps.wordpress.com/

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Journal Seeks Manuscripts from Individuals with Psychiatric Histories for a Special Section

The Journal of Progressive Human Services has issued a call for papers from individuals with lived experience of the mental health system for a special section about “the experience of mental health consumers/survivors and the various issues faced by members of this oppressed population. We are encouraging contributions by consumers, providers and allies on a range of issues relevant to this broad topic.” There is a (flexible) 6,000-word maximum length – no minimum – and papers should be double-spaced throughout, including references, according to co-editor Marcia B. Cohen, Ph.D. Seven suggested topics are provided at the source below. “Authors are strongly encouraged to submit manuscripts electronically” to Marcia B. Cohen mcohen@une.edu. The deadline has been extended to January 1, 2013.

Source: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/cfp/wphscfp2.pdf
Thanks to Beckie Child and Nev Jones

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New Voters’ Guide Available from Mental Health America

Mental Health America has created a web page geared toward voter empowerment. “With all of the changes in health care and voting laws happening at the state and federal level, it’s more important than ever for the mental health community to be involved in this year’s election,” the website notes. “We have prepared this voter guide to help mental health advocates ensure that people with mental health and substance use conditions feel empowered and able to vote; that candidates at the federal, state, and local levels are considering the concerns of the mental health community; and to encourage all voters to ultimately Vote for America’s Mental Health in 2012.” The guide is available at the source below.

Source: http://takeaction.mentalhealthamerica.net/site/PageServer?pagename=elections_campaign

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2013 Paul G. Hearne AAPD Leadership Awards Seeks Applications

“This year, AAPD (American Association of People with Disabilities) will once again recognize outstanding individuals personifying leadership, advocacy, and dedication to and for the disability community at large. Two individuals, emerging as leaders in the cross-disability civil rights movement, will each receive $10,000 to help them continue their progress as leaders and further connect their work with the national grassroots of AAPD. The recipients of the 2013 Hearne Leadership Awards will also have an opportunity to meet and network with national disability leaders at the AAPD Leadership Gala in Washington, D.C., in March 2013. U.S. residents with any type of disability are eligible to apply.” Submissions are due by Nov. 5, 2012, at 5 p.m. ET. For more information and to apply, see the source below.

Source: http://www.aapd.com/leadershipawards
Thanks to Lynn Keltz

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Host Your Own Radio Show and/or Write Your Own Newsletter Blog!

Do you have something to say and want to get your message out there on the airwaves and online? You can learn how to host your own radio show at Blog Talk Radio – no technical expertise is needed, according to the site, available at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/defaultpii2e – and/or start your own newsletter blog at How to Write a Newsletter Blog http://www.howtowriteanewsletter.com/blog/.

Source: The Surviving Spirit Newsletter September 2012 http://www.survivingspirit.com

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New Website Works to Connect Mental Health Researchers and Participants

WeSearchTogether, a partnership between the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), has announced the national launch of a website devoted to connecting mental health researchers and participants: http://www.WeSearchTogether.org. According to a press release, the purpose of the website is to help researchers engage adequate numbers of participants in mood disorder research studies. “The pace of research is being slowed down by a lack of research participants. WeSearchTogether.org will help foster communication, trust, and bridge the gap between potential participants – many of whom have legitimate questions about their involvement – and researchers,” said John Greden, M.D., founding chair of the National Network of Depression Centers and executive director of the University of Michigan Depression Center. “WeSearchTogether lays the groundwork to promote meaningful research responsive to the needs and concerns of people living with mood disorders, on a national level,” said DBSA president Allen Doerderlein.

Source: https://www.wesearchtogether.org/PDFs/WeSearch%20Press%20Release4-27-12.pdf

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SAMHSA Awards up to $2.3 Million in Statewide Consumer Network Grants

Eleven new statewide consumer networks will receive grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to “strengthen coalitions among consumers, peers, policymakers and service providers,” according to a SAMHSA press release. Grantees will receive up to $70,000 per year for up to three years. The grant recipients are SC SHARE (West Columbus, S.C.), Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. (Wethersfield, Conn.), Mental Health Empowerment Project (Albany, N.Y.), Wings Across Alabama (Montgomery, Ala.), South Dakota United for Hope and Recovery (Rapid City, S.D.), Alaska Peer Support Consortium (Anchorage, Alaska), Amistad, Inc. (Portland, Maine), NAMI Texas (Austin, Tex.), Fresh Start of Miami-Dade (Miami Gardens, Fla.), Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for Adults (Wichita, Kans.), and Grassroots Empowerment project, Inc. (Madison, Wisc.).

Source: http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1209122358.aspx

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Website Offers Warning Signs for Individuals in Therapy or Considering Therapy

The Good Therapy website http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/warning-signs-of-bad-therapy/ offers a list of 50 “significant red flags and important information for anyone in therapy or considering therapy. If any of the following red flags appear during the course of your counseling, it may be time to reevaluate your counselor or therapist. Should you recognize one of these red flags, the first step, in most cases, is to discuss your concern with your counselor. Try talking candidly about what’s bothering you. A good therapist should be open and willing to understand your concerns. If your counselor doesn’t take your concerns seriously or is unwilling to accept feedback, then it’s probably in your best interest to consult with another therapist about it.” The warning signs vary in importance, from serious violations of ethical standards to mere annoyances.

Source: The Surviving Spirit Newsletter September 2012 http://www.survivingspirit.com/

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Video Project Seeks to Capture Stories of Hope and Success

If you have a story to tell and are attending Alternatives 2012 (Oct. 10-14 in Portland, Oregon), you can tell it to Pat Deegan and Associates, who will be taping stories of recovery at the conference. “We are conducting a new video project to capture stories of hope and success that will be shared with people who are new to mental health services or to share with people who are struggling to remain hopeful,” Melody Riefer writes. “We are looking for a few people who are willing to share a ‘how to’ story about their recovery. We are looking for a few people who are willing to share the steps they have taken to become successful parents or students or business owners or musicians . . . or whatever you do in your success. We are looking for a few people who are willing to talk about how they got healthy, overcame lethargy, weight gain, addiction, or chronic illness.” If you will be at Alternatives and want to learn more about this, contact Melody Riefer at video@patdeegan.com.

Source: https://www.patdeegan.com/

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Human Rights Rally and March to Take Place in NYC on Oct. 6, 2012

A coalition of mental health human rights organizations is sponsoring a march and rally in New York City on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. The event – whose theme is “Freedom from Forced Treatment and Abuse in the Mental Health System” – will begin at noon at 1 UN Plaza (across the street from the UN), and will continue with a march to the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, 7th Avenue and 53rd Street, where the American Psychiatric Association will be convening its 64th Institute on Psychiatric Services. The march and rally are sponsored by the Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, MindFreedom International, PsychRights, the Icarus Project, We the People and other rights organizations. For more information, contact Daniel Hazen at danhazeus@yahoo.com or 518-932-3137, or Harry at nyc@mindfreedom.org.

Source: http://www.mindfreedom.org/as/act-archives/us/new-york/occupy-apa-nyc-2012

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You Are Invited to a Monthly National Networking Teleconference!

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse invites you to participate in our monthly national networking teleconferences, which usually take place the third Monday of every month at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, noon Central Time, 11 a.m. Mountain Time, and 10 a.m. Pacific Time. (If the third Monday is a holiday, the call will take place the fourth Monday.) The call-in number is 866-906-0123; the passcode is 5037195#. The purpose of the call is for peer movement leaders from around the U.S. to get together, share information, and “network.” Join us! The next call will take place on Monday, October 15, 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. IMPORTANT: If you join the call, please do not place it on “hold” because the “hold” function often triggers music or beeping that interferes with the ability of participants to hear. Thank you!

Source: http://www.mhselfhelp.org

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Do You Operate, or Know of, a Warm Line?

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse is assembling a list of warm lines around the country. If you operate or know of a warm line, please share this information with us by e-mailing info@mhselfhelp.org or calling 800-553-4539.

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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/contact, 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.

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About The Key Update

The Key Update is the free monthly e-newsletter of the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse Volume 9 No.3, September 2012, http://www.mhselfhelp.org

To subscribe send a message to: subscribe thekey. To unsubscribe send a message to: unsubscribe thekey. For content, reproduction or publication information, contact Susan Rogers at 215-751-1800 x288 or srogers@mhasp.org.