Key Update: November 2012
Volume 9, Number 5


News and Alerts

CDC Provides Social Media Tools, Guidelines and Best Practices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers free toolkits to aid in the planning, development, and implementation of social media activities. These include a “Social Media Toolkit” to “help you get started using social media” and the CDC’s “Guide to Writing for Social Media.” The latter publication is intended “to help you write more effectively using multiple social media channels, particularly Facebook, Twitter, and mobile phone text messaging. The guide is intended for a beginner audience, although some readers with an intermediate level may find it useful too.” The toolkit and guide are available at http://www.cdc.gov/SocialMedia/Tools/guidelines/.

Source: http://nphic.org/members-area/professional-development/trainings

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Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation to Host Two Webinars

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation will host two one-hour webinars in early December. The first, “Anti-stigma Peer-led Photovoice (ASP) Intervention for Persons in Recovery from Serious Mental Health Conditions,” on Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. ET, will cover the “development and testing of a new peer-led group intervention employing a photography-based methodology … [which] decreased participants’ internalized stigma, increased their capacity to cope proactively with public stigma and to feel more empowered to engage in community activism, and promoted their overall level of recovery.” The second webinar, “Training for Peer Specialists to Provide Vocational Supports,” will take place on Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. ET. “This webinar will describe the Vocational Peer Support (VPS) Training Curriculum and anecdotal experiences from five pilot trainings across the United States.” Participants will learn skills “to support others to choose, get and keep meaningful education or employment.” According to the promotional material, the program “does not duplicate services currently offered by employment specialists, rehabilitation counselors, etc.” There is a $10 registration fee for each of the webinars. To register or for more information, click on the source below.

Source: http://cpr.bu.edu/develop/webinar.

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NCIL Issues Call for Workshop Proposals for 2013 Conference

The National Council on Independent Living is soliciting workshop proposals for its 2013 Annual Conference on Independent Living, to be held July 24-27 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 8, 2013. For more information or to submit a proposal, click on the source below.

Source: http://www.ncil.org/2013-annual-conference-on-independent-living
Thanks to Lauren Spiro

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Study on Recovering from Mental Health Issues Without Medication Seeks Participants

Ohio State University researchers are inviting individuals in recovery who have a psychiatric diagnosis and who have not used psychotropic medication in the past year to complete a 30-minute online survey. “It is hoped that the findings from this research will assist helping professionals to further understand the natural recovery process….Such knowledge will be of immense value to the design of complementary, [empowering and cost-effective] behavioral [health] treatments and programs for people who were given a mental health diagnosis.” For more information or to participate, see the source below.

Source: https://survey.csw.ohio-state.edu/limesurvey/index.php?sid=36192&lang=en
Thanks to Oryx Cohen

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DBSA Annual Conference to Be Held June 14-16, 2013

The 2013 national conference of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, whose theme is “Stronger Together,” will take place June 14-16 at the Hilton Miami Downtown in Miami, Florida. The keynote speakers will include distinguished researcher Priscilla Ridgway, Ph.D.; Victoria Maxwell, author of the one-woman show “Crazy for Life”; and others. For more information or to register, see the source below or contact DBSA programs coordinator Whitney Holmes at 312-988-1178 or wholmes@DBSAlliance.org.

Source: http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=conference2013_home

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Free Webinar Offered to Help Organizations Develop Strategies to Help Smokers Quit

A free, one-hour smoking cessation webinar will be held on Dec. 6, 2012, at 4 p.m. ET. The webinar – “e-Quit: An Introduction to Web-Based Smoking Cessation Resources” – will provide an overview of the current evidence-based tobacco dependence treatments, including online and mobile resources; an introduction to the features of free web-based quit-smoking resources such as http://www.becomeanex.org; and other free or low-cost resources to promote quitting smoking. The webinar has been organized by C-Change (a USAID-funded project to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of social and behavior change communication), and the American Legacy Foundation (a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preventing teen smoking and encouraging smokers to quit). More information and registration are available at https://researchtoreality.cancer.gov/node/1062. If additional evidence of the perils of smoking is needed, King’s College London researchers recently reviewed nearly nine thousand people over the age of 50 and found “a ‘consistent association’ between smoking and lower scores on mental skills’ tests,” BBC News reported on Nov. 25. The study has been published in the journal Age and Ageing.

Sources: http://smokingcessationleadership.ucsf.edu/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20463363

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Fact Sheets Provide Information on the Role of Medicaid for Adults with Long-Term Health Conditions

The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured has developed a report and several fact sheets on the role of Medicaid for adults with long-term conditions, including individuals with behavioral health conditions, as well as individuals with diabetes, respiratory disease and cardiovascular diseases, respectively. “The reports show that, despite relatively high prevalence of chronic conditions and, correspondingly, relatively high spending and utilization rates, Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic illness report better access to care than their uninsured counterparts, many of whom may become eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.” Understanding the current and future role of Medicaid for adults with long-term conditions can “aid policymakers in designing programs to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of enrollees.” The report and fact sheets are available at the source below.

Source: http://www.kff.org/medicaid/8383.cfm
Thanks to Fran Hazam

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Policy Paper Available on Why People in Jail “Pending Disposition” Should Qualify for Medicaid

A new policy paper coming out of George Washington University offers 10 reasons why people who have not been convicted of crimes but are in jail, possibly because they can’t make bail, should qualify for Medicaid. The paper notes that, while the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion provision offers an opportunity to cover “very low-income adults, many of whom have significant medical and behavioral health issues that make them particularly susceptible to criminal justice involvement,” current federal law bars these individuals from getting Medicaid coverage “while in custody pending disposition, even if they otherwise qualify for Medicaid.” In other words, they are “excluded from a comprehensive health program based on their place of residence.” The document points out that extending such coverage to these individuals would benefit both them and the community.

Source: http://sphhs.gwu.edu/departments/healthpolicy/publications/DHP%20Report%20Regenstein%2010%20reasons%20November%206.pdf
Thanks to NYAPRS Enews

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Two Video Campaigns Offer Hope for Recovery to Those Who Need It

Two web-based video projects offer stories of recovery from mental health conditions, to help individuals who may be struggling to find hope. The “I Got Better” campaign was created by MindFreedom International and includes videos, written stories, and “data on hope and hopelessness in mental health care.” Videos, written stories, and instructions on how to share your own story are available on the MindFreedom International website (see the first of the sources below). Another national campaign, Half of Us, strives to raise awareness of mental health issues on college campuses. The site features well-known musicians, actors, poets, artists, college students and veterans who have experienced mental health conditions. Half of Us also encourages people to share their stories. The website is available at the second source below.

Sources: http://www.mindfreedom.org/campaign/i-got-better/igb-launch
http://www.halfofus.com/
Thanks to Erin Bascug

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Copeland Center Hosts “WRAP and Loneliness” Webinar

The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery will host a webinar on WRAP and Loneliness on Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. ET. The presenter, an advanced level WRAP facilitator, will explore “definitions of loneliness, images of loneliness, what loneliness means to you, why people may avoid you, how to use wellness tools to relieve loneliness, how to enjoy time alone, looking at your strengths, and how to have mutual relationships.” To register or for more information, see the source below.

Source: http://copelandcenter.com/sessions/wrap-and-loneliness

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SAMHSA Releases Community Action Guide to Help Children Whose Caregivers Have Mental Health Problems

A new guide to help advocates, service providers and the community assist “children whose caregivers are negatively impacted by mental illness, substance abuse, or trauma” has been published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The guide, “Supporting Infants, Toddlers, and Families Impacted by Caregiver Mental Health Problems, Substance Abuse, and Trauma: A Community Action Guide,” uses a case study approach. It is available for free download at http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA12-4726/SMA12-4726.pdf.

Source: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Supporting-Infants-Toddlers-and-Families-Impacted-by-Caregiver-Mental-Health-Problems-Substance-Abuse-and-Trauma/SMA12-4726

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SAMHSA Announces 2012 Campaign for Social Inclusion State Award Winners

On November 27, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the five winners of its 2012 Campaign for Social Inclusion Awards, whose focus is “to increase awareness of behavioral health and of mental health and/or addiction recovery among young adults who have experienced trauma; among Hispanic/Latino, African-American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, or American Indian young adults; and/or among general population young adults. Each of the five peer-run organizations will receive $24,000 for statewide and community-based efforts. Working to increase awareness uniquely in five different states, each of these efforts will promote and expand the What a Difference a Friend Makes campaign, which has worked to boost social inclusion of 18- to 25-year-olds experiencing behavioral health problems.” The five recipients are The Heartland Consumer Network in St. Louis, Missouri; the North Carolina Mental Health Consumers’ Organization; the Ohio Empowerment Coalition/Ohio Legacy Council; South Dakota United for Hope & Recovery; and The Transformation Center in Massachusetts. To learn more, see the source below.

Source: http://whatadifference.samhsa.gov/

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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 national holiday, the call will take place the fourth Monday.) 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 next call will take place on Monday, December 17, 2012, 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.

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.5, November 2012, http://www.mhselfhelp.org

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