May 2010 Newsletter
From the Director
Since 1949, May has been observed as Mental Health Month throughout the United States. The theme for this year is “Live Your Life Well.” The theme encourages us to promote whole health and wellness in all our communities (work, home, school), and to inform ourselves and others about strategies for well-being and healing.
This year’s theme aligns perfectly with the mission and vision of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery. Our public policy priorities for this year address the major issues that promote mental health recovery: access to peer-run alternatives to hospitalization; trauma-informed, holistic services and supports; access to safe and affordable housing, reform of the Food and Drug Administration and limit pharmaceutical industry influence on policy and practice.
Emotional CPR (eCPR), the Coalition’s public health education program, was initially designed for people experiencing an emotional crisis, but people are applying the principles and practices to all relationships and to anyone experiencing any degree of distress. There is great excitement about eCPR. People report that it is also a tool for mindful communication and a way to encourage each other to live our lives well. Please consider joining an upcoming eCPR training, or contacting us to schedule a training near you.
Thank you, and may you live your life well every day.
NC Submits Comments on Parity
Parity for voluntary services is one of the National Coalition’s 2010 public policy priorities. The Coaltion's comments on the Interim Final Rules under the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 were sent in May 3, 2010 to the Department of the Treasury, Department of Labor & Department of Health and Human Services. Thank you to all NCMHR members who sent in feedback. To read the letter, click here (PDF, 126KB, 6 pages).
NC Co-Sponsors Rosalynn Carter Book Event at the Library of Congress
On May 5, former First Lady Mrs. Rosalynn Carter gave a moving presentation about her new book, Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis. The book promotes the concept of mental health recovery and one of the chapters documents the achievements of the consumer movement. To learn more about the book, click here.
Act Now to Increase Funding for the Federal Mental Health Block Grant!
Advocate for a $100 million increase in MHBG and take this opportunity to also advocate that a portion of the MHBG funds be allocated to consumer-run organizations. Consumer-run organizations provide a critical and essential role in the continuum of care by providing unique services AND reaching many people who are not linked into traditional services. Please contact your US Senator at 888-876-6242 and your House member at 800-828-0498 and leave the following message: “I’m a registered voter from (your locality) calling to urge you to increase funding for the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant by $100 million in the fiscal year Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.”
DOJ: Pharmaceutical Giant AstraZeneca to Pay $520 Million for Off-label Drug Marketing
AstraZeneca LP and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP will pay $520 million to resolve allegations that AstraZeneca illegally marketed the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel for uses not approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…To read the full press release, click here.
New book by Robert Whitaker Takes on the “Mental Illness Industry”
Anatomy of an Epidemic: The Hidden Damages of Psychiatric Drugs, the new book by Robert Whitaker, award-winning journalist and author of Mad in America, investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of adults and children disabled by mental illness skyrocketed over the past fifty years? Click here to read an interview with Salon.com, a Time.com review, and a great interview with Bruce Levine.
New Report of Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI): Documents Human Rights Abuses at the Judge Rotenberg Center
MDRI’s latest report, Torture not Treatment: Electric Shock and Long-Term Restraint in the United States on Children and Adults with Disabilities at the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC), documents the use of electric shocks on the legs, arms, torsos and soles of feet of people with disabilities – for weeks, months and sometimes years.
Latest Madness Radio: Mary Olson – Open Dialog
Smith College social worker and Fullbright scholar Mary Olson discusses the innovative work of Jaakko Seikkula's Open Dialog Approach in Finland, which has achieved dramatic success helping people through extreme states labeled 'psychosis' and 'schizophrenia' -- while relying much less on medication and hospitalization. Click here to listen to the show.
Mad Pride Radio: Live from PsychOut Conference
You are invited to a special one-hour live call-in show from the site of an international conference in Toronto, Oregon: PsychOut: A Conference for Organizing Resistance Against Psychiatry. Host David W. Oaks will interview psychiatric survivors and allied activists internationally, and invite your calls. Click here for more information.
SAMHSA 10x10 Wellness Campaign Training Teleconference: New Frontiers in Smoking Cessation to Support Wellness among People with Mental Health Problems
May 26, 2010, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. EST
How can we increase awareness of the latest and most effective tobacco cessation tools, initiatives, and services specifically designed for mental health consumers and those working in mental health settings? To learn more and to register, please visit the following page: www.esi-bethesda.com/10x10teleconference. Registration will close at 5:00 p.m., ET, on Wednesday, May 19, 2010.
This teleconference is sponsored by the SAMHSA 10x10 Wellness Campaign, a project of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). CMHS is a center within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Wellness Coaching – 5 Day Intensive at the Jersey Shore
August 23-27, 2010 or September 20-24, 2010
This training will educate mental health service providers (both peers and non-peers) on wellness coaching techniques to help individuals with mental illnesses link to primary health care and health promotion activities. This training creates a new role that addresses health and wellness needs from a self-management perspective. To learn more about this training opportunity, click here (PDF, 142KB, 3 pages). Source: NYAPRS Enews
Raising Our Voices Speaking Our Truths: 2nd World Hearing Voices Congress & Festival
November 3-4, 2010, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire.
The meeting and Congress details can be found and downloaded here (PDF, 160KB, 2 pages). If you are interested in presenting a workshop please submit a brief paper (500 words maximum) outlining your ideas by 14th May 2010.
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