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July - August 2011 Newsletter

From the Director

Do you sometimes feel like you are on a roller coaster? These are challenging times and people with the lived experience of mental health recovery know hope and tenacity in challenging times. We thrive and always have despite overwhelming adversity…and I love that about us. Some of our NC statewide members are experiencing devastating budget cuts while some statewide members are expanding their services. For the next period of time we may expect continuing budget cuts so please re-consider innovative partnerships and collaborations that bring stakeholders together – for advocacy and/or funding. Extend your leadership by considering partnerships with organizations or agencies where federal money is protected, for example, the Veterans Administration. And consider working with your local or state cross-disability group with whom we share many policy priorities and values.

The NC will be focused on Medicaid reform, submitting Block Grant recommendations which are due July 18, 2011, and moving forward with electing our first Board of Directors. See www.ncmhr.org home page for more on voting. 

In May, we had our first-ever eCPR Facilitators’ Training in Alameda, CA (participants pictured below). It was a tremendously rewarding experience to learn together and begin to spread the skills of eCPR far and wide. 

May 2011 Facilitators’ Training, Alameda, CA
May 2011 Facilitators' Training, Alameda, CA

In June, we were delighted to have co-sponsored the Creating Connections through Dialogue conference in Beverly, MA. It was a fabulous convergence of diverse people, ideas, spirituality, and creativity—a model of the kinds of community we need more of in the world. See information on the conference presenters at: www.power2u.org/creating-connections-through-dialogue.html 
Stay tuned as videos of many presentations will be available soon.

On June 25, several NC members attended a press conference where SAMHSA announced its September 2011 National Recovery Month, and the first-ever National Wellness Week, which will take place from September 19-25, 2011. Click here for a video of Oryx Cohen, NEC TAC Director, introducing the Wellness Works initiative at the press conference. We invite you to submit your creative expressions on the theme of wellness! For more information and submission guidelines, see www.power2u.org/wellnessworks.html.

SAMHSA has also put together a toolkit for ideas for National Recovery Month. You can click here to check it out and get inspired!

Here’s wishing you a most glorious summer, and all the very best in your life and work.

In solidarity,

Lauren Spiro

Lauren Spiro

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Alternatives 2011 Registration Now Open

Plenary speakers will include Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Kinike Bermudez, a founding member of the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association; Timothy Ranney‐Blake, a performance artist who describes himself as “a gay African-American Viet Nam-era military veteran in recovery from insomnia, depression and suicidal ideation”; and representatives of several national organizations of youth with psychiatric disabilities – including MY LIFE, Youth ’N Action!, Youth MOVE National, Active Minds, and YOUTH POWER! – who will use personal stories, videos, music and performances to highlight the work of the nation’s leading youth advocates to improve systems, reduce prejudice and discrimination, and help other young people experiencing mental health challenges. There will be a pre-conference Carnival of the Arts on Oct. 26, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

To register, go to the Alternatives 2011 website at www.alternatives2011.org and click on “Registration” in the left-hand navigation bar, or go directly to: www.alternatives2011.org/announcements/category/registration-july.

Consumer-Operated Services Evidence-Based Practice Kit Now Available from SAMHSA

Provides tools for developing mental health services that are owned and operated by people who have personal experience living with mental health issues. Offers guidance grounded in evidence-based practices. Free CD-ROM/DVD includes 10 booklets. Click here to order the kit.

New Organizational Sustainability Training Available

The CAFÉ TA Center has created a two-part training on organizational sustainability. Organizational Sustainability, Part 1 is an overview of current trends in the nonprofit arena and the impact these could have on consumer run organizations. The presentation also builds a base of understanding for organizational leaders and partners that will enable them to effectively begin a sustainability process to build the capacity and longevity of their organization.
To view Organizational Sustainability, Part 1 follow this link!

New Online Training: Getting a Degree through Supported Education

Too often, individuals with mental health challenges have difficulty succeeding in a post-secondary educational environment. With the onset of psychiatric symptoms often occurring in late adolescence and early adulthood, many people find their education interrupted, and consumers often have a desire to return to their higher education later in life. Supported education offers a means for consumers to share in the professional success and sense of empowerment that comes with educational achievement. You can view Getting a Degree through Supported Education on the CAFE TAC website by following this link

Latest Madness Radio Show Online
Madness Radio: Living With Voices Ron Coleman

Click here to listen to the show.
Are voices real -- or are they just auditory hallucinations and sign of mental illness? Is it best to try to control and get rid of voices -- or listen and discover their meaning? After being sexually abused by a priest and in grief at the death of his first wife, Scottish advocate Ron Coleman started hearing voices, was labeled a chronic schizophrenic and spent six years in psychiatric hospitals. Ron describes his remarkable recovery, and how he became a renowned teacher and leading trainer with the Hearing Voices movement in the UK. www.workingtorecovery.co.uk/

Daniel Mackler's Documentaries on Non-Medical Approaches to Recovery

Trailers for Daniel Mackler's new films on alternative methods for recovering from psychosis, Open Dialogue," and "Healing Homes," can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp-YMJFUtn4 and www.youtube.com/user/dmackler58#p/a/u/1/aBjIvnRFja4.Click here to read Mackler's comments on making the film "Open Dialogue" about the alternative treatment offered to individuals with psychosis in western Lapland, often without medications.


July 14, 2011, 3:00 – 4:30 pm EST

Webinar: Addiction, Mental Health, and Health Care Integration and Prevention

The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR), Faces & Voices of Recovery (Faces & Voices), and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) jointly present the third in a series of Webinars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its implementation in the states.

This Webinar will give advocates and leaders in the recovery, consumer, and family communities the information they need to interact effectively with state legislators, administrators, and others trying to improve the delivery of health services in their states. 

To register, go to: www.mymeetings.com/emeet/rsvp/index.jsp?customHeader=mymeetings&Conference_ID=3091893&passcode=1554360

You must register ahead of time to gain admission to the Webinar.

Mohini Venkatesh, National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
Charles Willis, Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network
Neil Kaltenecker, Georgia Substance Abuse Council

This Webinar series is coordinated by Affirma Solutions, Inc., under a contract with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

August 10, 2011, 11:00 am PST (2:00 PM EST)

Webinar: Banking Fundamentals: Checking & Savings Accounts

Presented by the Peerlink Technical Assistance Center
This webinar will explain how to open an account with a bank and will give suggestions on questions you should ask before opening an account. Participants who have a damaged record with a bank will also learn how the system works and steps to remedy your situation. This webinar will be the first in a series of Money Basics Webinars that will focus on financial literacy.

Registration is available through your email invitation. If you did not receive an email invitation, please email us at rsvppeerlink@gmail.com. Please login to both the web and phone at time of meeting.
Web Access – www.readytalk.com / Login 8200138
Phone Access - 1-866-305-2467 / Pin: 518298

For more information: www.peerlink.us    email: peerlinkta@gmail.com        
Tel: 1.888.820.0138; 503.922.2377

August 22-24, 2011

National Association of Peer Specialists 2011 Conference Raleigh, North Carolina

Workshop proposals due June 10, 2011 Scholarships due May 10, 2011 More info on the website at: www.naops.org/

September 7-11, 2011

NARPA - National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy Conference

To be held in Philadelphia. Click here for more information.

September 18-21, 2011

Second International Research Conference on Community Inclusion Of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities

Sponsored by The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities.
This conference is a must for persons in recovery, researchers, administrators, policymakers, funders, providers, family members, students, advocates and others who are interested in cutting edge research and innovative practices that promote community integration and broaden community participation. Join us! Click here for more information on consumer scholarships (PDF, 92KB, 3 pages).

October 26 - 30, 2011

Alternatives 2011 to be Held in Orlando, FL

Alternatives 2011, the annual national conference organized by and for individuals with psychiatric histories, will be held from Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, through Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at the Caribe Royale Orlando in Orlando, Fla. Alternatives 2011 is being organized by the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, a peer-run national technical assistance center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services. www.alternatives2011.org

November 3-4, 2011

INTAR (International Network Toward Alternatives for Recovery) Challenging Our Understanding of Psychosis and Exploring Alternatives for Recovery

University of Toronto, Hart House - For more information: Call Brian McKinnon at 416-285-7996, Ext. 227 or email bmckinnon@alternativestoronto.org

The purpose of the NCN is to share information that is consistent with our mission and values and that is significant for our constituency. The information above does not constitute an endorsement of any particular organization.