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Choosing Hope Recovery, Self-Determination, and Peer Support

Paolo del Vecchio, MSW Acting Director, Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Choosing Hope Recovery, Self-Determination, and Peer Support (PowerPoint, 8.85MB)

Finding Our Voice: How Consumer/Survivor Advocacy is Transforming Mental Health Care"

Finding Our Voice: By Daniel Fisher and Lauren Spiro (PDF, 23.6MB, 21 pages)

Peers ‘who have been there’  guide recovery

Article discussing the role of the peer support movement, in Portland OR, and beyond. Click here to read the article.

Dan Fisher, representing the National Coalition in Iceland, shares our values of recovery on TV

Dan Fisher and Lauren Spiro Speak about Emotional CPR and Recovery on "Mental Health Matters" Television

The National Coalition addresses Promoting Wellness on the Individual Level

An excerpt from the SAMHSA/CMHS Wellness Summit focused on reducing co-morbidity and early mortality of people with mental illness. Rockville, Maryland, September 17-18, 2007...

Each individual's life depends on the society they live in and the services and supports that are available to them. To frame the co-morbidity and early mortality rate as simply a medical issue is not only inaccurate but an injustice to everyone. The problem of co-morbidity and early mortality is an indicator of a broken system within a broken society. The coalition was formed because the survival of our brothers and sisters is being threatened by the oppressive policies, services and attitudes of the system and of society. We die young because we have no hope. We die young because our dreams have been crushed. We die young because our voice is neither heard nor understood. We die young because many of us live in poverty, and some of us live on the streets. We die young because our physical health needs are routinely ignored, often because any problems we have are attributed to our mental illnesses. (click for entire talk)

Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care

The Foundation's mission is to promote better mental health outcomes. We do so by identifying, developing, and sharing knowledge with the public about mental health care that best helps people recover and live well in society. We promote improvements in mental health care by sponsoring research and the development of programs designed to help people thrive--physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. Click to visit Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care.

Speaking from Your Heart: Public Speaking and the Path to Recovery

This webcast, developed by NCMHR, and presented by Daniel Fisher, Lauren Spiro, and Dally Sanchez will:

  • Provide information on the value of public speaking as a recovery and educational tool. 
  • Provide information on self disclosure as a recovery and educational tool.
  • Provide introductory skills and tips in preparing to share one’s personal story.

To read a full description of the webcast, click here: http://promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/CBHR/webcasts/SpeakingfromtheHeart.aspx?printid=1&
To access the Webcast please click on the following link; http://http-video.macrointernational.com/asf2/4CMHR/09-0819_ADSwebcast-FromTheHeart_FINAL.asx.
To access the PowerPoint presentation used in the Webcast please download one of the following files:

Open Dialogue Resources on the Web

The Open Dialog method has the best reported outcomes for any method of assisting those who are beginning to show “psychotic symptoms.” Rather than relying primarily on medications, it aims to facilitate dialog throughout a person’s close social network. Click here for a list of links compiled by Ron Unger, LCSW.

The Evolution of the Concept of Recovery by Daniel Fisher

Recently I overheard two senior mental health officials discussing recovery. One said, “I think recovery is a very important concept.” The other replied, “I agree,” and then he whispered, “But what is it?”

Indeed, we have a field and a society that have been highlighting the importance of recovery—and that have had little agreement about its meaning.

The New Freedom Commission stated: “We see a future when everyone with a mental illness will recover.” This vision has inspired many to advocate for recovery at the state and national levels. In 2006, SAMHSA published the 10 Components of Recovery. The Recovery to Practice initiative represents the next step in implementing recovery.

In this new era of healthcare reform, however, we need a broader concept of recovery... [To read the entire article, click here]

The Emergence of a Collective Recovery Consciousness: L’esprit de Liberation, Recobrar la Vida - By Lauren Spiro and Daniel Fisher - October 2009 [Also available as a PDF (66KB, 5 pages)

Consensus Definition of Recovery and 10 Fundamental Components (SAMHSA Brochure)

From Dream to Reality: How Consumers are Driving the Recovery Transformation (34 page PowerPoint presentation)

Take These Broken Wings: Recovery from Schizophrenia Without Medication

Enjoy these brief clips from the remarkable DVD documentary which chronicles the recovery story of best selling author Joanne Greenberg whose fictionalized memoir “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden” rocked the mental health world and placed schizophrenia front and center in public consciousness. The film also features the gripping psychotherapy and recovery of Catherine Penney. Their accounts are interwoven with interviews from internationally renowned giants in the field of schizophrenia recovery.

Joanne Greenberg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dddksUbXuVs

Catherine Penny http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnzIlwLDBY4

Peter Breggin M.D. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3d7bPcw5uM, Author Toxic Psychiatry

Daniel Mackler, LCSW http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN1yDZqibQQ

Robert Whitaker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73Dx_uuyXYk, Author Mad in America

Danielle Knafo Ph.D. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9B0Mvo1BGg

Bertran Karon Ph.D. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj8Kcj1BAno, Author Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia: Treatment of Choice

Ann Silver M.D. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lRk3Mc_u-Q

Daniel Dorman, M.D. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6rsF6w7Ixk

Click here to visit the National Empowerment Center Store for more on Take These Broken Wings.

For more on the subject visit www.iraresoul.com, the web site of Daniel Mackler LCSW the film’s director.