Certified Peer Specialists celebrated in Georgia
Activist consumers celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Georgia Mental Health Consumers Network (GMHCN) with announcements of an expansion in training programs for peer services, housing initiatives, and plans for ending segregation in transportation services. []
Highlights of USPRA/2011
USPRA.jpgUSPRA's 36th annual conference brought people from 14 countries to Boston to learn about the evidence-based initiatives contributing to recovery programs. With an overcapacity interest, and 500 people eager to learn about programs for homeless vets, there was something for everyone. []
Virginia Advocate's Supreme Court Success No Guarantee
Cheers last month for a Supreme Court decision allowing a state agency in Virginia to sue in federal courts may have been premature. In a 6 to 2 decision, the Court did not require Virginia to turn over documents related to neglect, abuse, suspicious deaths, or other violations that first sparked the case. Staff writer Angela Wilson explains. . . []
An attitude of gratitude
. . .promotes mental health []
Within our Reach, by Rosalynn Carter
Withinourreach.JPG Rosalynn Carter has been one of this generation's most consistently admired and respected advocates. The grace, compassion and wisdom that Dr. Lisa Dixon describes in her insightful review of Within Our Reach help us understand why. []
Georgia's consumers list their priorities
. . . and get action []
Priorities for national reform, writes Ron Manderscheid
Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, of NACBHDD writes about "Implementing Service Improvements for Adults with Serious Mental Illness" On November 12 and 13, I served as convener and host for a major national meeting in Washington, D.C., designed to identify, build consensus, and prioritize needed improvements in services for adults with serious mental illness. The meeting, "National Action Meeting on Fostering System Reform for Adults with Serious Mental Illness", was convened because National Health Reform will provide a unique opportunity... []
Advocacy loses a pioneer: Gwill York Newman, 1932-2010
gwillnewman87x95.jpgAfter her son was diagnosed with schizophrenia, Gwill Newman became a fierce advocate as well as donor for research about the brain. . . []
Peer counselors support consumers in emergency rooms
. . .a service innovation []
Eve Oliphant, Cal. activist, died in Calif.
oliphant.jpegEve Oliphant, pioneer of family support and advocacy, died in northern Cal. two weeks shy of her 90th birthday. She had been ill with leukemia. Oliphant is a subject of the recently released PBS documentary. . . []
Rosalynn Carter active during mental health month
Since 1949, May has traditionally been set aside for "Mental Health Month" a time when advocates, book publishers, and not-for-profits are slotted into news coverage. This year bring attention to the publication of a new book by one of the nation's most respected and admired advocates for long over-due reform of mental health services, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Mrs. Carter has spent nearly 50 years as a spokesperson, and she is now touring. . . []
PBS airs documentary during Mental Illness Awareness month
A documentary about the origins of family advocacy in the 1970s when psychiatry blamed parents for schizophrenia will play on PBS stations throughout May. Released by imageReal, When Medicine Got it Wrong traces the family advocacy movement. . . []
Death of Harriet Shetler, NAMI founder
Harriet Shetler, a pioneer in the family advocacy movement, died yesterday in Wisconsin. . . []
Judge scolds NY: adult homes unacceptable
A New York judge ruled that adult homes are unacceptable when it comes to finding the least restrictive housing for people with a mental illness. Within four years all current residents must be afforded a placement . . . []
Patrick Kennedy explains decision not to seek re-election
Rep. Patrick Kennedy announced he will return to private life after representing Rhode Island for 15 years. Kennedy was open about his own addictive and mental health disorders, and tenacious in the fight to end discrimination. . . []
The first conference sponsored by consumer/survivors was held in 1972.
Click here to download a pdf of The History of the Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Movement.... []
Death of Judi Chamberlin, consumer activist and author
Judi Chamberlin, a pioneer for consumer choice, died after a long illness in Boston, Mass. As a result of how she was treated for depression in the 1960s, with voluntary and involuntary hospitalizations, . . . []
Clubhouses spared in Mass.
In the last month, hundreds of advocates rallied, and state legislators appealed to the governor, to spare Mass. clubhouses from the budget ax. "Our demonstrators were heard," said a spokesperson . . . []
Anti-stigma campaign draws millions
Screen and stage star Glenn Close, and an advocate for people with mental illness, is the moving force behind a public awareness campaign to undue stigma. . . []
Congratulations David Oaks
david-w-oaks.jpg David Oaks, founder of Mind Freedom International, was named one of Utne Reader's 50 visionaries changing the world. . . []
Depression screening during Mental Illness Awareness Week
Depression screening will be a center piece to Mental Illness Awareness Week. Follow-up reports to screening leads organizers to believe it led to treatment that might not have been pursued. The kickoff took place with a symposium on military mental health in Washington. Elsewhere. . . []
Mental Illness Awareness week was first proclaimed by Pres. George Bush 20 years ago.
Read the proclamation signed 20 years ago, Sep. 29, 1989. This year Mental Illness Awareness week will be observed Oct. 4-11.... []
Thought parity was a done deal?
. . .Think again []
Court to New York: stop segregating mentally ill residents
. . .addressing wrongs []
The loss of Sen. Edward Kennedy
Sadness crosses the nation mourning the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009), passionate advocate for education, racial harmony, and for reforming labor and health laws. Kennedy's lifetime commitment. . . []

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