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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

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Brochures, Fact Sheets, Guides and Toolkits

Emotional CPR (eCPR) Participant Workbook, National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery
This workbook was developed for people to use to learn how to provide Emotional CPR (eCPR), which is defined at the National Empowerment Center Web site as ?a public health education program designed to teach people the skills to assist others through emotional crisis and regain a sense of hope and purpose in their lives? (2012, The workbook is to be used as part of eCPR training. It covers the values of eCPR, its key components, and exercises people can do to practice providing eCPR. People who may find eCPR a useful technique include professionals in law enforcement and mental health, peers, and friends and family members of people who may be in emotional crisis.

After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Yourself After Your Treatment in the Emergency Department
This brochure is designed for people who have made a suicide attempt for which they have gone to the emergency department of a hospital. It covers likely emotions and experiences; plans for follow-up care and what they should include; hospitalization; and planning for life after the attempt, including developing a safety plan, building a support system, and participating in peer support groups. The brochure also features a resource list for additional information and support. One resource listed is the free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, through which help is available at 1?800?273?TALK (1?800?273?8255).

What You Need to Know About Wellness Week
This fact sheet explains National Wellness Week, a part of the Wellness Initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Observed on the third week in September as part of National Recovery Month, National Wellness Week aims to heighten awareness of the importance of wellness and promote wellness among people with mental health and substance use problems. The fact sheet identifies the eight dimensions of wellness-emotional, financial, social, spiritual, occupational, physical, intellectual, and environmental-and explains the importance of wellness for all people, but especially for people with mental health and substance use problems, who may have lower levels of wellness in several of the eight dimensions. The fact sheet notes how some people and groups around the country have observed National Wellness Week; suggests ways for people to participate in the observance; and provides a range of resources that people can access for more information on wellness-related topics.

The Eight Dimensions of Wellness
A product of the Wellness Initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this flyer shows the eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, financial, social, spiritual, occupational, physical, intellectual, and environmental. It also provides an overview of SAMHSA?s Wellness Initiative and identifies a Web site from which people can learn more:

Health Insurance and Mental Health Services
This web page answers common questions about mental health services and health insurance, with a focus on changes due to implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). It describes expansions in services for mental health and substance use through the ACA, the Health Insurance Marketplace, how to follow up if you think your insurance plan is not meeting its requirements under the ACA, and the behavioral health coverage that Medicaid and Medicare provide. It also includes several links to resources for more information.

Consumer Cultural Activation Prompts (CAPs): A New Consumer Tool to Encourage Consumers to Let Providers Know About What Culturally Matters To Them
This presentation was part of a webinar by the STAR Center, a national technical assistance center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It introduces CAPs, which consumers of mental health and substance use services can use to identify aspects of their own culture and communicate these aspects to service providers. The webinar explores facets of cultural identity and associated CAPs, such as trauma related to cultural identity and cultural views of recovery. It also identifies ways CAPs could be used, including on a "cultural card" that consumers could use when seeking and obtaining care.

The Role of Peer Providers in Integrated Health
This webinar hosted by the National Council for Behavioral Health and SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions provides an overview and discussion of how behavioral health peer providers will have new opportunities in integrated health care systems. Speakers discuss the unique skills and strengths these individuals can bring to a care program, how agencies can integrate peer providers into their staff, and how studies have shown the significant value in having peer providers. Find webinar materials along with other archived webinars at:

Involuntary Outpatient Commitment Myths and Facts
Created by the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, this fact sheet evaluates current justifications for imposing involuntary outpatient commitment (IOC) on individuals and discusses how IOC outcomes have looked in practice. Costs and outcomes of IOC are compared to those of peer-run crisis respites, which cost less than a third of what IOC costs per day and have been shown in studies to be as effective as standard care. Other alternatives and their documented outcomes are also discussed, including supportive housing and mobile crisis services. The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and the National Disability Rights Network also contributed to this fact sheet.

Tips for Improving Your Memory After a Concussion
This list outlines 11 methods that individuals who have experienced a concussion can use to help them improve their disrupted memory and begin to learn new information. Difficulty in memory processing and other cognitive functions can be among the most challenging symptoms to cope with following a concussion as these can result in behaviors such as forgetting appointments and care information that then interfere with treatment. The strategies listed are meant to help alleviate and improve these symptoms and include writing down important items and creating a routine to follow as well as lifestyle changes such as avoiding stimulants and getting enough sleep.

Not Without Us (Video)
This video highlights the importance of choice, hope, and empowerment in recovery and the fact that recovery is possible. Video participants discuss their experiences of being told that they needed treatment and chemicals to balance their brains, and that then the rest of their life would follow suit. They share their belief that in fact, recovery is accomplished through working on all aspects of one's life. Psychiatric survivors share their stories of recovery and reclaiming their lives after moving away from the traditional treatment model.

The Past, Present, & Future of Federal Government's Commitment to Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Women
This webinar was hosted by the Women and Trauma Federal Partners Committee to introduce the work of the committee, highlight their initiative within the Peace Corps to have trauma-informed policies and procedures for staff and volunteers, and feature other valuable resources and publications for those looking to bring trauma-informed care and policies into their organizations and communities. The philosophy behind trauma-informed care and difficulties in bringing it into practice are discussed, along with tools and successful models that can help others to integrate these philosophies into their own practices.

Control the Conversation: Grassroots 101
This interactive tutorial serves as a guide for behavioral health leaders interested in developing skills to effectively communicate messages designed to educate their elected representatives about key issues. It discusses what to expect when meeting with a congressional staff member and highlights key points of interaction and setting up the meeting while also being successful in getting one's voice heard.

eCPR: A Health Promotion Approach
This article discusses Emotional CPR (eCPR) and the philosophy behind it, which emphasizes fostering a connection to help an individual as he or she is coping with a crisis, rather than trying to diagnose the individual when he or she discloses. The program was developed by people with lived experiences of mental health challenges and recovery who felt that connection and just having someone willing to listen were key factors in their recovery. This training teaches needed skills to help people support others in a compassionate, nonjudgmental manner in hopes that it can prevent the crisis from worsening and break potential cycles of isolation and distress.

Provided by the organization Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (P.E.E.R.S.), PEERS TV is an online collection of videos on mental health topics. Videos at PEERS TV include the organization's popular interview series Mental Health Matters, as well as other content produced by PEERS or from other organizations. Topics, which can be viewed in a menu on the right side of the PEERS TV landing page, include empowerment, spirituality, outreach, media, housing, and culture-specific videos.

Employment and Economic Self-Sufficiency Tool Kit
Based on consumer feedback, employment and financial self-sufficiency have been shown to be two vital aspects of recovery and social inclusion. As part of the WE Can Work campaign and WE Can Save campaign, the featured curricula on employment and economic self-sufficiency provide useful guidelines, peer-to-peer tips, and model resources run in New York for people with disabilities who wish to enter the workforce and also to save money. Also included is a video that features success stories of peers reentering the workforce.

State Laws Affecting the Voting Rights of People with Mental Disabilities
This table summarizes the voting laws, guardianship laws, mental health statutes, and developmental disability statutes for each State to help give individuals a better understanding of laws that can affect the voting rights of people with mental health problems.

Choose Work Blog, Ticket to Work
This blog covers a range of topics to support individuals with disabilities as they seek to become contributing members of the workforce, holding jobs, building careers, and gaining financial independence. It includes the Money Mondays entry series, which is posted every other Monday and provides helpful and timely information on managing expenses and debt, taking advantage of Work Incentives, and tips for budgeting and understanding tax returns and credits.

Information Technology Section of the National Empowerment Center Web Site
In this section of their Web site, the National Empowerment Center provides information and tools for peers and peer-run programs to learn more about the ever-changing areas of information technology and social networking. By better understanding these technologies, peers can use them to empower themselves, get information, receive social support, share their stories, and fundraise for their organizations.

Peer Support in Behavioral Health and Its Emerging Practice Standards
This Recovery to Practice Webinar is part of a 5-year project of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help implement findings of peer support research. As the field has grown, so too has the need for practice standards to ensure that recovery-oriented practices can be successfully implemented and become central components of all recovery programs. Presenters review the role of peer support, provide an update to the developing curriculum for peer supporters, and discuss the process of creating peer support standards and the implications these will have under the Affordable Care Act. The Webinar also includes discussion of a successful peer support program and a personal recovery story demonstrating the value of peer support.

Rural Behavioral Health Programs and Promising Practices
Based on a 2008 study of barriers to evaluating behavioral health practices in rural areas, this document highlights the importance of gathering and using data to improve programs, proving the effectiveness of services, and finding funding to enable continuation of programs. The document discusses the shift toward evidence-based practices (EBPs) in the behavioral health field and its effect on consumers, providers, researchers, and policymakers, as well as adaptation of EBPs to rural areas. This manual identifies innovative rural programs that may become EBPs and suggests steps and tools that existing organizations may use to improve their effectiveness. Key organizational issues discussed include staff hours, expertise, funding, and understanding of practices in addition to accessibility, availability, and acceptability for the individuals they serve.

A Practical Guide for People with Disabilities Who Want to Go to College
This guide seeks to assist individuals with disabilities who are considering pursuing higher education and to provide them with guidance as they navigate the various systems and processes of college applications, classes, and living arrangements. The guide offers basic information on what one's options are and what one may expect and encounter during this time in his or her life. It covers general information on supported education, or supports on campus and in the community to help people with mental health problems or physical disabilities to access educational opportunities. It also includes tips and describes practices to help individuals succeed as they overcome challenges associated with college while also coping with their disabilities in academic and social settings.

Putting Recovery at the Heart of All We Do
This brief guide provides an overview of values and principles of recovery-based services, as well as recovery-based practices and standards. It discusses ways to support individuals in moving toward health and wellness by focusing on their strengths and bringing value, hope, and meaning to their lives rather than focusing solely on pathology, symptoms, and illness.

Mental Health Reporting Fact Sheets
This fact sheet about the prevention of mental health problems is provided by the University of Washington's School of Social Work. It presents four prevention facts and information on genetic and environmental influences on mental health. It also includes links to additional resources that further explore methods of prevention associated with mental health.

National Practice Guidelines for Peer Supporters
The InterNational Association of Peer Supporters used input from more than 1,000 peer supporters provided via surveys and focus groups to develop this guide. The guide identifies 12 core values and describes ethical and practice guidelines for peer support practice based upon the foundation of these core values. It also covers standards of peer support and the development of the peer support workforce. There is a glossary of key terms at the end of the guide to serve as a reference for peer support specialists.

THRIVE: Community Tool for Health & Resilience In Vulnerable Environments
The Prevention Institute, with funding from the Office of Minority Health, part of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, developed and then recently updated this community health and resilience toolkit. The toolkit was designed to assist communities in reducing the inequalities that minorities have experienced and in attaining better health outcomes for all community members. To achieve these positive outcomes, the toolkit helps community members pinpoint issues that are contributing to disparities and learn how to take action to effect improvements.

Getting In, Out and Around: Overcoming Transportation Barriers to Community Integration
The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities recognizes efforts toward social inclusion, or full inclusion of people with mental health and substance use problems, or past lived experience of these problems, in community life. In this guide, the Collaborative highlights a vital aspect of participation in the community: transportation. Important topics associated with public transportation are discussed, including access and awareness. The guide includes tips for consumers and describes innovative transportation programs.

Community Conversations About Mental Health: Planning Guide
Developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Toolkit for Community Conversations about Mental Health helps people initiate community conversations about mental health and develop community-based solutions. The Planning Guide section explores ways people can begin conversations, raise awareness, and promote access to mental health services in their communities. It can be used as a complement to the Information Brief and Discussion Guide components of the toolkit.

Community Conversations About Mental Health: Discussion Guide
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration developed this discussion guide as part of its Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health. The discussion guide, a tool for use in holding community conversation meetings about mental health, includes discussion questions; tips for group facilitators, including help with how to respond to group participants; and a section on community solutions.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) for Veterans and People in the Military
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) has long been used as a tool for helping individuals manage life, adapt to challenges associated with mental health issues, and stay on a path of recovery. In this version of WRAP, Mary Ellen Copeland focuses on people in the military and veterans who need strategies for coping with issues, meeting life goals, and building strong relationships. Recognizing early warning signs, a daily maintenance plan, and triggers are a few other topics she explores in this book.

Alternatives to Suicide Peer Support Webinar
This Webinar, which can be accessed from the Alternatives to Suicide Web page, explores innovative ways to help individuals cope with suicidal thoughts and feelings. Specifically, the Webinar highlights the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community's peer-run support groups for people with suicidal ideation. These suicide-focused peer-to-peer support groups have been found to be a powerful way of sharing wisdom and healing. Presenters also discuss myths associated with suicide. The Web page also includes links to additional information about Alternatives to Suicide, including the guiding principles, the toll-free peer support line number and support group information, and more to help people connect with others during times of significant distress.

Mental Health First Aid Rural Quick Start Guide
The Mental Health First Aid Rural Quick Start Guide describes the Mental Health First Aid course offered through the National Council for Behavioral Health. The course offers basic materials to help people who are not psychologists, psychiatrists, or other kinds of doctors to understand and assist people who are in crisis or showing symptoms of a mental or substance use disorder. The guide outlines how to use the course to bring community members together, with tips on whom to invite to trainings, identifying an instructor, and managing training costs, as well as an explanation of why Mental Health First Aid is important to rural communities.

Community Conversations About Mental Health: Information Brief
This information brief is part of the Community Conversations About Mental Health Toolkit developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to spur community discussions about mental health and mental disorders; find solutions at the community level for mental health needs, with special focus on young adults; and encourage communities to proceed with solutions that work for them to improve the mental health and overall well-being of all of their members. Through this information brief, people have an opportunity to learn about mental disorders from research and about important decisions related to these disorders to be made at the community level. The brief includes information about types of mental health problems, prevention and treatment approaches, recovery, and the impact of attitudes and beliefs. It can be used as a complement to the Discussion Guide component of the toolkit.

Stories of Hope and Recovery
The Stories of Hope and Recovery section of the newly launched Web site offers a variety of brief video clips from individuals with lived experience who share their mental health recovery stories and from others who have been affected by mental health disorders. People in these clips include well-known singers Cher and Demi Lovato, sports commentator John Saunders, actress Glenn Close, and former Oregon Senator Gordon Smith.

Ticket to Work -- Find Help Page
This Ticket to Work "Find Help" page is a useful resource for Ticket to Work participants looking to identify service providers by type, location, or services offered. Through this Web page, individuals can enter their zip code and search for different types of providers in their area: State providers, providers across multiple States, employment networks, national providers, and vocational rehabilitation agencies. The Web page explains the types of services offered by each of these types of provider organizations. More detailed information about individual service provider organizations can be found once search results are displayed.

The Perch
The Perch is a literary magazine launched by the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. The online magazine focuses on health issues in the community and individuals' mental health journeys. It explores all aspects of mental health, including its impact on one's physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness.

Ticket to Work Success Stories
Ticket to Work video and print productions feature people who have successfully used the Ticket to Work program to achieve gainful employment and financial independence. In this video, Megan Riggs, a woman who has a mental health disorder, shares her experience with Ticket to Work and how it helped her return to work. A recent Ticket Talk podcast, available at, features a "catch up" interview with Megan, who discusses how Ticket to Work and Work Incentives continue to help her progress in her employment.

Ticket to Work
Social Security's Ticket to Work program supports career development for people with disabilities who want to work. The program is free and voluntary and exists specifically to help people who receive disability benefits progress toward financial independence. People ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because of a disability can participate in the program. This Web site provides detailed information about the program for Social Security beneficiaries interested in exploring return-to-work opportunities. The Ticket to Work Help Line can be reached by calling 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 866-833-2967 (TTY).

Standard Framework for Levels of Integrated Healthcare
Coordinated care is becoming increasingly important as providers of physical and mental health care and policy makers recognize its value in improving health outcomes. The framework was developed as a guide to assist primary and behavioral healthcare provider organizations in assessing where they are in the process of achieving integration of care and in determining how to move ahead with this process to achieve positive outcomes as they plan and implement effective, coordinated treatment. This Web page provides access to the full report, a PowerPoint or PDF outline that describes the elements of this framework and measures to achieve them, and an 8-minute video on the framework.

Not Without Us
In this film by Mental Health Peer Connection and Sam Avery, the organization and artist promote resilience and strength for mental health consumers presenting individuals who discuss their lived experience and issues with discrimination and identify themselves as important members of society. Mental Health Peer Connection is a program that empowers individuals with mental health issues and encourages them to maintain control of their lives while overcoming common negative and harmful attitudes and beliefs regarding people with mental disorders.

DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius 2013 National Council Conference
In her speech at the 2013 National Council Conference, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, discusses healthcare changes due to the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Affordable Care Act.

A Practical Guide to Recovery-Oriented Practice: Tools for Transforming Mental Health Care
This guide details a framework for implementing recovery-oriented care in a clinical setting. It discusses the recovery movement, shows practitioners what recovery can look like when utilized everyday in clinical practice, and includes guidance on policies and structures that work.

Building Communities of Recovery: How Community-Based Partnerships and Recovery Support Organizations Make Recovery Work
Communities throughout the country are working together more and more to provide recovery support to people with mental and substance use disorders. This free Recovery Month Webcast discusses ways communities have been striving to change and become more inclusive of people in recovery.

Youth Mental Health First Aid
This Mental Health First Aid Web page describes a new curriculum for Youth Mental Health First Aid. This education program is focused on supporting youth who are dealing with a mental health-related crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid helps participants to identify warning signs and further understand the beneficial impact of early intervention. The course also focuses on specific mental health challenges that are more common among youth, such as depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety.

The Roadmap to Reduce Disparities: A Guide for Health Care Organizations
This six-step guide, created by Finding Answers, provides an outline for healthcare organizations to help them in decreasing inequality within the healthcare system. These steps, which encourage organizations to make a connection between quality and equality and identify ways for implementing change, each involve a different aspect of addressing disparities.

The Recovery Institute
The Recovery Institute is a Community Care Behavioral Health Organization project that works in collaboration with Dr. Pat Deegan and others to have recovery-oriented services at all levels of Pennsylvania's mental health system. This project seeks to implement this in 36 Pennsylvania counties through consultation, training, online information and resources for providers, and involvement of individuals with lived experience as advisors and peer specialists at all levels of the project.

Employer Tutorial Chapter 4: Strategies
The Cornell University Employment and Disability Institute offers this online employer tutorial with methods for understanding non-obvious disabilities in the workplace. It describes strategies for building a culture of trust to encourage accommodation requests and emphasizes the need for building awareness in recognizing the impact that negative misperceptions can have on people with mental disorders.

Opening Doors to All Candidates: Tips for Ensuring Access for Applicants with Disabilities
This fact sheet provided by the Office of Disability Employment Policy lists tips for employers working with individuals with disabilities. It describes specific do's and don'ts for important workplace issues like communication and accommodation and provides a brief list of resources for employers to reference for additional assistance and guidance.

Mental Health Matters: Veteran Mental Health
According to the George Washington University Face the Facts Initiative as cited at this resource's Web page, veterans represent 20 percent of suicide deaths within the United States. This episode of Mental Health Matters, a cable access television series, features a psychologist from the Oakland Vet Center and a veteran who shares his experiences with posttraumatic stress disorder and military culture as it relates to mental health issues. Effective treatment approaches and methods of support that family and friends can offer to veterans are also discussed.

Fostering Workplace Inclusion
This workplace inclusion guide from the AskEARN Web site offers detailed recommendations for employers, human resources staff, and supervisors in creating a work environment that is fair and accommodates individuals with disabilities. This guide includes information on training options, ways of getting feedback from staff, and strategies for enhancing policies to create a work environment that supports all employees, including those who have disabilities, in working to their full potential.

Stories of recovery: Sally Zinman
In this Stories of Recovery video, Sally Zinman, an advocate within the mental health consumer/survivor movement for over 30 years, describes her experiences of being abused while in treatment for her mental health issues. She discusses how these experiences changed her life and led to a life of advocacy work in the recovery movement to improve treatment conditions and to stop forced treatment and abuse of individuals in treatment for their mental disorders. Zinman also shares details of what helped her in her own recovery journey, including reading, reconnecting with nature through organic farming, and focusing on doing healthy things to strengthen her body and mind.

Psychiatrist Daniel Fisher talks about hope and recovery
In this 10-minute interview, psychiatrist Daniel Fisher, Executive Director of the National Empowerment Center, describes what recovery can mean for someone with a mental disorder and the roles that hope, love, and support play in one's recovery. He describes recovery as having a full life in one's community, one where an individual feels that his or her life is worth living. Dr. Fisher also describes the impact that support from loved ones had on his own recovery journey.

What is "people first" language?
Language can have a big impact on how things are interpreted and internalized, by individuals and by society as a whole. It has the potential to offend and also, empower and convey respect. This AskEARN fact sheet on "people first" language lists some of the negative language to be avoided and more appropriate language to use when referring to individuals with disabilities, including people with mental health issues.

WRAP® for everyday lives - Webinar recording and PowerPoint slides
This Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery Webinar explores the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) approach to managing mental health issues. The webinar describes ways WRAP embraces individuals' uniqueness and encourages self-determination, while helping people progress in their recovery journeys. It also discusses the key role of personal responsibility and the importance of understanding and recognizing one's triggers.

Strategic advantage of diversity
This Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) fact sheet outlines some key benefits of diversity within the workplace. It focuses on one's disability as adding to a diverse work environment and the benefits of workplace inclusion, which include job satisfaction and loyalty to a company. The brief 1-minute video included on this page also highlights benefits of diversity in the workplace.

Enhancing mental health service delivery to Hispanics: An online toolkit for eliminating disparities
This toolkit is made up of a number of print, video, and audio resources for helping mental health agency providers and leadership provide culturally competent support to Hispanics. By providing specific guidance on how to effectively engage and attract Hispanics, this toolkit helps increase understanding of the unique needs of Hispanics when seeking mental health services.

Identifying mental health and substance use problems of children and adolescents: A guide for child-serving organizations
This guide is a resource that helps with the early recognition of mental health and substance use disorders in children and adolescents. It includes various tools to help with early identification and examines key factors associated with children and youth and mental health and substance use, including community resources and partnerships, child welfare, family, domestic violence, trauma, and juvenile justice.

Shine | A Project of P.E.E.R.S.
Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (P.E.E.R.S.), one of five 2011 Campaign for Social Inclusion Awardee organizations, created this documentary film highlighting the inspirational stories of three youth living in the urban community of Oakland, CA. Each has overcome mental health challenges and trauma and touches on key issues including violence, trauma, and cultural norms as they share their personal stories during the film. The Shine Web site includes four versions of the film to help give individuals sharing this film with others options for using it in different settings. There is also a screening toolkit provided that includes resources to help in facilitating discussions within the community.

Stories of Recovery: Minister Monique Tarver
In this PEERS TV Stories of Recovery video, Minister Monique Tarver shares her story of triumph and recovery from mental health issues. She talks about how these challenges impacted her role as a parent, how her faith and family support were a major part of her progress, and ways the mental health and faith communities can work together to further enhance one's journey through recovery from a mental disorder.

Call to clergy: How to support mental health challenges in your congregation
This Webinar, which took place on October 9, 2012, provides guidance to leaders in different faith communities in providing mental health support to members of their congregations. This presentation explores ways to address mental health within different faiths including African American, Islamic, and Jewish faith communities. It outlines general statistics of the percentage of adults in the U.S. with different mental disorders, describes the basics of the mental health first aid approach, and discusses what recovery from a mental disorder can mean. Both the recording and the presentation are available on the National Council for Behavioral Health's Web site:

Recovery insights: Learning from lived experience
Produced by Rethink Mental Illness, an organization in England dedicated to promoting awareness about mental health and supporting people in recovery, this booklet explores recovery and the lived experiences of 55 individuals, emphasizing the role that other people can play in one's recovery journey. It provides specific learning points for recovery for others with mental disorders, their family and friends, and mental health providers.

VOTE. It's your right. A guide to the voting rights of people with mental disabilities
This guide developed by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law discusses the rights of voters with mental disorders and serves as a resource for advocates, family members of individuals with mental disorders, providers, and election officials. Four key topic areas for voters are explored: voter-competence requirement standards, State identification laws, voter challenges, and providing assistance to voters with disabilities. While much of this document is geared toward lawyers, it also contains useful information for individuals, families, and advocates looking to better understand key details of exercising one's right to vote.

What recovery means in acute care
In this Webinar, presenters explore recovery in the context of acute care. They cover specific topics, including different climates of recovery, such as trauma-informed staff, the inclusion of natural supports, and a welcoming admission process. There is also dialogue on methods of incorporating peers into the acute care setting and consumer-managed crisis residential approaches. In addition, one presenter explores psychiatric advance directives, which are legal tools that allow people to choose or refuse future psychiatric treatment and to specify types of treatment they are or are not willing to have used.

Building sustainable consumer run organizations
This manual, created through the University of Washington and the Self Help Empowerment and Evaluation Alliance, explores the recovery model and how to build a consumer-run organization. To help with preparation for building a consumer-run organization, this manual provides guidance on surveying community needs, a basic checklist for getting the organization started, funding resources, details on management, and sustainability and accountability. It also includes sample documents for readers to reference.

Employer case examples
This resource provided through the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health is a place where employers can come to learn from one another about practical ways of advancing mental health in the workplace. Through this Web page, individuals can view employer profiles where employers share information on their companies, including total number of employees, region, a description of the mental health challenges needing to be addressed, and ways they have worked to resolve these challenges. Visitors to this Web page can also share stories of what their company is doing to advance mental health.

Mental health works: Maine State government participates in depression screening and work-focused intervention
Mental Health Works is a quarterly publication produced by the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, a program of the American Psychiatric Association. This issue focuses on Maine's use of depression screening and work-focused intervention to improve the mental health of its employees. These employees have benefited from their State government's participation in the Work and Health Initiative care program pilot study, which includes different supports like work-focused counseling. In addition to Maine's recent efforts, this issue explores the efforts of others, like the Chesapeake Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City, in engaging employees and providing resources for them to address mental disorders. This issue also examines the exclusion of mental health treatment from employers' health insurance coverage.

Mental health works: A host of employer resources at your fingertips
This Partnership for Workplace Mental Health quarterly issue of Mental Health Works provides resources for employers. This issue explores bullying in the workplace, stress in America, developing a foundation for workforce resiliency, and managing the risks of violence in the workplace. Current data on these specific topics are charted throughout this booklet, and detailed recommendations for employers are provided.

Speaking of hope
This 12-minute film was developed by the Transformation Center, a 2010 SAMHSA ADS Center Campaign for Social Inclusion awardee. In this film, individuals in recovery from mental health and substance use issues share their experiences of triumph, reaffirming the idea that recovery is real. Young adults, middle-aged adults, and older adults are showcased in this film, each representing various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Their unique perspectives and experiences address local needs and attitudes toward mental health and addiction recovery issues.

United on the road to recovery
South Dakota United is a 2011 awardee of the SAMHSA ADS Center Campaign for Social Inclusion. This promotional film was produced by participants in their speakers' bureau filmmaking workshop. In this 9-minute film, individuals with mental health issues share experiences of their recovery journeys and the role that peer support has played in their lives. They discuss the ways they have been able to use their lived experience to promote equality for people with mental disorders and empower and instill hope in one another.

Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (P.E.E.R.S.), a SAMHSA ADS Center 2011 Campaign for Social Inclusion awardee, created this documentary film highlighting the stories of youth in recovery. The young adults featured share their experiences with mental health issues and the impact of violence and trauma in the urban community of Oakland, CA. Racism, cultural norms, and socioeconomic status are also discussed in this film.

Shining stars - young adults in recovery
This documentary was created by Advocacy Unlimited, Inc., one of the SAMHSA ADS Center's 2010 Campaign for Social Inclusion awardees. Shining Stars is a 17-minute, culturally sensitive, educational documentary featuring the recovery stories of four young adults with mental health and substance use issues. The four young adults share their recovery journeys, which include experiences of loss, trauma, and other struggles. While sharing their stories, each "shining star" describes the hope he or she has for continuing on the path of recovery.

Homelessness and substance use disorder treatment: Recovery-oriented housing and achieving healthy lifestyles
This 2010 SAMHSA Webcast recognizes the complex relationship between homelessness and mental and substance use disorders and explores the connection between homelessness and the treatment of substance use disorders from a program and policy view. Also, it examines some of the issues of permanent supportive housing and methods of recovery support that help people achieve healthy lives and long-term recovery.

Principles of recovery oriented mental health practice
This Australian Department of Health and Aging fact sheet outlines six key principles of recovery-oriented mental health: uniqueness of the individual, real choices, attitudes and rights, dignity and respect, partnership and communication, and evaluating recovery. The fact sheet notes that recovery, as defined by individuals with lived experience, includes "gaining and retaining hope, understanding of one's abilities and disabilities, engagement in an active life, personal autonomy, social identity, meaning and purpose in life, and a positive sense of self." The fact sheet identifies the purpose of the principles of recovery-oriented practice as "to ensure that mental health services are being delivered in a way that supports the recovery of mental health consumers."

Self-disclosure and its impact on individuals who receive mental health services
This monograph, developed for the Center for Mental Health Services, part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, describes research on the topic of self-disclosure of mental health issues and shares findings from interviews with individuals in recovery who have experience with self-disclosure. The monograph explores several specific questions related to self-disclosure: Why should a person disclose? Is there a safe way to disclose? What impact does self-disclosure have personally and systemically? The monograph also describes factors that may facilitate self-disclosing and gives recommendations and guidelines for individuals, including the pros and cons of disclosure and techniques used by other groups who have disclosed private issues.

Mental Health Matters: RAP therapy; Beats, rhymes and life
Mental Health Matters is a public access television show that highlights various mental health issues. This episode, "RAP Therapy: Beats, Rhymes and Life," explores a community organization that uses rap, hip-hop, and pop culture to promote wellness and mental health among youth. The episode also explores the use of rap therapy as an intervention around the world.

Mental Health Matters: Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
Mental Health Matters is a public access television show that highlights various mental health issues. This episode discusses Crisis Intervention Training which is designed to increase police officers' understanding of and ability to effectively interact with an individual who is experiencing a mental health crisis. The benefits of this training are discussed in interviews with a police officer, a family member, and a person in recovery.

Recovery to Practice E-News: Special-focus issue on trauma-informed care
This Recovery to Practice (RTP) E-News message from April 26, 2012 highlights the immense benefits of trauma-informed care. In one article, Dr. Maggie Bennington describes her experience as Medical Director of Psychiatry at an Oregon hospital through its transition to a more trauma-informed environment. She discusses ways the hospital adopted a more inclusive definition of safety and how this impacted individuals' recovery journeys while hospitalized. Also, a guest columnist shares her story as a consumer, the factors that led her to help found the first Virginia statewide consumer/survivor organization, and her efforts to end harmful use of force in acute care settings through a workshop she developed with other consumers. She discusses her success throughout Virginia and through allies gained along the way, including newspaper reporters, legislators, and family groups. This issue also includes information on the development of training curricula by RTP member groups, a personal story of recovery, and RTP project updates.

Implementing evidence-based practices in mental health
This guidebook was designed to help community behavioral healthcare organizations implement evidence-based treatment approaches in their organization-approaches that have been scientifically shown to improve outcomes for individuals with mental and substance use disorders. This book, which describes the real-life experiences of a community support and treatment services organization in Washtenaw County in Michigan, outlines key strategies in a how-to format to assist organizations in making the organizational changes needed to implement evidence-based practices, including developing work plans and implementing and maintaining evidence-based practices.

Engaging women in trauma-informed peer support: A guidebook
Developed by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. with funding by SAMHSA, this guide can be used by peer supporters working in the behavioral health and human services systems to learn to integrate trauma-informed principles into their work supporting women who have experienced trauma. It provides culturally oriented resources and tools for trauma-informed peer support for women. The 13 chapters cover a number of key topics such as spirituality and religion, storytelling, and reclaiming one's power through social action.

Managing student-athletes' mental health issues
This handbook emphasizes the mind and body connection, highlighting the importance of student-athletes' mental health and the potential of mental health to impact one's physical health. The goal of this handbook is to help coaches and other school staff working with student-athletes identify students who are at risk for mental disorders. This handbook serves as a guide that explores various mental disorders including substance use disorders and mood, anxiety, and eating disorders. It also provides guidance on helping student-athletes manage responsibilities during their recovery.

Resources for athletes
This Resources for Athletes page of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Web site provides a brief description of the benefits of sport psychology for athletes, describing it as an opportunity to enhance physical skills with mental skills. This page also provides a list of articles for athletes on topics related to managing one's mental health as an athlete, enhancing self-awareness, and dealing with different emotions, such as anger and disappointment in competition.

Hospital diversion services: A manual on assisting in the development of a respite/diversion service in your area
Hospital diversion services have been shown to help address the issue of often overwhelmed and overcrowded hospitals while also providing consumers with unique peer-to-peer relationships to support them during an emotional crisis. This manual provides guidance to anyone looking to develop a local respite/diversion service. It describes vital components of a hospital diversion service including a basic design; how to go about staffing, budget, and funding; and a sample menu of services.

Higher education support toolkit
This toolkit serves as a guide for university staff to assist them in working effectively to support college students who have mental health problems. It includes free downloadable worksheets on how to connect with resources on campus, a self-assessment for students, and information on accommodations in college classes.

Multicultural competence, intense spiritual experience, and mental health: A self-help, peer support and service provider technical assistance tool
This technical assistance tool was developed as an outgrowth of a National Alliance on Mental Illness Support, Technical Assistance and Resources Center (NAMI STAR Center) workshop that included individuals who had gone through intense spiritual experiences as well as those interested in learning more about this type of experience and about how to be helpful to someone going through this experience. This resource discusses spirituality in depth and includes a list of guidelines for honoring intense spiritual experiences as well as ways providers and others can support individuals having these experiences.

Mental health matters: BestNow! and consumer employment
In this episode of Mental Health Matters, the program coordinator and a program graduate describe the BestNow! program. This program trains peer specialists to become more active and productive in their communities, to expand on their current skills, and to encourage participants in their own vocational development.

Sick on the job? Myths and realities about mental health and work
This Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) fact sheet presents data relevant to many of the misconceptions about mental health and employment. Productivity within the workplace as well as the role of quality treatment on improving employment outcomes is discussed. This OECD fact sheet also provides a list of ways that policy can help create a more inclusive job market for people with mental health problems.

We can work: The employment tool for people with psychiatric disabilities in New York State
The We Can Work campaign seeks to empower people with mental disorders to successfully explore and secure meaningful employment through shared success stories and by providing resources. This tool provided by the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services helps to address the disproportionate rates of unemployment and low income among individuals with mental disorders. It includes a number of fact sheets from the peer perspective about where to begin the process of returning to the workforce, work incentives, employment resources, information on disclosure and reasonable accommodations, and tips on identifying peer support for employment.

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)
This web page, provided through the Corporation for Enterprise Development's Web site, describes Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), matched savings accounts that help people in low- to moderate-income households develop assets. The Web site provides information about IDAs, including a directory of IDA programs, guidance on starting an IDA, and a public policy link for people interested in supporting efforts to have IDA programs become available to more low-income families across the U.S.

Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
This Web site describes the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), a Canada-wide savings plan reserved for individuals with disabilities. People with disabilities in Canada can use the RDSP to save and invest money and have their savings matched by the Canadian government. Relatives of people with disabilities may also contribute to an RDSP to help a family member save. The Web site provides a general overview of the RDSP, a tutorial to learn more, and a step-by-step guide.

Mental Health Matters-Mask Healing
In this episode of Mental Health Matters, a program which can be viewed online, a local activist describes how she uses an art therapy mask-making workshop to engage and empower individuals in recovery. Guests featured in this episode describe how both the creation of their mask and discussing the mask they created have been used as a form of self-expression and as a useful tool in their recovery journey.

A provider's guide to promoting economic self-sufficiency: A recovery-oriented approach
This blog post describes a guide that supports providers as they implement a recovery-oriented approach that encourages economic independence among individuals with mental and substance use disorders. The guide provides tools and techniques for guiding conversations on life goals, dreams, and financial hopes; evaluating one's ability to become self-sufficient financially; helping people develop plans for reaching their goals; and increasing individuals' understanding of economic independence and connecting with local resources.

WE can save campaign participant workbook: A workbook for people in recovery seeking economic self-sufficiency
This blog post provides information about a workbook that serves as a resource for people in recovery and providers looking to support individuals recovering from mental and substance use disorders. The workbook shares stories of recovery and consumers' own accounts of financial self-sufficiency, and it describes tools to help people with mental and substance use disorders to develop independence and financial skills and create an action plan for their lives.

Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) directory of centers & statewide independent living councils (SILCs) 2012 (Vol. 34)
This online directory provides a comprehensive listing of centers for independent living throughout the U.S., its Territories, Canada, and internationally. Centers for independent living are nonprofit, consumer-run programs that offer a range of services designed to support individuals with disabilities in living successfully within their communities. This directory also lists contact information for state associations of independent living, SILCs, and other organizations related to assisting individuals with disabilities in living successfully within their communities.

Mental health, poverty, and development: Mental health core to development
This fact sheet shares information on connections between mental disorders and poverty through global data, charts, and other visuals. It describes the links between poverty and mental health as cyclical, with poverty heightening one's risk of mental disorders and having a mental disorder increasing one's chances of becoming poor. Also, it discusses the need for national and international agendas to address improving mental health and reducing poverty.

American Sign Language (ASL) - Medicare basics
This video provides basic educational information in ASL about the Medicare program. The four-part video gives viewers guidance and information about Medicare services, including information on preventative services and paying Medicare costs, and explains the difference between Medicare and Medicaid.

Mental Health Matters: Consumer Movements Around the World
This episode of the television show Mental Health Matters features leaders within the mental health consumer/survivor movement from four different countries. These leaders are members of an organization called Interrelate, which is described as an international coalition of national consumer user organizations. Throughout this show they discuss specific issues related to individuals with mental disorders within their countries and also discuss similarities they share.

Paving new ground: Peers working in in-patient settings
With psychiatric hospitals and State institutions becoming more aware of the roles of peer specialists, positions for peers are now becoming more common in inpatient settings. This guidebook, designed to help hospitals learn how to successfully incorporate peer specialists into their work setting, highlights some hospitals that have been successful with this effort. It includes stories and narratives of peer specialists working in inpatient settings and some of the specific challenges and benefits experienced in their positions. Some key roles, as well as creative strategies including art and humor, are also discussed in this guide.

Inside outside: Building a meaningful life after the hospital
This film explores the lives of eight individuals who successfully made the transition from being institutionalized in psychiatric hospitals to living in the community. Throughout the film, these individuals share some of the challenges faced during their transition back into the community and some of the experiences and resources that helped empower them throughout their journeys. This film is appropriate for people in psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes, or other long-term residential treatment facilities. It also may be interesting and educational for family members, providers, and advocates.

Thirty of the most frequently asked questions about recovery and recovery-oriented practice (along with some beginning answers)
This comprehensive fact sheet lists 30 of the most commonly asked questions on the topic of recovery from mental disorders and recovery-oriented practice. Written as part of the Recovery to Practice initiative which works to educate service providers about recovery, this is a helpful resource for anyone interested in learning about recovery. It provides brief responses to each question and cited references.

NCCTS leadership: Culture and trauma
Recognizing how culture influences the way traumatic experiences are perceived, this National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) factsheet discusses the importance of culturally competent trauma-informed treatments. The factsheet describes guidelines for culturally competent service providers, shares information on National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS) initiatives such as the NCTSN culture listserv, and describes a vision for the future treatment of individuals impacted by trauma. The factsheet also describes the NCTSN mission to enhance services for children who have been traumatized.

The Sanctuary Model: An integrated theory
The Sanctuary Model is an evidence-based, trauma-informed cultural approach that outlines a method for developing an organizational culture within which individuals who have experienced trauma can receive the support necessary to promote healing. This Web site provides a list of features of a certified Sanctuary organization; various links to learn more about this model, including details about the historical foundation and components of the model; and additional information on related news, publications, and products and services.

A Promise to Myself: Passport to Self-Love
This unique smoking cessation guide emphasizes the importance of self-love as a means of maintaining and nurturing one's wellness and as a foundation for stopping smoking. It includes a number of activities for readers to complete on the topic of loving oneself, ending a relationship with cigarettes, and celebrating and rewarding oneself for accomplishing milestones associated with stopping smoking. There are also a number of positive, encouraging quotes included thoughout this guide.

Developing a Local Time Dollars Program
This section of the Community Tool Box toolkit provides information and guidance on developing a Time Dollars program. With this approach volunteers earn "time dollars" through time spent providing service and use those dollars to "buy" service needed or, by donating "dollars", volunteers help ensure that others in need will get the support they need. This section also describes reasons for creating a Time Dollars program and gives real world examples of instances where this type of program has been successful. This section also explores who would develop a Time Dollars program.

Creating and Facilitating Peer Support Groups
This section of the Community Tool Box toolkit gives readers tips on creating and leading peer support groups. It defines peer support groups, provides information on who could benefit from a peer support group, includes real situational examples to reference, and other tools, such as a PowerPoint presentation and a checklist, to help individuals with this process.

Starting a Self-Help/Advocacy Group
This guide provides a basic introduction to the steps needed to start a self-help/advocacy group. It suggests some first steps to this process such as conducting research and soliciting help, and provides some tips on meeting ideas and facilitating large meetings. It also describes the roles and effectiveness of self-help/advocacy groups and the roles of family, friends, and professionals in consumer-run self-help groups.

SAMHSA Consumer-Operated Evidence-Based Practice KIT
This guide provides tools for developing mental health services which are owned and run by people in recovery. The guide, whose recommendations are rooted in evidence-based practices, provides detailed recommendations on implementing evidence-based practices, what it takes to build and evaluate a program, staff and volunteer training, and using multimedia to introduce consumer-operated services.

The Community Tool Box
The Community Tool Box is a resource that provides practical tools and information for building a healthy community. Through the Community Tool Box website, individuals can access toolkits to help with becoming more engaged in community work, a troubleshooting guide to help with problem solving, and a section dedicated to connecting people to evidence-based practices.

Building Communites from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets
This guide outlines strategies for communities to start asset-based development, an approach to community development in which local citizens' associations, community members and leaders, and institutions work together to build and repair their communities using an approach that focuses on identifying community strengths rather than deficiencies as the starting point in addressing community needs. This guide provides success stories of various communities across the United States and provides an introduction to strategies learned from neighborhood leaders.

Nuts and Bolts: A Technical Assistance Guide for Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Self-Help Groups
Individuals leading consumer/survivor-run organizations provide recommendations to others who want to develop their own organizations. This guide offers suggestions on a broad range of topics including developing a project plan, dealing with outside organizations including the media and the community, coalition building, quality assurance, group decisionmaking, and sustaining projects.

Homelessness and Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Recovery-Oriented Housing Achieving Healthy Lifestyles (Audio DVD)
This DVD explores the connection between homelessness and substance use treatment from both a program and policy point of view. Key factors associated with these two issues are also explored, including permanent supportive housing, treatment methods, and recovery support systems.

Mental Health and Housing
This program, which can be viewed online, explores housing issues for individuals with mental and substance use disorders. Episode 1 features a woman sharing her experience with homelessness and mental disorders. In Episode 2, a woman who is a housing provider and a man who is an advocate and policymaker discuss the housing issues of people with mental disorders.

Essential tools: Improving secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities
This guide provides information for educators, community agencies, families, and workforce development specialists working to develop an environment that improves and enhances school and post-school outcomes for youth with disabilities. The guide explains an approach called community resource mapping and discusses how this approach can be used to foster interagency collaboration with the goal of ensuring that all youth have access to a broad, comprehensive, and integrated system of services.

Self-advocacy and health care for older adults with mental illnesses
This toolkit provides information on the importance of self-advocacy for older adults with behavioral health problems. It provides tips for communicating with healthcare professionals and highlights the value of following up to ensure effective care.

Child trauma toolkit for educators
This toolkit serves as a resource for educators, parents, and caregivers to help them better understand and learn how to address trauma in children. It provides facts and recommendations for individuals working with children, details on the psychological and behavioral impact of trauma in children at different ages, information on childhood traumatic grief, and guidance on self-care when working with children who have experienced trauma.

Helping behavioral health clients with parenting and child custody issues: Guidebook and training materials for half-day training for case managers and other service providers
This guidebook is a resource for case managers and behavioral health staff working with consumers who are parents or are considering becoming parents. The materials are designed to help parents maintain custody of their children and help those who have lost custody to regain custody. The guidebook includes a training curriculum, with PowerPoint slides and trainer notes, practice activities using scenarios, and handouts for participants to learn how to address child welfare and custody issues to better support consumers in this important aspect of community integration.

Accommodation Information by Disability: A to Z
This information page from the Job Accomodation Network (JAN) website is made up of links which provide general information on various conditions and some possible accomodations employers could provide for individuals with these conditions. Resource organizations to assist in providing proper accomodations are also available through this page.

Developing a State Interagency Council on Homelessness: A Step-by-Step Guide
This guide provides steps in how to develop a state council on homelessness. In addition to these steps, benefits, functions, activities, along with some features of a successful council are shared in this guide.

Are You in Recovery From Alcohol or Drug Problems?: Know your Rights
This brochure was developed to help individuals in recovery from substance use problems know their rights under federal laws, understand the legal consequences of substance use-related conduct, and to learn what to do to overcome barriers. Specific topics addressed include information on discrimination laws as they relates to housing, employment/job training, education, past convictions for substance offenses, and government services/programs. This document also provides contact information for Federal agencies that accept complaints of disability-based discrimination.

Implementing Healthcare Reform: First Steps to Transforming Your Organization, A Practical Guide for Leaders
The guide is meant to serve as a starting point for addiction treatment agencies that need further understanding of the 2010 healthcare reform legislation and what it means for their agency's practices and policies. This guide suggests that in order for agencies to succeed and capitalize on the opportunities created by reform, they will need to: Recognize the need to transform; Educate all levels of staff; Assess organizations' strengths and weaknesses; Strategically plan and implement transformation; Create partnerships with primary health entities; and Assess changes and adjust as needed. In addition to these recommendations this guide also offers information on the role of prevention as healthcare continues to evolve, reading materials, and tips on how advocacy can help with this transition.

Practice Guidelines: Core Elements in Responding to Mental Health Crises
This manual provides guidelines for improving services for behavioral health consumers in crisis. It provides statistics and defines what it means to be in a mental health crisis to help individuals understand how people with mental or emotional disabilities are impacted by them. Ten values are described as essential to crisis response: avoiding harm, intervening in person-center ways, shared responsibility, addressing trauma, establishing feelings of personal safety, based on strengths, the whole person, the person as a credible source, recovery, resilience, and natural supports, and prevention.

Cultural competency in mental health peer-run programs and self-help groups: A tool to assess and enhance your services
This tool helps behavioral health and consumer-run programs and groups to evaluate their levels of cultural competency. This resource works to help individuals recognize ways they may already embrace diversity and identify areas where improvements could be made. It focuses on five key areas: administration and policies, peer providers and group leaders, services and support, program and group environment, and communication and language capacity.

TBI, PTSD & Employment: An Online Training Tool for Employers, Supervisors & Hiring Managers
The purpose of this training tool is to educate human resource professionals and employers about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The training explains how these injuries may impact employment, and the significant role that employment can play in the recovery of wounded military service members. This training includes clinical information about TBI and PTSD and links to additional resources.

Social Determinants of Health: The Solid Facts (2nd Edition)
This publication discusses research that explores determinants of health standards in modern society and highlights key components of this research in the context of public policy. The publication explains how psychological and social factors influence health and longevity. It focuses on 10 main topics including the importance of health determinants in childhood, and the effects of working conditions, social support, and unemployment.

Stepping Stones To Recovery: A Case Manager's Manual for Assisting Adults Who Are Homeless, with Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Applications
The purpose of this manual is to help individuals, specifically case managers, assist homeless people with behavioral health problems in applying for Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability programs. This manual highlights many of the eligibility and documentation requirements, with the goal of facilitating the application process and reducing the need for appeals. It is a useful tool for anyone applying for SSA disability programs.

The Summary Plan: Bringing the Strategy to Life 2009-2011
This national action plan outlines the second phase of the 'See Me' campaign in Scotland. Within this phase, the 'See Me' campaign will focus on discrimination in communities where individuals are met with greater barriers and are more likely to experience behavioral health problems. This campaign strives to end negative perceptions of and discrimination against people with behavioral health problems. The plan describes an approach that creates cultural change to ensure the support of people experiencing behavioral health problems.

Supported Employment Evidence Based Practices KIT
This KIT offers standards on supported employment for individuals with severe behavioral health problems and promotes the idea that people with serious behavioral health conditions can participate fully in the workforce. It includes information on how to get started with evidence-based practice, national resources for consumers and families, and instruments to assess cultural competence.

SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery (SOAR)
The goal of the SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery (SOAR) technical assistance initiative is to make Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits more accessible to individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. SOAR accomplishes this through train-the-trainer programs, ongoing technical assistance to States and communities, and the development of strategic planning on how to apply the SOAR approach in local communities. Their Stepping Stones to Recovery manual provides detailed instructions on applying for SSDI/SSI.

Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit for homeless services
Taking into consideration the high rate of traumatic exposure among homeless families, this toolkit was developed to provide resources, knowledge, and guidance to homeless service providers and others working to provide appropriate support to families that have experienced traumatic stress. The toolkit outlines concrete steps that organizations can take to become trauma-informed, as well as a self-assessment to help organizations evaluate and adjust current methods to better serve and support clients.

Permanent Supportive Housing Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) KIT
This publication is part of the Knowledge Informing Transformation (KIT) series on evidence-based practices developed by the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services. It identifies essential elements of permanent supportive housing services and programs for people with behavioral health problems. It also covers ways to develop new evidence-based programs. The KIT includes eight booklets available via Internet download or U.S. mail.

The World Health Organization's Mental Health Page
The World Health Organization (WHO) mental health page contains a wide array of WHO behavioral health resources, including guidance for advocates, information for researchers, fact sheets, speeches, statements, and publications on a variety of topics related to behavioral health.

Shift's line managers' resource
This web-based guide, designed by Shift, offers a variety of resources about managing and supporting personnel with behavioral health problems. The guide includes a series of short videos, case studies, and other materials for employers, employees, and job seekers.

WHO resource book on mental health, human rights and legislation
This book from the World Health Organization highlights the issues and principles behind good behavioral health and human rights legislation. It is meant to serve as a resource to countries as they draft and adopt the legislation but is also a valuable resource for stakeholders such as advocacy groups and health professionals.

Certified peer specialist training program descriptions
Behavioral health consumers who are interested in becoming certified peer specialists will find this reference helpful. The document, compiled in 2006, describes certification programs in Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Personal assistance in community existence (PACE) series
The National Empowerment Center's PACE series includes resources and training materials to help consumers and providers develop recovery-oriented services and promote peer support. Particularly helpful are the Recovery Through Peer Support Curriculum and the Recovery Through Peer Providers DVD, which train consumers, family members, and providers to support others in their paths to mental health recovery.

Directory of statewide consumer-run organizations
This directory provides contact information for and links to consumer-run organizations. These organizations can provide information about consumer-run programs and services in your State.

Walking in recovery (video)
This video shares the message that people can recover from mental health problems. Five people share their experiences with mental health diagnoses and the unique paths that led them to recovery. The successes of these consumers can help others understand mental health recovery and identify ways they can support mental health consumers in their communities.

Health promotion, risk reduction, suicide prevention report 2010
This report, based on the findings of the Army Suicide Prevention Task Force, is a call to action and an informative read for anyone concerned with military mental health. The report examines the reality of suicide and suicidal ideation among U.S. Army personnel, as well as high-risk behaviors that may result in death. The report describes the Army Suicide Prevention Campaign, tools and interventions to promote resiliency among service members and their families, and policy and governance adjustments to increase military behavioral health.

Grading the States 2009
This interactive map provides an overview of the National Alliance on Mental Illness's 2009 State-by-State evaluation of mental health care systems. The Nation as a whole received a 'D' for the health care it provides to people with serious mental illness. The organization graded based on community integration and social inclusion, empowerment, and other factors. The full report, describing methodology, findings, and recommendations, is available for download.

Stepping up: A social inclusion action plan for mental health reform 2007-2012
This report from South Australia's Social Inclusion Board is a 5-year plan for transforming the mental health system. The goal of the plan is to encourage social inclusion, help people working in the mental health system to understand those they serve, encourage recovery-oriented services, and improve the availability and effectiveness of the mental health services that individuals and families from all socioeconomic and age groups need to lead meaningful lives.

SAFE program: Mental health facts for families
This online manual was developed by Dr. Michelle D. Sherman, Director of the Family Mental Health Program at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center. Facilities use this manual to conduct an 18-session education program for the family members of those with posttraumatic stress disorder or behavioral health problems. Mental health professionals facilitate the sessions. A representative of the National Alliance on Mental Illness also attends. The manual includes information, discussion questions, and handouts for each session.

Post deployment stress: What families should know, what families can do
The RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research conducted literature reviews, solicited expert feedback, and facilitated focus groups to create two booklets related to post-deployment stress. This booklet addresses the concerns of those who have a family member returning from deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan, while the other addresses the concerns of service members themselves. Both booklets include information about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other emotional and behavioral problems that returning service members may face.

Post deployment stress: What you should know, what you can do
The RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research conducted literature reviews, solicited expert feedback, and facilitated focus groups to create two booklets related to post-deployment stress. This booklet addresses the concerns of service members returning from deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan, while the other addresses the concerns of their family members. Both booklets include information about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other emotional and behavioral problems that returning service members may face.

Action on mental health: A guide to promoting social inclusion
This guide, produced by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Social Exclusion Unit, provides practical tips for frontline staff and service providers, people affected by mental health problems, local agencies, and employers to use in promoting social inclusion. It includes individual fact sheets on themes such as families, discrimination, and employment.

Voices of transformation: Developing recovery-based statewide consumer/survivor organizations
This resource provides a blueprint to help consumer-run organizations advance the national movement for mental health system transformation. In addition to descriptions of existing programs, the publication provides strategic advice in fundraising, board development, and coalition building among other key nonprofit management topics.

Reaching Across with the Arts: A Self Help Manual for Mental Health Consumers
Reaching Across with the Arts is a resource guide and manual to be used by mental health consumers to explain both how to create self-help arts programs and activities and how to use creativity in their everyday lives. This guidebook uses self help as the model for developing new arts activities and programs.

Guidance on transformational language
This brief electronic fact sheet provides information on the use of appropriate language when referring to mental health topics.

Disclosing your disability to an employer
This fact sheet discusses the disclosure of ones' disability to an employer. Provides information on how to prepare to disclose ones' disablity to an employer, and also when is the best time to disclose your illness.

The arts-reaching hearts and minds to counter discrimination associated with mental illnesses
An electronic publication discussing how art can be a powerful force in correcting the misperception that people who have mental illnesses lack the same interests and abilities as everyone else.

A mentally healthy workforce: It's good for business
This booklet provides assistance to employers and companies who are interested in changing the workplace from a mentally unhealthy environment to a healthy one.

Resources, web pages, and internet links for faith communities
List of helpful resources for faith communities and NAMI affiliates which provide resources for persons of faith to help congregations in their understanding of mental illnesses.

Creating caring congregations
A brochure providing basic steps in developing a congregation with a better understanding of mental illness, where individuals with mental illnesses and others are welcomed.

A New Hampshire Guide to Mental Health and Healthy Aging for Older Adults and Caregivers
This guidebook was written for older adults with mental health concerns or mental illnesses, and their caregivers and family members. Living with mental health problems can be challenging, and as an individual grows older, further health issues are often encountered. Some references are specific to New Hampshire resources, but the overall themes can be applied universally.

Maryland rural families speak: About mental health
This article briefly discusses the findings from a study of families in two Maryland counties. It provides insight into the experiences of rural, low-income families.

Filing an ADA employment discrimination charge: 'Making it work for you'
This guidebook provides information about how the ADA employment discrimination administrative charge process works and what has happened when individuals with psychiatric disabilities have filed administrative claims of employment discrimination. It explains, through discussion and examples, when, where, and how to file a charge.

Challenging Stereotypes: An Action Guide
This guide contains information on how to respond to inaccurate media and advertising portrayals of people with, or who have experienced, mental health or substance use challenges. It features a section on step-by-step development of letters about inaccurate and unfair portrayals. It also includes resource listings.

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