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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Last Updated: 6/22/2012

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance,
Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with
Mental Health (ADS Center)


Firewalkers: Stories of People Transformed by Mental Illness
Charlottesville, Virginia

Start Date

Brief Description
This project was developed by the Virginia Organization of Consumers Asserting Leadership, Inc. through funding by the 2007 Campaign for Mental Health Recovery state implementation awards and is due to be completed by May 2009.

This project involves the creation of a book which will include personal stories of 7 people who have experienced a mental illness. These individuals will be interviewed at length and their stories compiled to develop a book which can be used to educate people about mental illness. The book will include information on mental illness and social inclusion strategies, as well as an appendix on recovery resources. Photographs of the individuals also will be taken for use on their book, web site, and poster. An educational "how to" manual also will be created for use in classrooms, medical schools, college orientation programs, and m mental health programs.

To obtain further information on this project contact Ann Bohr Benner at or via phone at 804-343-1777.

You also can access the project web page by clicking here.


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