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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)


Mental Health Client Action Network (MHCAN)
Santa Cruz, California

Start Date

Brief Description
This project was developed by the Mental Health Client Action Network through funding by the 2007 Campaign for Mental Health Recovery state implementation awards and completed in December 2008.

The MHCAN project used a multi-media approach to reach the target audience of the CMHR and provided young adult mental health consumers with an opportunity to reflect on their own stories as a means of educating the public.
Young adult participants attended a three-day workshop called the “Listening Well Experience.” This workshop provided them with an opportunity to learn about themselves and feel comfortable in sharing their stories of recovery.
The youth also worked closely with the MHCAN Art Director in creating individual and collaborative art pieces which were compiled to create a recovery folder/kit that is being shared with individuals in the local community.
This CMHR project conducted additional activities including the production of a DVD featuring the young adult participants telling their stories, the hosting of a target audience radio show and a multimedia event at which all of the activities were showcased.

MHCAN staff continue to work closely with the youth that were involved in the CMHR Project and youth participants have been invited to collaborate in other CMHR related activities such as forums and a presentation at the 2009 NAMI Convention.

To obtain further information on this project contact Linda Kiva at or via phone at 831-469-0462 x 302.


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