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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

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I'm the Evidence
This campaign celebrates the recovery and success of individuals with mental health problems in an aim to bring hope and encouragement to others by showing that people can and do recover. Individuals can share their stories, serve as campaign ambassadors, or become involved in the Faces of Mental Health Recovery Public Art Project. Organizations are also invited to partner with the campaign.

Stand Up For Mental Health
Stand Up For Mental Health is a program that teaches stand-up comedy to mental health consumers as a way of building confidence and fighting negative misperceptions of the public. Counselor and stand-up comic David Granirer, who himself has depression, runs the program in partnership with mental health organizations across North America.

Society for the Arts in Healthcare
This nonprofit corporation works to highlight the beneficial role that the arts can play in the healing process. They encourage the incorporation of artistic approaches within healthcare facilities and provide resources to professions in the healthcare and art fields. There are a number of online resources, including some for starting a program that supports arts in health care, an artist registry, and listings of arts and healthcare education programs worldwide.

Survivors Art Foundation
The Survivors Art Foundation (SAF) promotes recovery through the arts and seeks to empower trauma survivors in a variety of ways, including through outreach programs, an online gallery of survivors' art, and employment skills development. SAF also works to increase public awareness through the arts by being a platform for trauma survivors/artists to market and display their work and gain recognition as they heal. The SAF website features sections on survivor resources, an art gallery, and featured artists.

Facing Us
Facing Us is a website-based program developed by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance that offers a range of behavioral health tools and resources for people with mood disorders and the general public. Users can create profiles and access features that include a journal, a creativity center, and a wellness tracker. Site access and resources are free.

Youth M.O.V.E. National
Youth M.O.V.E. is a coalition of youths, youth advocates, parents, and professionals who increase awareness of youth issues and encourage providers to involve youths in decisions about their care and treatment. The group has worked with SAMHSA to define "youth-guided system" and to provide grants to youth organizations that promote social inclusion for youth involved in behavioral health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare systems. The Youth M.O.V.E. website includes updates about the group, stories and artwork, and links to additional resources.

Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMHCN) Peer Support and Wellness Center
The GMHCN Peer Support and Wellness Center is a peer-run alternative to hospitalization and mental health day programs. The Center has respite beds available for consumers who are experiencing crises and hosts daily activities, such as creative writing, computer skills training, and bowling, that are open to overnight and non-overnight participants.

blueSCI
This UK-based organization focuses on providing a variety of services, supports, and opportunities to assist individuals experiencing mental health problems in developing a sense of purpose and direction, developing healthy relationships with others, and achieving their personal goals and potential. This is achieved through a range of creative opportunities and practical advice related to the person's aspirations as part of their recovery.

Altered States of the Arts
Altered States of the Arts is a nationwide network of creative people who are current or former recipients of psychiatric services. Their purpose is to promote the arts as a vehicle for social change and personal empowerment. They promote artists, writers and performers throughout the country whose art contains a "message" about their mental health issues that can provide insight and understanding to a wide audience of persons receiving services, mental health providers and the public at large.

The Fountain Gallery
The Fountain Gallery is a nonprofit cooperative run by and for artists living with mental illnesses. It works to change common misconceptions about people living with mental illnesses by publicly exhibiting the works of their talented artists and by providing a safe and secure place for self-expression.

With an OPEN mind
With an OPEN mind is a public education program in the Thunder Bay region of Canada. It aims to reduce myths and misconceptions surrounding mental illness through the shaping of public attitudes so that people with mental illnesses have an improved sense of acceptance, purpose, and freedom in their communities.

The Awakenings Project
The Awakenings Project (Awakenings) is a grass-roots initiative run by and for artists with mental illnesses. Awakenings raises public awareness of the important contributions that individuals with mental illnesses make to the larger community. It also helps people with mental illnesses to develop and enhance their creativity.

Nothing to Hide: Mental Illness in the Family
Nothing To Hide: Mental Illness in the Family is a touring photo and text exhibit that was developed by the Family Diversity Project, a nonprofit educational organization based in Amherst, MA. The exhibit, which debuted in 1999?2000, presents a collection of museum-quality photographs and the text of interviews that tell poignant stories of courageous individuals and their families whose lives are affected by mental health problems. The exhibit also is available in book form, featuring portraits and stories of 44 families who defy the prejudice so often held against individuals with mental health challenges by speaking candidly about their lives.

American Art Therapy Association, Inc. (AATA)
The American Art Therapy Association is an organization of professionals dedicated to the belief that the creative process involved in art making is healing and life enhancing. Its mission is to serve its members and the general public by providing standards of professional competence, and developing and promoting knowledge in, and of, the field of art therapy.

National Association for Drama Therapy (NADT)
The National Association for Drama Therapy is a non-profit association established to uphold high standards of professional competence and ethics among drama therapists; to develop criteria for training and registration; to sponsor publications and conferences; and to promote the profession of drama therapy through information and advocacy.

National Association for Poetry Therapy
The National Association for Poetry Therapy is a world-wide community of poets, writers, journalkeepers, helping professionals, health care professionals, educators, and lovers of words who recognize and appreciate the healing power of language. Poetry therapists work in mental health, medical, geriatric, therapeutic, educational and community settings

National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations (NCCATA)
c/o AMTA
8455 Colesville Rd., Ste. 1000
Silver Spring MD, 20910
NCCATA is an alliance of professional associations dedicated to the advancement of the arts as therapeutic modalities. NCCATA represents over 8000 individual members of six creative arts therapies associations. The creative arts therapies include art therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, poetry therapy, and psychodrama.

The Kids on the Block, Inc.
The Kids on the Block (KOB) is an educational puppet theatre company that researches, develops and performs live programs addressing a wide range of topics, including childrens mental health.

Movie Monday
Begun in 1993 by a mental health consumer, Movie Monday is a weekly film series offered in the auditorium of a psychiatric hospital in Canada. The series is designed for people with mental health problems, their families, and the general public. It features a mix of films to educate people and break down stereotypes and misconceptions about people with mental health and substance use problems.

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This Web site was developed under contract with the Office of Consumer Affairs in SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. The views, opinions, and content provided on this Web site do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA or HHS. The resources listed in this Web site are not all-inclusive and inclusion on this Web site does not constitute an endorsement by SAMHSA or HHS.