News and Notes . . . and Video! for September 8, 2016

In this edition of our News and Notes email, we would like to share a series of videos of presentations given at The 18th Annual Family Café this past June. The Annual Family Café is the nation’s largest statewide cross-disability event. It attracts thousands of attendees from throughout Florida and beyond, and they are exposed to a wealth of information, including a complete track of mental health sessions. The 18th Annual Family Café also included a mental health keynote this year, with suicide prevention advocate Kevin Hines.

Here’s some of what we recorded:

Cracked Not Broken with Kevin Hines – In this keynote address delivered at The 18th Annual Family Cafe this past June in Orlando, suicide prevention and mental health advocate Kevin Hines shares his message of hope and resilience. – https://youtu.be/Ldd5dZoAZRk

Working Roles in Recovery – This workshop informs participants about employment roles, competencies, and the Florida Certification process for Certified Recovery Peer Specialists. – https://youtu.be/QeH6Z_XviF0

Recovery Rocks! The Self-Directed Care Way – A self-directed care program participant talks about how she went from being on life support to starting her recovery journey with help from the FL Self-Directed Care Program (FL SDC). This innovative service delivery program places individuals with mental illness at the center of their own decision-making, by allowing participants to work with a recovery coach to manage a budget that allows for purchases that enhance their recovery and help them reach their recovery goals. – https://youtu.be/O9poZjDhcrQ

The Power of Shared Decision Making and Peer Support in Recovery – This session explores the role shared decision making can play in mental health recovery. It includes information on tools for shared decision making in treatment. It also explores the benefits of peer support and ways individuals can be linked to a peer supporter in the community. – https://youtu.be/ml1Hm09uTSU

Trauma and Individuals with Disabilities – This presentation explores what trauma is and some possible causes of trauma; the importance of taking trauma into consideration in all aspects of life and care; the potential effects of trauma; potential causes and the impact of trauma, especially on individuals with disabilities; available therapies for trauma; and an introduction to trauma-informed care. – https://youtu.be/3QdefysDuhs

We hope you enjoy this taste of The 18th Annual Family Café’s mental health content!

As usual, we have even more for you collected below, including information on September’s Recovery Month activities, as well as information about the upcoming Alternatives conference. We hope to see you there!

 


September is Recovery Month

Every September SAMHSA promotes National Recovery Month to bring national attention to behavioral health and let people know that recovery is possible! This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!” SAMHSA has many materials and resources to help mental health consumer organizations participate in Recovery Month, as well as a National Recovery Month Facebook page, a Recovery Month Youtube channel, a Recovery Month Twitter feed, and a National Recovery Month Toolkit in English or Spanish.

See what’s available at https://www.recoverymonth.gov/.

 


Hillary Clinton Releases Mental Health Policy Plan

Hillary Clinton has put out an extensive plan to address the nation’s mental health challenges. You can read the plan in full at https://www.hillaryclinton.com/briefing/factsheets/2016/08/29/hillary-clintons-comprehensive-agenda-on-mental-health/

This article provides a brief overview: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/hillary-clinton-mental-health-policy-plan

And this article tries to imagine what results Clinton’s plan might bring, while also looking at what direction a Donald Trump administration might take in tackling the issue: http://www.healthline.com/health-news/what-clintons-mental-health-reform-would-accomplish#1

 


Alternatives is Coming

The 30th Annual Alternatives conference is coming to San Diego on September 19-23. We hope to see you there!

You can find everything you need to know about Alternatives at http://www.alternatives2016peerlinktac.org/.

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Cracked Not Broken with Kevin Hines

In this keynote address delivered at The 18th Annual Family Cafe this past June in Orlando, suicide prevention and mental health advocate Kevin Hines shares his message of hope and resilience.

Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Kevin Hines attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four (less than 1%) to survive the fall and he is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy internationally. Kevin Hines has gone one to become an award-winning global speaker, bestselling author, documentary filmmaker, and suicide prevention and mental health advocate who has reached millions with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live (www.kevinhinesstory.com).

 

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Working Roles in Recovery

This workshop from The 18th Annual Family Cafe informs participants about employment roles, competencies, and the Florida Certification process for Certified Recovery Peer Specialists. Attendees are given an overview of the Florida Certification Board’s certification process in addition to learning about core competencies that apply to all forms of peer support and employment. Participants learn about the various roles that Certified Peer Specialist can fulfill and the job titles that apply to those roles and the core competencies necessary to fulfill these roles.

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Recovery Rocks! The Self-Directed Care Way

In this presentation from The 18th Annual Family Cafe, self-directed care program participant Cindy Witt talks about her passionate advocacy for herself and others with severe and persistent mental health and/or substance abuse diagnoses. Cindy shares how she went from being on life support to starting her recovery journey with help from the FL Self-Directed Care Program (FL SDC). This innovative service delivery program places individuals with mental illness at the center of their own decision-making, by allowing participants to work with a recovery coach to manage a budget that allows for purchases that enhance their recovery and help them reach their recovery goals.

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The Power of Shared Decision Making and Peer Support in Recovery

In this presentation from The 18th Annual Family Cafe held this past June in Orlando, presenter Dana Foglesong discusses the role shared decision making can play in mental health recovery. Partnering with your healthcare provider and having support to meet your whole health goals are important factors in recovery. This workshop includes information on tools for shared decision making in treatment. It also explores the benefits of peer support and ways individuals can be linked to a peer supporter in the community.

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