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/.