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An Address from Erin Callinan, Author of “Beautifully Bipolar”

At The 19th Annual Family Cafe this past June in Orlando, mental health advocate Erin Callinan led a conversation about her experience living with, and recovering from, bipolar disorder. From 2001-2004, Erin endured incredibly difficult manic and depressive episodes. She found herself needing an outlet. Fortunately, she kept a journal as a means to process …

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Alternatives Conference Keynote Lineup Announced

The lineup of Keynote Speakers for the upcoming Alternatives conference, which is scheduled for August 18-21 in Boston, is now set! Here it is: Friday Night Dinner and Opening >> 6:30 – 8:30 pm Brenda Vezina: Creating Trauma-Informed Healing Communities – The Six Principles of a Trauma Informed Approach include examples of safety, trustworthiness, empowerment, collaboration …

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Alternatives Conference Award Nominations

At each Alternatives conference, awards are given to people who have contributed to the community. Nominations for each of the following awards are welcome, and should be submitted by July 21, 2017. Esperanza Hope Award In honoring contributing members of our community, Alternatives has presented the Esperanza Hope Award to a consumer/survivor/peer of color who …

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News and Notes for March 7, 2017

We’re pleased to let you know that preparations for the 2017 Alternatives Conference are well underway, with the event scheduled for Friday, August 18 through Monday, August 21, at the Boston Park Plaza in Boston, MA! The SAMHSA-sponsored Alternatives conference is a truly remarkable international event, where mental health consumers/survivors cme together to share knowledge …

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News and Notes for #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday. What’s #GivingTuesday? It’s an idea that began a few years ago, and grew out of the tradition of Black Friday shopping, and the more recent growth of Cyber Monday, the day dedicated to online shopping. During the holiday season, we spend a lot of time and energy on searching out bargains and …

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News and Notes for Global Peer Support Celebration Day

Today is Global Peer Supporter Celebration Day! This is a day to recognize the amazing work peers are doing to help people with mental health needs, and to bring a message of hope and recovery to our mental health system. This global day of recognition was created by the International Association of Peer Supporters in …

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