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News and Notes for December 19

The end of the 2017 is almost here, and the holidays are upon us. This is a busy time for many people, with plenty of things to cross off the to-do list before enjoying the season. Here at The CAFÉ TA Center, one of the things on our to-do list is to get you one last edition of our News & Notes email before the year is out! Even though your attention may be drawn to holiday planning, friends and family as December comes to a close, there is still a lot happening in the world of mental health. In …

Focus 47: The Challenge of Higher Education for Mental Health Consumers—A First Hand Perspective

The benefits of educational attainment are clear and widely recognized. People with better educations have access to better jobs, and earn more over the course of their lives. They also develop careers, and benefit from the sense of purpose and direction that accompany a life of meaningful work. For people with mental health conditions, the benefits of higher education are no less essential, but they can be more difficult to attain. Not only are there barriers in terms of finding a campus that will provide the necessary accommodations and supports, but there are also the significant financial barriers to higher …

News and Notes for November 30, 2017

By now, hopefully, you have adjusted to the season’s shorter days, and the annual fall ritual of setting your clock back an hour. The sudden loss of an hour of sunlight in the afternoon can be jarring, and for some, the general lack of daylight that sets in this time of year can have a negative impact on mental health. This phenomenon is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, and is sometimes referred to as SAD. People that experience SAD deal with things like depression, fatigue, weight gain, a desire to sleep more than usual and a lack of energy. If …

News and Notes for October 18

It’s October, and with the new month comes a renewed focus on mental health awareness among people with lived experience of mental health conditions. Tuesday, October 10th marks World Mental Health Day, an international recognition of the importance of mental health as part of overall health and wellness sponsored by the World Health Organization. This year, the WHO has placed an emphasis on mental health in the workplace. Additionally, the first week of October is “Mental Illness Awareness Week,” an event that was established by Congress in 1990 to bring national attention to mental health. October also brings Global Peer …

News and Notes for September 13

Welcome to September, which marks the return of the annual celebration of wellness and recovery that is Recovery Month. Recovery Month offers advocates in the mental health community an opportunity not only to consider what recovery means in their own lives, but also what recovery means to those with less knowledge and understanding of the reality of living with a mental health condition. When they hear the word “recovery,” it’s likely that most people think about substance abuse first and foremost. And when the same people hear the phrase “mental illness,” they imagine a permanent, debilitating state that means the …

About the CafeTAC

The CAFÉ TA Center is a program of The Family Café, a cross-disability organization that has been connecting individuals with information, training and resources since 1998. The Center is supported by SAMHSA to operate one of its five national technical assistance centers; providing technical assistance, training, and resources that facilitate the restructuring of the mental health system through effective consumer directed approaches for adults with serious mental illnesses across the country.

We Exist to Help You

The CAFÉ TA Center is committed to providing quality training to consumers and advocates throughout the country. Consumers in the community need the right knowledge and tools to effectively organize, speak for themselves, and thrive in their daily lives. Thanks to the technology available, it has become relatively easy to connect with consumers and advocates and share resources without having to ask people to interrupt their daily routines by traveling to attend training.

Check Our Resource Bank

The CAFÉ TA Center is committed to connecting consumers, advocates and organizations with information and resources that can make a real difference for them, regardless of where they come from. That’s why we have created this section, to house those resources that partners, experts, peers and advocates and developed and chosen to share with others. We truly believe that our advocacy and capacity can be greatly enhanced by working together, not only across states and SAMHSA programs, but also across the entire spectrum of healthcare and human services advocacy.

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