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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 …

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 the various feelings of pain, confusion, understanding and growth she was experiencing. Several years later, after relocating to Phoenix, AZ, she had the opportunity to live by herself for the first time. That change gave her the clarity to write. To reflect. To be. Undisturbed …

News and Notes for July 21

While peer support in the mental health community has gained traction in recent years, it is still relatively unfamiliar to the average person on the street. They might know that mental health is a leading health issue, or that more people need support than end up getting it, but they are unlikely to understand the role that people with lived experience can play in supporting recovery and helping their peers to live meaningful lives in the community. However, based on a recent attention brought to peer support by National Public Radio, it appears that peer support may become a more …

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 and peer support. This keynote will explore the data to connect the audience to the prevalence of trauma, the signs, and the dedication as a healing community to resist causing any further harm. Saturday Morning >> 8-9:30 am Cathy Cave: Peer Support and Cultural Attunement …

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.

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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.

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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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