mental health

Video: The Intersection Of Physical And Mental Health

Is there a relationship between physical and mental health? Can your regular doctor help you with mental or behavioral health questions? What should you look for and ask about when advocating for necessary services for yourself or someone you care about? With the progress of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Mental Health Parity …

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CAFE TAC Presents: Advocating for Peer Specialist Positions

The CAFE TA Center is pleased to announce its newest online training, Workforce Development: Advocating for Peer Support Specialist Positions. Within the mental health community, the value of peer specialists and their ability to connect with others by virtue of their combination of lived experience and expertise is relatively well-known. However, among funders, providers and …

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Are You Ready for the Next Disaster?

From wild fires in the West to hurricanes in the Gulf, disaster can reach people in every corner of the country. People with mental health needs can be particularly challenged by disasters, which can disrupt treatment routines and trigger trauma. Fortunately, there is one reliable way to get through a disaster intact, and that is …

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Veterans in the Mental Health Workforce

With conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan coming to an end, our country is experiencing an influx of veterans. Sadly, suicide among veterans is an epidemic, and many suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. At the same time, unemployment among veterans is also a pressing issue. In a new Focus newsletter, “Expanding the Role of Veterans …

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What Does Supported Education Look Like?

When it initially emerged in the 1990’s, the concept of supported education was heralded as a promising practice that could help people with psychiatric disabilities return to school by providing the right support. Two decades later, the idea of supported education continues to grow in popularity, and many colleges and universities have entire programs tasked …

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Workforce Development: Addressing Stigma in the Workforce

In many ways, modern American life is defined by work. Most people agree that being part of the workforce is valuable, not just because of the obvious benefits like compensation, but also because of the sense of purpose and self-worth that accompany employment. For individuals with mental health needs, having a job can be especially …

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Cross Disability Collaboration: What Can We Accomplish Together?

For decades now, consumer organizations and the larger consumer movement have been advocating for the rights of individuals with mental health needs. Many strong advocates have worked to end stigma, increase opportunities to live and work in the community, and put individuals with mental illnesses in control of their own care. At the same time, …

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