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Last Updated: 10/23/2013

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance,
Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with
Mental Health (ADS Center)


2013 Campaign for Social Inclusion Awardee Project Summaries

12-24 Club, Inc.  External Web Site Policy.

The 12-24 Club in collaboration with the Wyoming Health Council will use the Community Readiness Model and PhotoVoice program as a means of documenting the experiences of young adults who have experienced trauma as a result of growing up in a home where substance use and/or mental health conditions were present. Three communities have been identified as target communities for this intervention: Casper (the second largest town in Wyoming, with a population of about 55,000); Laramie (the home of the University of Wyoming); and the Wind River Indian Reservation, which houses both the Arapahoe and Eastern Shoshoni Tribes. Approximately six youth will be identified in each community to tell their story through a photo journal. Those photo journals will be shared at a reception in each community and posted on designated social networks identified by the youth.

To obtain further information about this project, contact Rob Johnston at or via phone at 307–237–8035, ext. 205.

Heartland Consumer Network, a program of St. Louis Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance  External Web Site Policy.
Poetry for Personal Power

Poetry for Personal Power, a program of Missouri's Heartland Consumer Network, uses performance art to share messages of resiliency with young people who rarely hear peer-based mental health information. The program’s hip-hop and spoken word poetry has a key audience of African American youth aged 18–25. In each of the project’s 150 events in the coming year, audiences will be asked to commit to listening or providing peer support to at least one person in the room. The project will involve training 50 replication poets this year on artist career development, which will greatly impact one of the Nation's most employment-challenged age and ethnic groups. Poetry for Personal Power will teach its poets how to find audiences for their performances while sharing mental health messaging via traditional marketing and social media. The project’s resiliency message is plain, one simple sentence: “Everyone goes through adversity and the best way through is to talk to someone who's been there and find what gives you personal power.” Poetry for Personal Power is working toward research to make the program an evidence-based practice, national replication processes, and a reach of more than 6,000 audience members in its fourth year.

To obtain further information about this project, contact Corinna West at  or via phone at 816–392–6074.

Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery (IAMHR)  External Web Site Policy.
The Recovery League

IAMHR will publish a graphic novel created by young adults who have experience in navigating personal difficulties. This graphic novel will be designed to spread a message of hope and resilience among youth, encouraging them to challenge preconceptions and reclaim their lives. Recovery League staff will partner with universities, community colleges, and mental health centers across Iowa to host multimedia seminars to educate young people about recovery resources and recruit participants to share their talents in storytelling and artwork in developing the graphic novel. They plan to design a website and use various social media outlets (such as Facebook and Tumblr) to promote the project and engage youth in the project’s creation. The graphic novel is scheduled for publication in May 2014. It will be distributed in print across the State and will be available for free download online.

To obtain further information about this project, contact Jessica Tull at or via phone at 256–343–2838.

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio supporting YouthMOVE Ohio  External Web Site Policy.
YouthMOVE Ohio Social Inclusion Initiative

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio, the Ohio Federation for Children’s Mental Health, and the Youth Empowerment Program have joined forces to support youth involved in YouthMOVE Ohio by creating a youth-directed mental health campaign to establish a youth voice on mental health in Ohio. This will be accomplished by connecting youth and young adults to one another as a means of support, encouraging self-guided access to services, and encouraging growth through resiliency.

YouthMOVE Ohio is targeting a diverse group of rural and urban cross-systems youth to participate in planning, creating, and implementing special technology projects to accomplish the goals of breaking myths, building access, and promoting resiliency through the use of social media, film, and youth-planned community events. A core group of State and local youth leaders will be trained in leadership and project planning. 

To obtain further information about this project, contact Angela Lariviere at or via phone at 614–209–9779.

The Ohio Empowerment Coalition (OEC)  External Web Site Policy.
Ohio Legacy Council Social Inclusion Project

The OEC/Legacy Council Social Inclusion Project will expand young adult–specific peer support specialist training capacity in Ohio. Training provided as part of this young adult–driven project will include relevant topics and issues that apply to the young adult population. The project will be a statewide effort and will be approached regionally through the support of the OEC’s already established Regional Hubs. The Regional Hubs will assist in locating the young adults of that region by providing information on where to most effectively focus outreach efforts. Over the life of the grant the OEC plans to train 50 young adults in the State of Ohio as certified young adult peer support specialists.

To obtain further information about this project, contact Mona Duffy at  or via phone at 614–310–8054.

Project Return Peer Support Network  External Web Site Policy.
Transmedia Storytelling to Promote Social Inclusion

Project Return Peer Support Network and The Painted Brain will collaborate to reduce stereotyping and alienation associated with mental health challenges among students ages 18–22 at the L.A. Conservation Corps High School. Staff will work with students as they create transmedia campaigns about their personal or fictional accounts of struggle and recovery. Transmedia is the telling of a single story across multiple platforms and formats using digital technologies. Students will have the opportunity to create their own videos or other personal work to tell their story. They will work in small groups of two to three students to create a piece of the campaign. Students will learn to use video and still cameras, video editing software, and social media tools. Weinreich Communications, which specializes in transmedia, will consult with project staff and students to provide guidance about the content; the strategic use of various media; and releasing content using YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Web sites, and other communications tools. Students will present their campaign to the entire student body and a broader audience at a public venue.

To obtain further information about this project, contact Alice Luck at or 323–346–0960 or visit External Web Site Policy. or External Web Site Policy.

Youth Voice, the Colorado Chapter of Youth MOVE  External Web Site Policy.
The Flicker Project

Youth Voice, the Colorado chapter of Youth MOVE, will select areas across the State in which to hold four trainings. The training is called Flicker, and it is designed by youth and people with lived experience for youth and people with lived experience. For each training, at least five youth will be educated to be subject matter experts and recognized as youth leaders. Youth Voice has plans for the youth leaders to present at conferences and board meetings—concentrating on those who serve youth in the behavioral health system and in their own communities.

A collection of video resumes will be developed to highlight these subject matter experts and their skills and stories. These video resumes will be used to help select peer leaders to work toward systems change, bring hope to peers and their families, and fight prejudice toward peers. Trainings will conclude with a recording of Flicker stories that Youth Voice will combine and edit to be used as public service announcements (PSAs). These PSAs will be disseminated across the State by Youth Voice’s partners to promote youth inclusion and fight biases, inaccurate perceptions, and intolerance.

To obtain further information about this project, contact Ty Smith at or via phone at 720–258–5121.

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