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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Last Updated: 6/22/2012

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


Effective Partnerships to Support the Campaign for Mental Health Recovery

In a taped webcast, two presenters Linda Williams and Alison Malmon, share their experiences as partners to the Campaign for Mental Health Recovery (CMHR) and provide details on their collaborative efforts to support the CMHR. The webcast is available for viewing on the ADS Center Web site. To view the webcast, please click here.

On January 30, 2008, the presenters of the webcast participated in a discussion session, where they responded to questions from participants who had viewed the taped webcast. To access the archived recording of this discussion session, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Dial 1-888-844-1786
  2. Once prompted, enter 249594#.

Training Summary

The development of Statewide and community- based efforts is critical to the successful implementation of the CMHR and the reduction of stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems. Collaborations among community groups and State organizations can effectively increase the support of the CMHR and help spread its message of hope and recovery, “What a difference a friend makes.” The goal of the CMHR is to encourage, educate, and inspire people between 18 and 25 to support their friends who are experiencing mental health problems, to help them recover, and reduce the stigma and discrimination often experienced by individuals with mental illnesses. 

The SAMHSA ADS Center has developed this webcast to provide CMHR coordinators and partners with an opportunity to learn about the various ways that some CMHR partners have successfully connected with organizations in their States and communities to support the CMHR. The webcast highlights work being done by CMHR Partners Linda Williams and Alison Malmon and aims to motivate, educate, and inspire other CMHR Partners and State Coordinators. The webcast demonstrates how to actively seek out partners who can help promote the CMHR. To access the webcast training, click here.

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Presentation Files

The Webcast contains a PowerPoint Presentation. If you would like to download a copy, please access the following links:

Linda Williams’ Presentation Files

Alison Malmon’s Presentation Files

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Linda Williams
CMHR State Partner
Training and Education Project Director, Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program
As a State partner to the CMHR, Linda has worked extensively with various organizations in her Maine to spread the message and gain support for the CMHR. Linda is currently the Training and Education Project Director for the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program.  She has also worked as a middle school teacher in Michigan, as Coordinator of Maine’s Statewide Network of Peer Helping Programs, and as an Education Specialist and the Prevention Team Manager at the Maine Office of Substance Abuse. During her time at the Maine Office of Substance Abuse, Linda was responsible for bringing $20 million for substance abuse prevention to the State, including funds from a SAMHSA State Incentive Grant and a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant. Her expertise is in the areas of child abuse, substance abuse and youth suicide prevention. Linda graduated Phi Beta Kappa and earned her Master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Alison K. Malmon
CMHR College
Outreach Collaborator and Partner
Founder and Executive Director, Active Minds, Inc.
Alison Malmon is Founder and Executive Director of Active Minds, Inc., the only national organization dedicated to utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness on college campuses.  Alison formed the first chapter of the organization in 2001 following the suicide of her only sibling, Brian Malmon.  Determined to combat the stigma that had caused Brian to suffer in silence and ultimately take his own life, Alison formed a student group on her campus at the University of Pennsylvania, dedicated to raising awareness and creating a dialogue about mental health issues. Two years later, upon graduation, Alison turned the student group into a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and supporting similar student groups, or chapters, on campuses nationwide.  In less than five years, Active Minds has grown to have chapters on more than 80 college and university campuses around the country and in Canada. It has been recognized for its innovative approach to raising awareness about the key mental health issues that young adults face. As the Executive Director of Active Minds, Alison has been working directly with SAMHSA and the Ad Council to use various Active Minds chapters to educate the CMHR target audience on the importance of the Campaign and its message.

For additional webcast information, contact the Campaign Liaisons:

Ruth Montag
Telephone: 240-744-7062

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