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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)


Healing Voices Campaign
Sioux City, Iowa

Start Date

Brief Description
This project was developed by the Mental Health Association of Siouxland through funding by the 2007 Campaign for Mental Health Recovery state implementation awards and completed in December 2008.

The Mental Health Association of Siouxland developed a speakers bureau featuring mental health consumers of all ages including young adult presenters.

The project conducted 47 presentations throughout Iowa and gave 18 mental health consumers the opportunity to share messages of hope and recovery in their communities. Individuals participating in the project received training in public speaking and assisted in arranging the speaking events. Despite the Iowa floods of 2008, the project moved steadily forward and presented at several community organizations including; high schools and colleges, church gatherings, mental health provider conferences, civic groups, and at various state and city leader meetings.

The project also developed and maintains a Website,, which provides information on booking presentations, the reduction of social exclusion, and helpful links.

The speakers bureau continues to function and is now a part of the Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery.

To obtain further information on this project contact Michael Wood at or via phone at 712-255-1691.

You also can access the project web page by clicking here.


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