Brochures, Fact Sheets, Guides and Toolkits
The Recovery Institute
The Recovery Institute is a Community Care Behavioral Health Organization project that works in collaboration with Dr. Pat Deegan and others to have recovery-oriented services at all levels of Pennsylvania's mental health system. This project seeks to implement this in 36 Pennsylvania counties through consultation, training, online information and resources for providers, and involvement of individuals with lived experience as advisors and peer specialists at all levels of the project.
Psychiatrist Daniel Fisher talks about hope and recovery
In this 10-minute interview, psychiatrist Daniel Fisher, Executive Director of the National Empowerment Center, describes what recovery can mean for someone with a mental disorder and the roles that hope, love, and support play in one's recovery. He describes recovery as having a full life in one's community, one where an individual feels that his or her life is worth living. Dr. Fisher also describes the impact that support from loved ones had on his own recovery journey.
What is "people first" language?
Language can have a big impact on how things are interpreted and internalized, by individuals and by society as a whole. It has the potential to offend and also, empower and convey respect. This AskEARN fact sheet on "people first" language lists some of the negative language to be avoided and more appropriate language to use when referring to individuals with disabilities, including people with mental health issues.
WRAP® for everyday lives - Webinar recording and PowerPoint slides
This Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery Webinar explores the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) approach to managing mental health issues. The webinar describes ways WRAP embraces individuals' uniqueness and encourages self-determination, while helping people progress in their recovery journeys. It also discusses the key role of personal responsibility and the importance of understanding and recognizing one's triggers.
Strategic advantage of diversity
This Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) fact sheet outlines some key benefits of diversity within the workplace. It focuses on one's disability as adding to a diverse work environment and the benefits of workplace inclusion, which include job satisfaction and loyalty to a company. The brief 1-minute video included on this page also highlights benefits of diversity in the workplace.
Overcoming stigma ~ Your Life Matters: Chesapeake Energy's success story
In this Webinar, the Chesapeake Energy Corporation's efforts to counter the negative and harmful attitudes and beliefs associated with mental disorders through their "Your Life Matters" campaign are discussed. Through their work with community leaders and understanding of a need to enhance their Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Chesapeake Energy has been successful in educating employees about mental health-related issues and has dramatically increased use of their EAP.
Identifying mental health and substance use problems of children and adolescents: A guide for child-serving organizations
This guide is a resource that helps with the early recognition of mental health and substance use disorders in children and adolescents. It includes various tools to help with early identification and examines key factors associated with children and youth and mental health and substance use, including community resources and partnerships, child welfare, family, domestic violence, trauma, and juvenile justice.
Shine | A Project of P.E.E.R.S.
Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (P.E.E.R.S.), one of five 2011 Campaign for Social Inclusion Awardee organizations, created this documentary film highlighting the inspirational stories of three youth living in the urban community of Oakland, CA. Each has overcome mental health challenges and trauma and touches on key issues including violence, trauma, and cultural norms as they share their personal stories during the film. The Shine Web site includes four versions of the film to help give individuals sharing this film with others options for using it in different settings. There is also a screening toolkit provided that includes resources to help in facilitating discussions within the community.
A toolkit for evaluating programs meant to erase the stigma of mental illness
This toolkit is a resource for individuals looking to counter the negative and harmful attitudes and beliefs associated with mental disorders, providing a way of evaluating changes to help advocates and researchers. It defines the three types of stigma that have been identified--public stigma, self-stigma, and label avoidance--and includes materials for addressing each, such as questionnaires and scales. To access this toolkit, click on the Toolkit link on the Resources page.
Recovery insights: Learning from lived experience
Produced by Rethink Mental Illness, an organization in England dedicated to promoting awareness about mental health and supporting people in recovery, this booklet explores recovery and the lived experiences of 55 individuals, emphasizing the role that other people can play in one's recovery journey. It provides specific learning points for recovery for others with mental disorders, their family and friends, and mental health providers.
Mental health matters: Expanded forced treatment
In this episode of Mental Health Matters, guests discuss the rights of individuals with mental disorders and the importance of choice and self-determination in improving wellness and recovery. The guests for this episode are Khatera Aslami, Executive Director of P.E.E.R.S., and Sally Zinman, a consumer movement pioneer and editor of the book Reaching Across: Mental Health Clients Helping Each Other. Aslami and Zinman describe the harm of forced treatment and forced medication on people in recovery, the community, and therapeutic relationships. They also discuss the California State law AB 1421, which allows counties to utilize forced outpatient treatment for people with mental disorders, and its role in the perpetuation of the myth that individuals with mental disorders are violent. P.E.E.R.S. has posted an AB 1421 position paper and a discussion of AB 1569, which would extend AB 1421 until 2019, to this Web page: http://www.peersnet.org/sites/default/files/PEERS-position-AB1421.pdf.
2012 join the voices for recovery: It's worth it; National Recovery Month toolkit
This National Recovery Month toolkit provided through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a resource for mental and substance use disorder information. According to the SAMHSA Store Web site, it "provides tools and educational materials to distribute in communities and during local events." It covers a broad range of topics related to recovery and recovery-related events and campaigns, including media outreach, targeted outreach, and lived experiences of people in recovery.
Speaking of hope
This 12-minute film was developed by the Transformation Center, a 2010 SAMHSA ADS Center Campaign for Social Inclusion awardee. In this film, individuals in recovery from mental health and substance use issues share their experiences of triumph, reaffirming the idea that recovery is real. Young adults, middle-aged adults, and older adults are showcased in this film, each representing various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Their unique perspectives and experiences address local needs and attitudes toward mental health and addiction recovery issues.
Shining stars - young adults in recovery
This documentary was created by Advocacy Unlimited, Inc., one of the SAMHSA ADS Center's 2010 Campaign for Social Inclusion awardees. Shining Stars is a 17-minute, culturally sensitive, educational documentary featuring the recovery stories of four young adults with mental health and substance use issues. The four young adults share their recovery journeys, which include experiences of loss, trauma, and other struggles. While sharing their stories, each "shining star" describes the hope he or she has for continuing on the path of recovery.
Homelessness and substance use disorder treatment: Recovery-oriented housing and achieving healthy lifestyles
This 2010 SAMHSA Webcast recognizes the complex relationship between homelessness and mental and substance use disorders and explores the connection between homelessness and the treatment of substance use disorders from a program and policy view. Also, it examines some of the issues of permanent supportive housing and methods of recovery support that help people achieve healthy lives and long-term recovery.
Mental Health Matters: Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
Mental Health Matters is a public access television show that highlights various mental health issues. This episode discusses Crisis Intervention Training which is designed to increase police officers' understanding of and ability to effectively interact with an individual who is experiencing a mental health crisis. The benefits of this training are discussed in interviews with a police officer, a family member, and a person in recovery.
Implementing evidence-based practices in mental health
This guidebook was designed to help community behavioral healthcare organizations implement evidence-based treatment approaches in their organization-approaches that have been scientifically shown to improve outcomes for individuals with mental and substance use disorders. This book, which describes the real-life experiences of a community support and treatment services organization in Washtenaw County in Michigan, outlines key strategies in a how-to format to assist organizations in making the organizational changes needed to implement evidence-based practices, including developing work plans and implementing and maintaining evidence-based practices.
Hospital diversion services: A manual on assisting in the development of a respite/diversion service in your area
Hospital diversion services have been shown to help address the issue of often overwhelmed and overcrowded hospitals while also providing consumers with unique peer-to-peer relationships to support them during an emotional crisis. This manual provides guidance to anyone looking to develop a local respite/diversion service. It describes vital components of a hospital diversion service including a basic design; how to go about staffing, budget, and funding; and a sample menu of services.
Sick on the job? Myths and realities about mental health and work
This Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) fact sheet presents data relevant to many of the misconceptions about mental health and employment. Productivity within the workplace as well as the role of quality treatment on improving employment outcomes is discussed. This OECD fact sheet also provides a list of ways that policy can help create a more inclusive job market for people with mental health problems.
Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)
This web page, provided through the Corporation for Enterprise Development's Web site, describes Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), matched savings accounts that help people in low- to moderate-income households develop assets. The Web site provides information about IDAs, including a directory of IDA programs, guidance on starting an IDA, and a public policy link for people interested in supporting efforts to have IDA programs become available to more low-income families across the U.S.
Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
This Web site describes the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), a Canada-wide savings plan reserved for individuals with disabilities. People with disabilities in Canada can use the RDSP to save and invest money and have their savings matched by the Canadian government. Relatives of people with disabilities may also contribute to an RDSP to help a family member save. The Web site provides a general overview of the RDSP, a tutorial to learn more, and a step-by-step guide.
Mental Health Matters-Mask Healing
In this episode of Mental Health Matters, a program which can be viewed online, a local activist describes how she uses an art therapy mask-making workshop to engage and empower individuals in recovery. Guests featured in this episode describe how both the creation of their mask and discussing the mask they created have been used as a form of self-expression and as a useful tool in their recovery journey.
A provider's guide to promoting economic self-sufficiency: A recovery-oriented approach
This blog post describes a guide that supports providers as they implement a recovery-oriented approach that encourages economic independence among individuals with mental and substance use disorders. The guide provides tools and techniques for guiding conversations on life goals, dreams, and financial hopes; evaluating one's ability to become self-sufficient financially; helping people develop plans for reaching their goals; and increasing individuals' understanding of economic independence and connecting with local resources.
WE can save campaign participant workbook: A workbook for people in recovery seeking economic self-sufficiency
This blog post provides information about a workbook that serves as a resource for people in recovery and providers looking to support individuals recovering from mental and substance use disorders. The workbook shares stories of recovery and consumers' own accounts of financial self-sufficiency, and it describes tools to help people with mental and substance use disorders to develop independence and financial skills and create an action plan for their lives.
A Promise to Myself: Passport to Self-Love
This unique smoking cessation guide emphasizes the importance of self-love as a means of maintaining and nurturing one's wellness and as a foundation for stopping smoking. It includes a number of activities for readers to complete on the topic of loving oneself, ending a relationship with cigarettes, and celebrating and rewarding oneself for accomplishing milestones associated with stopping smoking. There are also a number of positive, encouraging quotes included thoughout this guide.
Developing a Local Time Dollars Program
This section of the Community Tool Box toolkit provides information and guidance on developing a Time Dollars program. With this approach volunteers earn "time dollars" through time spent providing service and use those dollars to "buy" service needed or, by donating "dollars", volunteers help ensure that others in need will get the support they need. This section also describes reasons for creating a Time Dollars program and gives real world examples of instances where this type of program has been successful. This section also explores who would develop a Time Dollars program.
Combating Stigma Within the Michigan Mental Health System: A Toolkit for Change
This toolkit strives to educate people with mental disorders and providers on ways to recognize and counter negative attitudes and harmful beliefs within the mental and substance use disorder services system. In the Tools for Action section of this toolkit, there are recommendations on how to develop a campaign to counter these negative and harmful perceptions. This kit also describes the role of providers in addressing these prejudices and ways in which individuals can work to confront these issues.
Nuts and Bolts: A Technical Assistance Guide for Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Self-Help Groups
Individuals leading consumer/survivor-run organizations provide recommendations to others who want to develop their own organizations. This guide offers suggestions on a broad range of topics including developing a project plan, dealing with outside organizations including the media and the community, coalition building, quality assurance, group decisionmaking, and sustaining projects.
Homelessness and Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Recovery-Oriented Housing Achieving Healthy Lifestyles (Audio DVD)
This DVD explores the connection between homelessness and substance use treatment from both a program and policy point of view. Key factors associated with these two issues are also explored, including permanent supportive housing, treatment methods, and recovery support systems.
Essential tools: Improving secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities
This guide provides information for educators, community agencies, families, and workforce development specialists working to develop an environment that improves and enhances school and post-school outcomes for youth with disabilities. The guide explains an approach called community resource mapping and discusses how this approach can be used to foster interagency collaboration with the goal of ensuring that all youth have access to a broad, comprehensive, and integrated system of services.
Self-advocacy and health care for older adults with mental illnesses
This toolkit provides information on the importance of self-advocacy for older adults with behavioral health problems. It provides tips for communicating with healthcare professionals and highlights the value of following up to ensure effective care.
Are You in Recovery From Alcohol or Drug Problems?: Know your Rights
This brochure was developed to help individuals in recovery from substance use problems know their rights under federal laws, understand the legal consequences of substance use-related conduct, and to learn what to do to overcome barriers. Specific topics addressed include information on discrimination laws as they relates to housing, employment/job training, education, past convictions for substance offenses, and government services/programs. This document also provides contact information for Federal agencies that accept complaints of disability-based discrimination.
Implementing Healthcare Reform: First Steps to Transforming Your Organization, A Practical Guide for Leaders
The guide is meant to serve as a starting point for addiction treatment agencies that need further understanding of the 2010 healthcare reform legislation and what it means for their agency's practices and policies. This guide suggests that in order for agencies to succeed and capitalize on the opportunities created by reform, they will need to: Recognize the need to transform; Educate all levels of staff; Assess organizations' strengths and weaknesses; Strategically plan and implement transformation; Create partnerships with primary health entities; and Assess changes and adjust as needed. In addition to these recommendations this guide also offers information on the role of prevention as healthcare continues to evolve, reading materials, and tips on how advocacy can help with this transition.
Recovery Advocacy Toolkit: Engaging Your Community
This toolkit highlights the benefits that recovery from addiction can have on a community. It goes on to describe ways community involvement in advocacy can enhance public perceptions of recovery and promote effective public policy. This toolkit provides action steps for community members based on their different roles in the community. Educators, faith community members, community coalitions, families, government/public officials, criminal justice professionals, business leaders, healthcare professionals, local media outlets, and addiction treatment providers are all provided with specific steps that will help in engaging and guiding the community toward effective and positive attitudes toward recovery.
The words we use matter. Reducing stigma through language
This brief fact sheet which is an adaptation of Substance Use Disorders: A Guide to the Use of Language provides information on the importance of appropriate language use when working with individuals with substance use disorders. it also provides information on words to avoid.
Substance Use Disorders: A Guide to the Use of Language
This language guide was created by the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). It provides individuals with information on the terminology that should be used when addressing substance use disorders. It promotes the use of words that will advance the understanding of substance use disorders as a health issue.
Stigma: Understanding the impact of prejudice and discrimination on people with mental health and substance abuse problems
This brochure provides a overview of stigma, its effects and how an individual can make a difference in changing negative attitudes and views.