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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

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Mental Health Matters: RAP therapy; Beats, rhymes and life
Mental Health Matters is a public access television show that highlights various mental health issues. This episode, "RAP Therapy: Beats, Rhymes and Life," explores a community organization that uses rap, hip-hop, and pop culture to promote wellness and mental health among youth. The episode also explores the use of rap therapy as an intervention around the world.

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.

Paving new ground: Peers working in in-patient settings
With psychiatric hospitals and State institutions becoming more aware of the roles of peer specialists, positions for peers are now becoming more common in inpatient settings. This guidebook, designed to help hospitals learn how to successfully incorporate peer specialists into their work setting, highlights some hospitals that have been successful with this effort. It includes stories and narratives of peer specialists working in inpatient settings and some of the specific challenges and benefits experienced in their positions. Some key roles, as well as creative strategies including art and humor, are also discussed in this guide.

Reaching Across with the Arts: A Self Help Manual for Mental Health Consumers
Reaching Across with the Arts is a resource guide and manual to be used by mental health consumers to explain both how to create self-help arts programs and activities and how to use creativity in their everyday lives. This guidebook uses self help as the model for developing new arts activities and programs.

The arts-reaching hearts and minds to counter discrimination associated with mental illnesses
An electronic publication discussing how art can be a powerful force in correcting the misperception that people who have mental illnesses lack the same interests and abilities as everyone else.

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This Web site was developed under contract with the Office of Consumer Affairs in SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. The views, opinions, and content provided on this Web site do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA or HHS. The resources listed in this Web site are not all-inclusive and inclusion on this Web site does not constitute an endorsement by SAMHSA or HHS.