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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
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Building Bridges: LGBT Populations; A Dialogue on Advancing Opportunities for Recovery from Addictions and Mental Health Problems
A product of a meeting held by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Mental Health Services, this report notes that many mental health and substance use problems are more common among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Additionally, negative misperceptions and discrimination against LGBT people may make it harder for people in these groups to get the same quality of mental health and substance use treatment services available to others. The report identifies factors that promote or get in the way of recovery for LGBT consumers. It also recommends ways to improve these services-and thus chances of recovery-for LGBT people.

The Past, Present, & Future of Federal Government's Commitment to Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Women
This webinar was hosted by the Women and Trauma Federal Partners Committee to introduce the work of the committee, highlight their initiative within the Peace Corps to have trauma-informed policies and procedures for staff and volunteers, and feature other valuable resources and publications for those looking to bring trauma-informed care and policies into their organizations and communities. The philosophy behind trauma-informed care and difficulties in bringing it into practice are discussed, along with tools and successful models that can help others to integrate these philosophies into their own practices.

Building Partnerships: Conversations with LGBTQ Youth about Mental Health Needs and Community Strengths
This resource discusses mental health needs and unique requirements that providers and policymakers need to address for young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and/or questioning. This publication outlines findings from a project that engaged a spectrum of underserved populations in California to gain community perspectives as to what the mental health system could do to more effectively reach out to them. The publication includes direct quotes and considerations gathered from project participants.

Stories of Recovery: Minister Monique Tarver
In this PEERS TV Stories of Recovery video, Minister Monique Tarver shares her story of triumph and recovery from mental health issues. She talks about how these challenges impacted her role as a parent, how her faith and family support were a major part of her progress, and ways the mental health and faith communities can work together to further enhance one's journey through recovery from a mental disorder.

Engaging women in trauma-informed peer support: A guidebook
Developed by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. with funding by SAMHSA, this guide can be used by peer supporters working in the behavioral health and human services systems to learn to integrate trauma-informed principles into their work supporting women who have experienced trauma. It provides culturally oriented resources and tools for trauma-informed peer support for women. The 13 chapters cover a number of key topics such as spirituality and religion, storytelling, and reclaiming one's power through social action.

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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.