Brochures, Fact Sheets, Guides and Toolkits
P.E.E.R.S. Action Alerts
These action alerts, put out by the Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services organization, call attention to stories and other activities and communications (e.g., comics) that focus on mental health issues. Each alert highlights a newspaper or magazine article, radio program, television channel or program, blog entry, or other communication or activity that affects the general public's understanding of people with mental health issues in either constructive or destructive ways. The alerts invite people to give thanks for responsible media portrayals or to take action in educating those whose work promotes misconceptions about people with mental health problems.
Information Technology Section of the National Empowerment Center Web Site
In this section of their Web site, the National Empowerment Center provides information and tools for peers and peer-run programs to learn more about the ever-changing areas of information technology and social networking. By better understanding these technologies, peers can use them to empower themselves, get information, receive social support, share their stories, and fundraise for their organizations.
Mental Health Reporting Fact Sheets
This fact sheet about the prevention of mental health problems is provided by the University of Washington's School of Social Work. It presents four prevention facts and information on genetic and environmental influences on mental health. It also includes links to additional resources that further explore methods of prevention associated with mental health.
Mental Health Matters: Native American Mental Health Concepts
This program, which can be viewed online, discusses differences between mainstream mental disorder models and those of the Native American community. This episode features the Director of the Children's Trauma Center and the Cultural Facilitator, both from a Native American Health Center in California, and a young adult community member/advocate who utilizes services at the Native American Health Center.
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.
Media guide: Background information and a guide for reporting on mental illness
This guide, developed by the University of Washington and Harris & Smith Public Affairs, with funding from a SAMHSA Mental Health Transformation Incentive Grant, offers journalists practical tips for reporting on mental health problems, background information about the relationship between mental health problems and violence, and summaries of the best current studies regarding recovery and prevention. The purpose of this guide is to improve reporting on mental health.
Guidance on transformational language
This brief electronic fact sheet provides information on the use of appropriate language when referring to mental health topics.
Suicide and mental illness in the media: A Mindframe resource for the mental health sector
This resource guide was developed to assist people involved in mental health to communicate effectively with the media about suicide, mental health and mental illness.
Challenging Stereotypes: An Action Guide
This guide contains information on how to respond to inaccurate media and advertising portrayals of people with, or who have experienced, mental health or substance use challenges. It features a section on step-by-step development of letters about inaccurate and unfair portrayals. It also includes resource listings.