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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

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Brochures, Fact Sheets, Guides and Toolkits

2014 National Recovery Month Toolkit
September 2014 marks the 25th annual National Recovery Month, an observance sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This year's theme is "Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out," which focuses on opening dialogue about mental health and substance use issues and speaking up to share the reality of recovery with others. This toolkit contains four sections to assist communities and organizations in hosting Recovery Month events. These sections include Targeted Outreach, Media Outreach, Resources, and Join the Voices for Recovery.

Not Without Us (Video)
This video highlights the importance of choice, hope, and empowerment in recovery and the fact that recovery is possible. Video participants discuss their experiences of being told that they needed treatment and chemicals to balance their brains, and that then the rest of their life would follow suit. They share their belief that in fact, recovery is accomplished through working on all aspects of one's life. Psychiatric survivors share their stories of recovery and reclaiming their lives after moving away from the traditional treatment model.

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.

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.

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.

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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.