Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast
June 2004

The purpose of the Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast is to inform mental health and rehabilitation networks worldwide about the activities and resources produced by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation as well as to disseminate general mental health and rehabilitation news. This eCast is jointly supported by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Department of Education.

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SAMSHA LAUNCHES MULTIMEDIA MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION EFFORT

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) on May 24, 2004, launched a three-year multimedia public education effort aimed at increasing awareness of stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. The campaign, “Mental Health: It’s Part of All Our Lives,” includes broadcast and print public service advertisements that seek to educate the public that mental illnesses are common, affecting almost every family in America, and that recovery can be expected. The educational materials feature people who have experienced mental illnesses, and emphasize the key contributions that people with mental illnesses make in our communities and our lives. For more information access the following link to view a press release:
http://www.samhsa.gov/news/newsreleases/040524nr_ebi.htm

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PHOTOVOICE CLASS OFFERED IN RECOVERY CENTER

This summer, the Recovery Center is offering a pilot photovoice class to students in the Recovery Center called “Picturing My Health.” Photovoice is an innovative method in which people can identify, represent, and enhance their experiences with specific photographic techniques. The purpose of this class, taught by Alexandra Bowers, is to use photovoice to focus students’ attention on their health as a resource for recovery and to explore the challenges many consumers face in attaining recovery. Following the photovoice process, students are given disposable cameras to represent their own “visions” of health. Students’ work will be available for viewing in the photo gallery on the Center’s photovoice webpage at the end of the summer and plans are being made for a larger exhibition in the fall. For more information access the following link:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/photovoice

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DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES

The Center’s Professional Development Program has several Self-Paced Study options that offer a 40% discount for people
with psychiatric disabilities and their family members. The 40%
discount is available for registration fees for the Internet Courses, Online Seminars, and for the Book + Test option. In
addition, many of the books required for these options also offer a 40% discount. For more information about these discounted opportunities, refer to the following link:
http://www.bu.edu/cpr/training/pdp/

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SELF-DETERMINATION WORKSHOP SERIES TRAINING PROGRAM

The workshop “Put Yourself in the Driver’s Seat: Getting on
the Road to Employment & Entrepreneurship” will be hosted by
The University of Illinois at Chicago National Research and
Training Center on Psychiatric Disability as part of its
National Self-Determination Workshop Series. The speakers,
Margo Covington and Howard Dansky, will discuss how one’s
talents and skills can be used to find a job or start a
business. Emphasis will be on promoting employment and
self-employment for people with psychiatric disabilities, and
how service providers and other supporters can help map the way. The workshop will be held in Chicago, Illinois, on Friday,
June 25, 2004. To register, visit the UIC Center’s website at:
<http://www.psych.uic.edu/uicnrtc/sdworkshop6.htm>
The University of Illinois at Chicago National Research and
Training Center on Psychiatric Disability is supported by
NIDRR and CMHS.

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