Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast January 2007

The Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast is a monthly emailed newsletter with the purpose of informing mental health and rehabilitation networks worldwide about the activities and resources produced by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation as well as for disseminating general mental health and rehabilitation news.


Guide to Creating a Statewide Anti-Stigma Campaign Available

Developing a Stigma Reduction Initiative is designed to support the activities of those who plan and implement a statewide, regional, or local effort to address and counter stigma and discrimination. This free kit offers guidance on how to implement an initiative, sample materials and templates to use in developing communication materials, tactics to enhance outreach efforts, and directories of resources for creating public education materials. A schools training package and business materials to create mental health-friendly environments are also provided.


Manual Describes Community Integration Supports Development

Are you an agency or organization working to assist people in their recovery and promote community integration? If so, this manual addresses that need. Community Links is a voluntary program that matches peers or community members with people who:

(a) have court orders of non-hospitalization or involuntary commitment;

(b) are dependent on the mental health system for assistance and support; and/or

(c) feel isolated from their community due to mental health difficulties.

This program is based on the findings of the Moving Ahead Research Project (Shery Mead and Mary Ellen Copeland, co-principal investigators, Vermont Real Choices Grant, 2004). The manual includes complete instructions for developing and administering a Community Links Program including a three-day training for links, and a CD with the slides and handouts for the training. Community Links: Pathways to Reconnection and Recovery is available through the mental health recovery website at; by phone 802-425-3660 or fax: 802-425-5580; or by email at The cost is $70 for the manual and CD.


Empowerment Scale Goes Multilingual

The Empowerment Scale, a 28-item instrument designed to measure subjective feelings of empowerment, is being translated into numerous languages for use in a Pan-European study involving 20 countries across Europe. The study being conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College in London is the latest among many organizations and settings within the United States and other countries to adopt the use of the instrument. The Empowerment Scale was developed at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University with the assistance of a consumer advisory board (Rogers, Chamberlin, Ellison and Crean, 1997). The scale is best used in studies where the focus is on adults receiving services for mental health issues and when administered more than once to determine change over time. For additional information, email E. Sally Rogers at


National Institute of Mental Health
Requests Input on Research Questions

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is seeking input from the clinical research community, mental health professionals, patient advocates and individuals living with mental illnesses, private and public mental health service systems and providers, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, and other interested groups about important public mental health research questions that could be addressed using the infrastructure provided by three NIMH clinical research networks – the Bipolar Trials Network (BTN), the Depression Trials Network (DTN), and the Schizophrenia Trials Network (STN). For more information, go to


Funding Opportunities for Researchers
from National Institute of Health
Behavioral & Integrative Treatment Development Program

Building Translational Research in Integrative Behavioral Science

Clinical Research on Mental Illnesses in Older Adults

Community-Based Participatory Research at NIMH

Co-Occurring Mental Illness, Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse & Medical Conditions

Early Identification and Treatment of Mental Disorders in Children and Adolescents
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.

Effectiveness, Practice, And Implementation In CMHS Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services Program for Children and their Families Service Sites

Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Reducing Mental Illness Stigma And Discrimination

Refining and Testing Mental Health Interventions and Services for Youth with Mental Illness who are Transitioning to Adulthood

Research on Mind-Body Interactions and Health

Research Project Grant

Research On Adherence To Interventions For Mental Disorders

Research On The Reduction And Prevention Of Suicidality

Research on Rural Mental Health and Drug Abuse Disorders