Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast December 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.


Special Savings on Upcoming Conference

All stakeholders are needed to design, reform, and rethink how to make recovery-oriented services a reality for all. Join leaders in the field in sharing the practices directed at making recovery a possibility for the broadest group of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. At the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation’s State-of-the-Science Conference, “From Innovations to Practice”, held April 14 & 15, 2008 in Cambridge, MA, you’ll hear about ways to promote the mainstreaming of those practices into everyday operations. Find out more about the outstanding line up of speakers at And, as an additional savings, be one of the first 100 registrants and take an extra $25 per night off the already discounted early bird rate (up to 2 nights) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel where the conference will be taking place.

New Web Resource on
Wellness for People with Mental Illnesses

Papers and presentations from the National Wellness Summit for People with Mental Illness are now available at a website hosted by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. The summit, sponsored by the Center for Mental Health Services, was attended by over 100 experts, meeting to promote wellness and reduce early mortality for people with mental illnesses. These materials, as well as links to other wellness resources, help to address the public health crisis of early mortality, recently estimated at 25 years of life lost for people with serious mental illnesses. Find out how you can add your name to The Pledge for Wellness, a commitment made by individuals and organizations to promote wellness for people with mental illnesses and to reduce early mortality. Visit the Wellness Summit website at

Free How-To Webcast on Systems Advocacy

The National Research and Training Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago announces a free webcast, “Systems Advocacy: What It Is and How to Do It.”  This audiovisual presentation covers grassroots organizing, how to create an advocacy plan, negotiation strategies and tactics, and “nuts and bolts” skills building including effective advocacy letter writing, phone calls to policy makers, and managing in-person meetings. Funded by NIDRR and CMHS, the archived webcast (including downloadable slides and a transcript) is available at:

NAMI Launches Veterans Resource Center

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has established an online Veterans Resource Center to help support active duty military personnel, veterans and their families facing serious mental illnesses such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia.  The center’s resources include a growing compilation of fact sheets, self-help information, online discussion groups, research and policy updates, and links to government agencies and other private organizations in areas such as traumatic brain injury, suicide prevention, Veterans Affairs, multicultural needs, women veterans, and homelessness.


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.