Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast March 2008

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.


Conference Spans Research, Practice
and Innovations Toward Recovery

Join an outstanding collection of leaders from the US and around the globe presenting at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation’s State-of-the-Science Conference, “From Innovations to Practice: The Promise and Challenge of Recovery for All”, April 14 & 15, 2008 in Cambridge, MA.

Come together with over 90 presenters covering what you need to know to shift your agency, program and workforce to a recovery orientation. Among the offerings included are: Keynote speeches from William Anthony and Patricia Deegan; plus presentations on the most important issues facing the field given by people who are at the forefront: Systems Transformation with Michael Hogan, Thomas Kirk, Renata Henry, Sandra Forquer; Integrating Health and Mental Health with Dori Hutchinson, David Shern, Peggy Swarbrick, Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola; Consumer/Peer Involvement with Lori Ashcraft, Kathy Muscari, Moe Armstrong, Debra Delman; Workforce Development with Marianne Farkas, Rick Forbess, Patricia Nemec, Charles Drebing; Vocational Recovery with Judith Cook, Zlatka Russinova, Debbie Nicolellis, Lyn Legere; Multicultural Interventions with Henry Acosta, Fabricio Balcazar, Piedad Garcia, Altha Stewart; Recovery Services with Courtenay Harding, Mark Salzer, Sally Rogers, Cheryl Gagne; and these are just to name a few.

Find out the complete list of speakers and presentations at the conference. Visit the website at  And join together in meeting the promise and challenge of achieving recovery for all!


Mental Health America Releases Survey Results
of Consumers and Psychiatrists

Mental Health America released results of the first national online survey to examine overall healthcare in mental health settings from the perspective of both people with schizophrenia and psychiatrists. Results showed that although both groups are aware of actions to improve overall health and quality of life, they are not discussing such actions to the extent possible.  Mental Health America conducted the survey in response to recent data showing that people with serious mental illnesses – including schizophrenia – die at least 25 years earlier than the general population, largely due to preventable medical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and respiratory and infectious diseases.  For more information, visit


Suicide Prevention Resources

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Many resources related to suicide prevention are available at their website at , including the recently announced:

  • The Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) Card
    A 6″x7″, 2-sided folded pocket card, intended to provide an accessible and portable resource to the professional whose clinical practice includes suicide assessment.
  • Updated Best Practices Registry (BPR) for Suicide Prevention
    A collaboration between the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
  • Fact sheets on suicide specific to four American populations:
    American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, Black Americans, and Hispanic Americans
  • Materials from Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Grantee Meetings
    State/Tribal/Adolescents at Risk Suicide Prevention Grantee Technical Assistance Meeting
    The Campus Suicide Prevention Grantee Technical Assistance Meeting


Funding Opportunities for Researchers
from National Institute of Health

Reducing Mental Illness Stigma and Discrimination (Collaborative R01)

Health Behavior Change in People with Mental Disorders (R01)

Developing Centers for Intervention and/or Services Research (DCISR) (P20)

Advanced Centers for Intervention and/or Services Research (ACISR) (P30)

Career Opportunities in Research (COR) Honors Undergraduate Research Training Grant (T34)


Free Training Teleconference on Stigma

This teleconference, presented by the Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma Associated With Mental Illness (ADS Center), focuses on the issue of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender confronting stigma, prejudice, and discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Registration for the free teleconference training entitled “Reducing Stigma and Discrimination among People who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)”on Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 2:00–3:30p.m. ET. To read more about this event or to register, visit the ADS Center website at

Accredited Online Courses Free for a Limited Time

Essential Learning is currently offering the following continuing educations courses free of charge: “Disaster Mental Health Intervention: Project Web-Flash” and “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.” In light of the school shooting incident at Northern Illinois University on February 14, the online courses will be offered for free through March 31. For more information, visit and look for the link to the right. Essential Learning is the largest provider of e-learning services in the behavioral health and human services industry. Clinical course content meets the requirements of accreditation bodies such as: American Psychological Association, Association of Social Work Boards, National Board of Certified Counselors, National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, American Nurses Credentialing Center.


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.