Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast June 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.


Leadership in Mental Health Systems
Focus for Newsletter

The need for leadership in serving persons with severe mental illnesses has never been greater.  In this newsletter Dr. William Anthony, Executive Director for the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University, describes leadership principles and the experiences of current leaders as a point of departure in a journey to improve the knowledge base in the field of mental health leadership and demystify the process toward becoming a leader. The Eight Principles described in the newsletter were the result of Dr. Anthony’s work together with Kevin Ann Huckshorn, conducting extensive interviews with over 40 leaders selected for their ability to create significant change in their organization toward a consumer-centered, non-coercive, and accountable system of care that facilitates recovery.  The newsletter is available as a free download at


Online Survey for Parents with a Psychiatric Disability

The UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration is conducting an online survey to learn more about how to better support parents with psychiatric disabilities. They are interested in hearing from parents/guardians that have a child under the age of 18 and a psychiatric disability. The survey will take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. It is voluntary and anonymous. No one will be asked for any identifying or contact information. Your responses will be useful in planning programs and designing services to better support parents.

Click here to take the Parenting Survey:


Free Webinar on the Effective Use of WRAP

Join a free webinar on Wednesday, June 25 at 1pm EDT with Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD, Founder of WRAP®, to learn how you can use WRAP® to meet the goals of The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Report; that recovery is possible for people with mental health difficulties. The presentation will be followed by a demonstration of a new web-based service Build Your Own WRAP®, developed in conjunction with Essential Learning. This service allows individuals to develop, personalize and change their WRAP® online and print or send their WRAP® via e-mail to their treatment provider. Sign up now at


Funding Opportunities

– Network(s) for Developing PTSD Risk Assessment Tools (R21) From the National Institute of Mental Health
Application Receipt Date: August 29, 2008

– National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center Follow Up From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Application Receipt Date: July 9, 2008
To promote systematic follow up of suicidal persons who call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.


Women and Depression

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has released a new brochure, Women and Depression, about the many dimensions of major depression in women. The 16-page brochure highlights include: symptoms, causes, women of color, life stages, treatment and more.  Download the brochure for free at…/FINALWomensDepressionBrochure.pdf or purchase in quantity at the NAMI store at…/ProductDisplay.cfm&Productid=246


Survey for People with Bipolar Disorder

A survey is being conducted by PatientView, in association with the World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH) and Europe-based organizations, to inform the development of a global website for people living with bipolar depression. The survey hopes to find out:

– What people with Bipolar think are the most important types of healthcare information for them.
– Other key subjects of importance to people with Bipolar.
– What people with Bipolar think sets them apart from other people with a mental health condition.

Participants can remain anonymous if they choose.
The survey closes Monday, June 30, 2008. To participate, go to



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.