Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast November 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.


Innovative Initiatives for Reducing Early Mortality

At present, people with psychiatric disabilities have a life expectancy that is 25 years shorter than that of the general public. This unacceptable disparity is a challenge to providers, consumers, family members, administrators, and members of the community. In this issue of the Recovery and Rehabilitation Newsletter, Dr. Dori Hutchinson, Director of Services for the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University, offers information, resources, and ideas on how to begin implementing changes that promote wellness for mental health services consumers. Highlighted are initiatives that address health disparities for people with psychiatric disabilities through service, research, and resource development for integrating wellness into mental health systems around the country. The newsletter is available as a free download at /resources/newsletter/healthandwellness. Find other issues of the Recovery and Rehabilitation Newsletter from the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at /resources/newsletter.


Self-Disclosure and Its Impact

The stigma associated with mental illness is one of the most persistent problems people face. It is fundamental to discrimination in housing, employment, and health insurance. It prevents treatment, and it impedes recovery. This monograph, developed by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), examines the role self-disclosure plays in reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. Research has shown that public attitudes about mental illness improve when people have contact, or interactions, with people with mental illnesses. This monograph examines current literature related to self-disclosure and provides the findings from a series of key informant interviews to examine the factors that promote or hinder self-disclosure. Download a free copy at


Mothers with Depression and their Adult Daughters:
New Study Seeks Participants

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is conducting a research study that explores the relationship between mothers with major depression and their adult daughters. We are especially interested in learning about the way that depression affects how mothers and daughters communicate with, support, and feel about one another. We would like to interview mothers with major depression and their adult daughter (26 years of age and older) separately. Participation in this study involves a 90 minute telephone or face-to-face interview, depending on what is most convenient for you.  Each participant will receive $30.00 for her time.  All information from the interviews is strictly confidential. We will not share any information from you with your daughter. Read the recruitment flyer for this research study and to learn how to participate at


Call for Papers and Presentations
on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

The National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (NARRTC) is pleased to announce a call for papers and presentations for its May 2009 Annual Conference, “Better Research, Better Evidence, Better Practice”. All National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) grantees are invited to submit a paper and present at the upcoming conference. Presentations can be based on new evidence and insights gained through NIDRR grant work on the following topics:

* Establishing Best Practices in Disability and Rehabilitation
* Knowledge Translation Research Findings and Needs
* Qualitative Disability Research Data Analysis
* Rigor and Relevance of Disability Research Evidence
* Strategies for Using Research Evidence in Policies and Practices
* Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Disability and
Rehabilitation Research
* Value and Relevance of High Quality Single Case Study Design

Submissions are due December 15, 2008. For details, select “Call for Papers and Presentations” at .

Guide for College Students
Seeking Mental Health Services

“Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights!” is a guide for college and university students seeking mental health services. The guide informs students about their legal rights and offers guidance on topics including where to seek help; academic accommodations; and hospital care. The guide was developed by the Leadership21 Committee, a group of young adults advising the Bazelon Center. It is available as a free download at The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is the leading national legal-advocacy organization representing people with mental disabilities. Learn more about the Bazelon Center at


Multicultural Presentations Available from Conference

People of color, and other traditionally underserved populations face life-threatening disparities in many aspects of mental health care. The National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI) Multicultural Action Center was created to respond to this national crisis. The Multicultural Action Center was proud to host a well-received series of workshops and sessions at NAMI’s annual convention focusing on new research and initiatives addressing the needs of diverse grassroots. Presentations covered a range of topics, including multicultural outreach, GLBT mental health issues, evidence based practices in multicultural contexts, and NAMI’s African American Faith-Based Initiative. Visit their website to access downloadable presentations and handouts at…ContentID=61198


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.