Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast October 2009

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.


Food Education Curriculum Now Available

Food Education for People with Serious Psychiatric Disabilities: An Evidence-Based Recovery Curriculum is a new product designed to guide rehabilitation practitioners in helping people with psychiatric disabilities to learn good nutrition and healthy eating practices and to empower people to achieve nutritional health as an integral part of their recovery. The Curriculum contains nutritional lesson plans that can be used for a single learning session or for a cohesive skills group. Practitioners are encouraged to use the lesson plans as a framework from which topics can be personalized to meet individual, cultural, and environmental needs. Handouts and recipes are included to prompt use of the skills, provide information, and support nutritional practices. For more information, go to:

For any questions, please contact Sue McNamara by e-mail at or by phone at (617) 358-2574.


Special Issue of Journal focuses on Parents with Psychiatric Disabilities and Their Families

The Fall 2009 issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal focuses on parents with psychiatric disabilities and their families. Of importance to our readers is the representative work included from around the world that is directly applicable to the field of psychiatric rehabilitation and is consistent with the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation (USPRA, 2009).

The articles in the Special Issue reflect a broad base of activity at every level, from national policy and public awareness, to systems and agency organization, to interventions with parents, children and families, to personal accounts of lived experience as parents and children. View the complete list of articles available in this issue at or browse the archive of online articles by clicking on the journal cover at

Use Copyright Clearance Center Services for Permissions

If you plan to include journal content for classroom or training use, create photocopies, or transmit via digital means such as emailing or posting on a listserv, you are required to obtain permission from the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) located at as Journal articles are licensed and cannot be legally disseminated without the required permissions. The CCC also offers a wide range of educational programs and resources to help individuals and organizations gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities relating to the use and distribution of copyrighted material.

What a Difference a Friend Makes

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched the Mental Health Campaign for Mental Health Recovery to encourage, educate, and inspire people between 18 and 25 to support their friends who are experiencing mental health problems. The prevalence of serious mental health conditions in this age group is almost double that of the general population. To learn more about this effort, go to

Bring Change 2 Mind

Bring Change 2 Mind is a national anti-stigma campaign with a twofold mission of providing people with misconceptions about mental illness quick and easy access to information to combat stigma while also providing people with mental illness, and those who know them, quick and easy access to information and support. is a not- for-profit organization created by Glenn Close, the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF), Fountain House, and Garen and Shari Staglin of IMHRO (International Mental Health Research Organization).  For details, 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.