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The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse is dedicated to providing you with the most up-to-date information on mental health and consumer issues. In an effort to keep you informed and to respond to your needs, we update our Web site regularly. Look here first to find the latest additions to our site.


The Center for Dignity, Recovery and Empowerment: Fellowship Programs Call for Nominations

Fellowship Programs

Call For Nominations
We are pleased to solicit nominations for the Center for Dignity Recovery and Empowerment Fellowship Program funded by counties through the California Mental Health Authority (CalMHSA). 25 fellowships will be awarded to emerging leaders in the field of mental health and recovery from the U.S. and abroad.

Eligibility: Passionate, emerging leaders who utilize innovative approaches to mobilize/contribute to their communities for the advancement of mental health wellness, emphasizing dignity, recovery and empowerment. Leaders should currently be working on or piloting specific projects that address positive wellness and recovery in their community (e.g. mental health stigma reduction, suicide prevention, culturally responsive practices, spirituality). They will need to commit to this project for one year under the mentorship of prominent leaders in the field and with the support of other fellows*.


  • 1-3 years of experience working in the field of mental health and recovery;
  • Demonstrated leadership initiative and skills
  • Demonstrated capacity and local opportunity
  • Current involvement on a specific project they have developed or are working on that demonstrates an innovative and unique approach for solving existing mental health-related issues in their community. Involvement on newly proposed pilot projects (to be developed during time frame with the support of an organization) also meets this requirement.

For more information, download our FAQ Sheet,

Description of the Fellowship Program: The Center’s one-year leadership development program prepares emerging community leaders to become transformational leaders, creating significant and innovative improvements within their communities related to mental health wellness and recovery.

Selected fellows will participate in:

Tools for Change Forum 2015. The program will be a one day pre-conference forum on February 17, 2015 and prior to the International Together against Stigma Conference being held  February 18- 20 2015 in San Francisco. Through a series of interactive workshops, small group work and a workshop presentation during the two-day conference, fellows will: 1) strengthen their leadership skills in such areas as advocacy, system change, and community engagement; 2) work on leadership strategy for activating their communities in regard to their specific projects; and 3) establish networks and mentor/mentee relationships with prominent leaders in the field of mental health and recovery.

Project implementation under the mentorship of established leaders.  As a follow-up, fellows will work with prominent mentors over the course of the year to implement their specific projects to enhance and reach the wider community, while also involving and collaborating with other change agents in their communities.

Community of Practice. Using social media, webinars and e-learning activities, fellows will share findings, successes and challenges of their respective projects.

Nomination Procedures and Format:  The nominator should complete the nomination form and submit required materials on the on-line application form  or by December 15, 2014:

1)    One-page cover letter describing the nominee’s strengths and contributions, and why the nominee is a good fit for the Fellowship Program;

2)    CV or resume of nominee;

3)    Description of current innovative project that the nominee is pursuing in the community (1 page);

4)    3 references

Nominations will be reviewed by Selection Committee, with final candidates being selected and notified by January 5th, 2015.

For more information, download our FAQ sheet, or email us at

*Individuals representing or working in diverse, unserved and/or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Join the Clearinghouse for a webinar on Dec 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST.

Psychiatric Advance Directives: Why and How to Use this Vital Recovery Tool

Register now!

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse is sponsoring a 90-minutewebinar on Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADs) on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 2 p.m. ET1 p.m. CTnoon MT11 a.m. PT

PADs are a legal health care tool that outlines the preferences of an individual with a mental health condition in regard to treatment, and designates a trusted advocate to make decisions on their behalf if they are incapacitated. This webinar will help individuals with a mental health condition, family members, and mental health providers to understand and utilize this important recovery tool. 

The webinar will feature presentations by Sue Walther, executive director of the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania, and Adam Nester, public policy manager at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. 

Topics that will be covered include how to complete a PAD for yourself or with a family member or service participant, and providing greater clarity to individuals with mental health conditions and trusted advocates (often family members) as to their roles in advance mental health care planning.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Legal Action Center Webinar - October 8 


UPDATE: Peer Specialist Training and Certification Programs: A National Overview - 2014 Update

Updated report of programs to train and certify peer specialists across the country. Compiled by the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health.

Kaufman, L., Brooks, W., Bellinger, J., Steinley-Bumgarner, M., & Stevens-Manser, S. 2014.

View the document on the Web - - or download it below.


iNAPS Free Webinar - September 26

Free Webinar 15: Emerging Roles in Peer Support – Supporting Employment and Educational Recovery

Learn more here: or scroll down.


Sept. 26, 2014 – Noon-1 p.m. EDT
(11 a.m. – Noon CDT, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. MDT, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. PDT)

Lyn Legere

Presenter: Lyn Legere

Lyn, a nationally known presenter and consultant, has collaborated on the development of several curricula aimed at increasing peoples’ awareness and confidence in supporting this important area of recovery.

Join Lyn Legere this Friday as she explores important emerging roles for peer supporters. Supported employment and education is rapidly gaining attention as systems transform to a recovery orientation.

Lyn’s presentations are always fascinating, informative and full of good humor.

To join the webinar:

  1. Click the link to access the webinar:

(If requested, enter your name and email address.)

  1. Click “Join”. (If the “join” button does not turn green when you first access the page, you may have to wait a few minutes and then refresh your screen).

3.  To join the audio portion of the webinar: provide your number when you join the meeting to receive a call back.

Alternatively, you can call US\Canada: 1-763-957-6300

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US\Canada: 1-763-957-6300

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