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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.


Save the Date for Alternatives 2014!

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse is currently negotiating with a hotel in Orlando, Florida, to hold a national mental health conference on the dates of Wednesday, October 22, 2014, through Sunday, October 26, 2014, with the potential for a pre-conference institute on October 20-21, 2014. Although SAMHSA has not yet approved the Alternatives conference, we are hopeful that we will have approval soon, and we wanted to make sure everyone knew about the great location and the October dates! We hope to see you there!


SAMHSA Request for Applications: Supported Employment Program

Transforming Lives through Supported Employment


4th Annual Consumer/Survivor Visionary Leadership Teleconference

Friday, February 21, 2014

2:00 – 3:00 PM EST/11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
Call-in information: 866-554-6142, pin 803-6957977#
Join us for another lively conversation with consumer/survivor leaders from across the country. We will hold a simultaneous Twitter chat - use hashtag #CSXLeads 
This year's speakers are:
Joseph Rogers is Chief Advocacy Officer of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP), and founder and Executive Director of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. A national leader of the mental health consumer movement, Joseph has testified before U.S. Senate committees and has consulted in more than 30 states, as well as nationally and internationally, on behavioral health policy issues. 
Eduardo Vega is the Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco since November 2010, providing research, advocacy, and program leadership in California and internationally. Through MHASF he directs the Center for Dignity, Recovery, and Empowerment, a technical assistance, research and training center focused on stigma change, program innovation, and suicide prevention for which he is also Principal Investigator.
Corinna West is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and community organizer. She founded Wellness Wordworks in 2008 to show how the recovery community can provide internet skills and business opportunities to their peers. Corinna is also a performance artist, and her shows explore emotional distress as a temporary and transformative experience. She has survived homelessness and 12 psychiatric diagnoses, and is an Olympic Judo Team Member with a Masters Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
Keris Myrick – Our teleconference moderator
Keris Myrick is the president and CEO of Project Return Peer Support Network, a peer run organization in Los Angeles County. She currently serves as the President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s board of directors and has consulted with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on a number of initiatives, including Dialogues on Psychotropic Medications and BRSS-TACS (Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale–TA Center). Keris has a PhD(c) and MS in industrial-organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and a MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery
Tel:  877-246-9058 Email:

Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania Is a Nominee for the 2014 Scattergood Foundation Innovation Awards


disAbility Law Center of Virginia (dLCV) Logo Contest

disAbility Law Center of Virginia needs a new logo!
They are having a contest with judges and prizes.
Submit your entry by February 28 and follow these rules.

1.      Send each submission separately to You may submit more than one entry.  Include your name, phone number, email address and mailing addresses with each submission. The submitter’s name and postal address is required for exchanging legal papers.

2.      Send submissions as JPGs.

3.      Submit images for the printed letterhead and the website and Facebook presence both in color and in black and white.  Submit samples of each style and color.

4.      The design should convey our mission of respecting and advancing the rights of people with disabilities. More information on our mission can be found at our website,

5.      The logo should eventually be available in a high resolution source format, modifiable using PhotoShop Elements.

6.      The winning submitter must agree to assign the copyright to the disAbility Law Center of Virginia and attach no other restrictions to the use of the logo.  All submitters must declare that they do not infringe the rights of another party and that publishing their logos for the purpose of this contest is acceptable.

7.      The contest will run until midnight February 28th, 2014.  Any submissions received after this date will not be considered.

8.      A jury will select the winning submission. Nominal prizes will be awarded to the top candidates.

9.      Top candidates will be invited to our Gala on March 20, 2014.

10.  Remember, dLCV uses a small “d” to emphasize the “Ability” in disAbility.

11.  If you have any questions please contact

Printable copy of the rules here.