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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.


September 10th, 2013: World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th, 2013 is World Suicide Prevention Day. A good time to ponder the consequences of what we as a society have long neglected to address — the close link between suicide and addiction disorders.


Veteran Peer Networking Group Conference Call - Aug. 27, 2013

Upcoming Conference call hosted by the SAMHSA GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation

Veteran Peer Networking Group Conference Call

When: Tuesday, August 27 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm EDT
Toll-free call in number: 866-805-9853
Conference code: 8073619425
Are you a Peer Specialist or Peer Mentor providing services and support to Veterans involved in the criminal justice system? Come join our Veteran Peer Networking Group! Veterans are increasingly working as Peer Specialists and Peer Mentors with the VA and community-based organizations. Veterans working with the SAMHSA-funded Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery with Priority to Veterans Program are extending an invitation to all Vets working as Peer Mentors and Specialists providing services and support to justice-involved Veterans to join them in building a networking group that will strengthen the voice of this emerging workforce.
For more information, please contact David Goldstein at: 774-312-5947.



National Council May 30 Webinar

Register now for access information but note that registration does not guarantee your space on the webinar. Attendance is limited to the first 1,000 registrants that join at the time of the webinar — so sign in early. CEUs are NOT available for National Council webinars.

TOPIC: Grantwriting Tips: CMS Health Care Innovation Grants of $1-30 Million
DATE: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 3:00pm-4:30pm EDT
SPEAKERS: Heidi Arthur, Vice President of SAE and Associates; Nancy Harris King, Development Director, Southeast Mental Health Services; Knute Rotto, Consultant, SAE and Associates; Kristan McIntosh, Project Manager, SAE & Associates
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting applications for 100 new 3-year Health Care Innovation grants, ranging from $1 million to $30 million each. The grants will fund new care models that drive significant improvement in population health, quality of care, and total cost of care. Letters of intent are due by June 28 and applications by August 15.
This National Council LIVE webinar reviews the grant opportunity, shares insights and lessons from a previous CMS Innovation Awardee, and offers tips and techniques to prepare a competitive proposal. Presenters offer resources for technical assistance, feasibility review, and partnership facilitation.
The CMS Health Care Innovation grants are offered to fund models that  
  • Are designed to rapidly reduce Medicare, Medicaid, and/or CHIP costs in outpatient and/or post-acute settings.
  • Improve care for populations with special needs.
  • Transform financial and clinical models.
  • Improve the health of populations through prevention, wellness, and comprehensive care that extends beyond the clinical service delivery setting.
Grant applications must comprise service delivery and payment models, including an approach to secure participation from multiple payers. Preference will be given to models implemented in less than six months. Join us for this webinar to plan and prepare a winning approach to your grant submission.

Carrying the Torch: Past, Present and Future of the C/S/X Movement

This presentation – at the VOCAL Virginia conference on May 21, 2013 – reviews some of the history of the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement, and provides ideas about how to make progress in c/s/x movement efforts to eliminate the discrimination and prejudice associated with mental health diagnoses.

Joseph Rogers VOCAL Presentation


American Psychiatric Association Protest: May 19, 2013 – San Francisco

American Psychiatric Association Protest

May 19, 2013 -- San Francisco


May 13, 2013

On May 19th, MindFreedom International, the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights®), and the California Client Action Workgroup, organized under the Occupy Psychiatrybanner, will protest of the American Psychiatric Association's 2013 Annual Conference at the Moscone Center, 747 Howard St, San Francisco, California from 11:30 am until 5:30 pm.

The American Psychiatric Association is being charged with serious human rights abuses, coercing people to undergo brain-damaging psychiatric drugs and electroshock, psychiatric profiling, scientific fraud, and psychiatric labeling, including the already discredited Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) to be released at the conference.

Psychiatric survivor, psychotherapist and MindFreedom Board Member Matthew Morrissey will speak and MC the protest rally and demonstration which will feature the following speakers:

§  Leonard Roy Frank, psychiatric survivor and editor." As psychiatrist Thomas Szasz wrote in 2008, 'Modern psychiatry — with its Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals of nonexistingdiseases and their coercive cures — is a monument to quackery on a scale undreamed of in the annals of medicine.' Now is the time for the people to hold the American Psychiatric Association and its members accountable for their crimes against humanity."

§  Ted Chabasinski, psychiatric survivor and lawyer, who was electroshocked for experimental purposes when he was six years old. “The increased labeling and drugging of children, and the way the new DSM puts everyone at risk for being called 'mentally ill' must be stopped. Everyone must realize that they too can be called crazy, not just those who have already been dragged into and trapped by the system."

§  Chaya Grossberg, psychiatric survivor and healer. “Rather than being a source for healing, the American Psychiatric Association has damaged the souls and bodies of millions of Americans."

§  Michael Cornwall, PhD, licensed therapist and human rights activist. "The profession of psychiatry lives in a collective state of denial. Psychiatrists are true believers with a religious fundamentalist type of fervor that allows them to routinely injure, and frequently hasten the death of those they are sworn to heal. But the reckoning is upon them. Their blatant human rights violations will not stand the light of day."

§  James B. (Jim) Gottstein, Esq., psychiatric survivor and lawyer. "Hundreds of thousands of people are locked up and drugged or electroshocked against their will every day under the auspices of the American Psychiatric Association.  These are human rights abuses on a massive scale in violation of United States and International Law. The American Psychiatric Association must be held accountable for its role in these horrors."

There will also be an open microphone for protestors who want to speak.  At least portions of the protest will be live-streamed at on the Occupy Psychiatry Channel,


On Friday, May 17th, from 7 to 10 pm, along with protest preparations, there will be a free/donation based screening of Daniel Mackler's new film, Coming off Psych Drugs: A Meeting of the Minds, at the beautiful Goforaloop Gallery, 1458 San Bruno Ave., San Francisco.  

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