Webinar: Poverty and Mental Health


Date: Thu, Feb 12, 2015 
Time: 2:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center
Poverty and Mental Health
Meeting Description: 

This webinar will focus on poverty and mental health. The speakers are well known in their field and will offer background on their personal and professional experiences as it relates to poverty and mental health. They will also discuss successful methods in supporting individuals and communities in relation to this issue.
AJ French, CRSS

AJ French serves as Executive Director of Sacred Creations, a statewide network with membership comprised entirely of persons living with mental health conditions.  She also works for Pathways to Promise, a national organization that provides technical assistance to faith communities regarding mental health.  Having previously experienced homelessness and unemployment caused primarily by mental health challenges, AJ fiercely advocates for economic justice and equality. 
Charles Willis CPS

Charles works for the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network and is a leader in the peer movement nationally. Charles is/or was involved in WRAP, WHAM, Double Trouble in Recovery, AA, NA, CA, Self-Directed Recovery Program in Georgia, AIDS Survival Project, Positive Impact and Atlanta Harm Reduction Program. Charles' first-hand experience of the topic of this webinar allows him to be the champion he is in the field.
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Webinar: Self-Care is Primary Care

Title: Self-Care is Primary Care

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Presenter: Patricia E. Deegan, Ph.D, Principal, Pat Deegan & Associates, LLC.

Description:                                                                                                                                                                                                       When When we think of primary care, we think of the office, nurses and physicians we visit for our annual physical and routine health needs. In this webinar Patricia E. Deegan, PhD will flip the notion of primary care and argue that self-care is primary care. Using examples from her own recovery and that of others, she will explain how flipping healthcare in this way defines new roles for individuals, families and staff. New skills and new measurable outcomes will also be described. 

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Safety Planning & Means Reduction in Large Health Care Organizations

Safety Planning & Means Reduction in Large Health Care Organizations

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 3–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Safety planning and lethal means reduction are integral parts of comprehensive suicide care. Clinicians should develop safety plans collaboratively with all persons identified as at risk for suicide immediately after identifying the risk.

To develop effective safety plans and organizational policies for lethal means assessment and counseling, training for staff is necessary. Furthermore, input from those with lived experience is essential.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify safety planning and ways to reduce lethal means as part of a comprehensive Zero Suicide approach.
  2. Discuss ways to maximize the effectiveness of a safety plan.
  3. Develop an organizational policy for lethal means reduction.
  4. Explain the importance of input from people with lived experience.

Space is limited, but the slides and recording will be available after the webinar on the Zero Suicide toolkit,

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Reflections on Ferguson: How a Trauma-Informed Lens Can Make a Difference

Title: Reflections on Ferguson: How a Trauma-Informed Lens Can Make A Difference

Date: Friday, December 19, 2014

Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Presenters:  Cathy Cave, Senior Program Associate, Advocates for Human Potential; Leah Harris, M.A., Director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery; Chacku Mathai, CPRP, Director, STAR Center; Keris Jän Myrick, MBA, MS, Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA


The recent tragic events in Ferguson, MO and across the country have brought the issues of community safety, health, dignity, and wellbeing to the forefront.  Tragic events in the community can lead to reactions of grief, anger, and continuing trauma that are similar to the traumatic experiences shared by consumers and peers with diverse backgrounds who have experienced prejudice and discrimination in their communities.  During these challenging times, what do consumers and peers have to offer to help communities heal? Is the trauma-informed lens that we use to understand our personal experiences effective in supporting others going through similar experiences when tragic events occur? What do trauma-informed communities look like and how might we get started? Join us for a conversation between national peer leaders and offer your questions and perspectives as we discover a way forward together.

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Employment and Disclosure Webinar

Employment and Disclosure

Date: Thu, Dec 11, 2014
Time: 02:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center


Meeting Description:

Disclosure is one of the questions people always ask when considering employment. The Sharing Experience Learned Firsthand (SELF) project gained insight from peers in recovery about the role of lived experience of mental distress and challenges in training and service delivery. Individuals provided their experiences sharing personal history, views on risks and benefits of disclosure, suggestions for colleagues who were considering disclosure, and guidance for organizations wanting to support the effective use of self-disclosure in service provision. Interviews, focus groups, and survey data will be shared during the webinar as well as recommendations for future exploration. Project staff will briefly touch on the impact the project had on their own recovery journeys. 

Speaker Bios

Beckie Child, MSW is the Interim Executive Director of the Lived Experience Research Network (LERN). She is working on a doctoral degree in social work and teaches in the Social Work program at Portland State University. Beckie’s research interests include the lived experience of people receiving mental health services increasing equity in health outcomes for people with mental health diagnoses, self-injury, systems change and transformation, and all things mental health. She is a current member of the governor-appointed Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board and is a member of Disability Rights Oregon’s PAIMI Council.

Casadi “Khaki” Marino is a licensed clinical social worker and certified alcohol and drug counselor who is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Work through Portland State University.  She is in recovery from bipolar disorder and is mad identified. She has worked in a number of settings including outpatient, residential, supported housing, a state hospital, and a jail. Khaki facilitates the meetings of “Light of Madness,” a Hearing Voices group. Her research focuses on peer support and delivered services, madness and identity development, and disability and mad theories. 

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