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Mental Health Awareness Week, October 5-11

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October 5-11, 2014 is Mental Health Awareness Week when people across the nation will come together to spread awareness about the importance of mental health and to speak out against the stigma around mental illness. One in four American adults suffers from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year, but many don't seek support because of fear of judgment, isolation and discrimination. The stigma associated with mental illness can be more destructive than the illness itself. Early support and help for mental health challenges can reduce suffering and save lives.

All Californians can get involved by wearing lime green, the color of mental health awareness, during the week and finding events or pledging support at EachMindMatters.org. NAMI California affiliates are also a resource for local events and activities. Follow Each Mind Matters on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates about Mental Health Awareness Week and California's Mental Health Movement.

 Wear the green ribbon and support California's Mental Health Movement!     

Each Mind Matters Toolkit     Each Mind Matters Store 

 
SAMHSA Announces New Evidence-Based Recovery Tool

taking action cover 1Are you gearing up for Recovery Month 2014?

Here's an idea: 

Take a look at the new evidence-based recovery tool, Taking Action recently announced by SAMHSA's Paolo Del Vecchio.

This flexible, self-help educational program is designed to be taught as a 24-week course, mini-courses, or workshops depending on the needs of your agency or organization.

Let us know what you think on Twitter or Facebook

 
Text, Talk, Act to Improve Mental Health

TTA LogoFinalWhat will you do when your friend needs help?

Will you know what to say and how to respond?

One in four adults suffer from a mental health disorder in any given year. If these statistics were for cancer, diabetes or heart disease we would label this an epidemic. Given that 3/4 of all mental health challenges begin between the ages of 14 and 24 young people depserately need to have this conversation. But how do you talk about something that has been in the shadows for so long?

Right now, across the country, young people are breaking the silence, using social media to talk about the elephant in the room.

On Monday October 6th, this conversation will go nationwide. 

Anyone, anywhere can join this vital effort. It's easy:

  1. Gather 3-4 people and text START to 89800
  2. Talk with your group using the text-enabled questions
  3. Be part of the change

Don't have 3-4 peeps with you on October 6th? Join the discussion on Twitter using hashtag: #TextTalkAct.

To encourage this conversation, participants can win prizes for themselves or their schools/community organizations. Visit: bit.ly/TTAcontest for more details and to register.

End the Silence on Mental Health: One Text Message at a Time

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This initiative was developed in concert with Creating Community Solutions, part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health, Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, the National Institute for Civil Discourse, Everyday Democracy, American Association of Suicidology, National Alliance on Mental Health, the National Campus Leadership Council, and Crisis Text Line.

 
2014 Voice Awards Consumer/Peer Leadership Dinner

Lacy Kendrick BurkProject Return Peer Support Network is proud to be a program partner for the SAMHSA Voice Awards, which honor consumer/peer leaders in recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders who share their stories of resilience and recovery as well as television and film writers, producers, and directors who give an accurate and dignified voice to people living with mental and/or substance use disorders. Each year Project Return sponsors a dinner for the Consumer/Peer Leadership award winners the night before the event. This dinner creates a unique opportunity for leaders from around the country to meet and discuss their extraordinary work. Our hats are off to the 2014 Peer/Consumer Leadership Awardees: Lacy Kendrick Burk, Toni Jordan, Matt Canuteson, Patrick Hendry, Sean Campbell, Greg Dicharry, and Jean Campbell, Ph.D.

 Pictures from this year's dinner.

Pictures from the Voice Awards pre-show reception.

 

Warm Line

Warm Line

Do you need someone to talk to? Our Warm Line is here to help. Run by peers for peers, this anonymous and free service is here for you. Call 888-448-9777 to speak to someone. Available weekdays from 5pm to 10pm.

La Linea de Apoyo

¿Necesitas a alguien con quien hablar? Llama a la linea de Apoyo. La Linea de Apoyo es confidencial pero no para crisis. La llamada es gratis. Llame 888-448-4055. Bilingue (Ingles y Español) los partidarios del igual están disponibles. Lunes a viernes 5:00pm - 10:00pm.

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