"Shine" highlights the inspirational and personal stories of transitional age youth (also known as TAY) in overcoming mental health challenges born from trauma. The documentary follows one young man's battle with depression after an armed robbery leaves him paralyzed, and a young woman living with PTSD and depression after years of sexual abuse. It also features another young woman who speaks on her mental health challenges in adolescence and the importance of peer support.
PEERS is a consumer-run organization that promotes wellness for people with mental health difficulties and their families through community outreach, empowerment, education, advocacy for social inclusion, and elimination of stigma and discrimination.
Can’t seem to throw things away? Are you or someone you know living in an extremely cluttered environment? People who love WRAP, Wellness Recovery Action Plan, say you can use it for anything to better your life. That includes hoarding or severe collecting.
In the next installment of our series about WRAP and the 2nd Annual WRAP Around the World Conference, we discuss severe cluttering, collecting and hoarding.
How can anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, mood stabilizers, and other drugs be used wisely? What are the risks and benefits? How can we collaborate effectively with prescribers, and what about reducing and discontinuing medications? Come learn a pragmatic harm reduction approach that is neither pro- nor anti- medication, but instead based in mental diversity. Everyone is welcome: professionals, survivors, students, family, and anyone taking or not taking medications.
California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, the chief author of the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) in 2004, recounts his own journey of working on mental health legislation and predicts what the next few years will bring for the mental health consumer movement. Listen to why he believes that mental health was and is one of the great under-attended-to issues in modern society.
Get a recap on the highlights of the Youth Keynote at the WRAP Around the World Conference in Oakland. Watch a skit with Canadian and American youth, listen to an original WRAP rap by BJ Phillips, and hear remarks by PEERS TAY Manager Letty Elenes on her first experience with WRAP and what prompted her to become a facilitator. Lauren Ostrom, High School WRAP Project Coordinator for Alberta Health Care Services, reflects on the success of WRAP on teenagers in Canada.
More than 450 people across the globe gathered to exchange views on WRAP and meet leaders in the mental health field at the WRAP Around the World Conference in Oakland from January 27-29. Held over the course of three days, the conference featured more than 70 workshops and keynote addresses by industry leaders on what the future of the mental health field holds and how WRAP will fit into the new health care paradigm.
Robert Whitaker, author of Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic, discusses the effects of psychiatric medication his keynote address at the second international WRAP Around the World Conference in Oakland, CA. He talks about the emergence of the medical model paradigm of care in the 1980s, increased spending on psychiatric pharmaceuticals, and the research on whether medication is ultimately helpful or harmful to those who take it.
Paolo del Vecchio, Director of the Center for Mental Health Services at SAMHSA, speaks about the importance of WRAP and his own journey of recovery at the second international WRAP Around the World Conference in Oakland, CA. He recalls his decision to go from working outside the mental health system to working within it to promote positive change. Del Vecchio also discusses two timely mental health policy issues resulting from the Affordable Care Act and the Sandy Hook tragedy.