"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.
On April 27, 2013, members of the community and PEERS staff joined forces to share stories of recovery and bless the new Peace and Wellness Garden at the first annual Day of Unity. Hear from those involved how the garden, which is located at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, plays an important role in the maintenance of wellness.
Tanya J. Peterson’s novel Leave of Absence takes readers into the broken, genuine hearts of two patients in a behavioral health center. Oliver is suicidal and deeply depressed after the loss of his wife and baby. Penelope is a young woman recently diagnosed with schizophrenia and doesn’t feel she deserves her fiancé’s love. Both are mourning the loss of their happy, balanced lives. But a thread of hope runs through each page as Oliver and Penelope help each other get through their hard times.
We end our series on the 2nd Annual WRAP Around the World with a look at WRAP’s future in Ghana. WRAP stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan. There are 22 million people in the African country. But mental health services are dire. Only 3 psychiatric hospitals and roughly 12-14 therapists are available to those in need. Inhumane treatment of people with mental illness continues to be a serious issue.
Roberto Roman is a mental health community support worker with Contra Costa Behavioral Health Care Services. After experiencing traumatic losses early in his life, Roberto discusses when and why he decided to seek treatment, his experience with hospitalization, and the oft-forgotten dangers of being misdiagnosed. Hear the lessons he gained from his mental health struggles, his thoughts on his diagnosis, and why he believes recovery is possible for anyone.
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.