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The STAR Center provides Support, Technical Assistance and Resources to assist consumer-operated and consumer-supporter programs in meeting the needs of
under-served populations. Specifically, the STAR Center’s focus areas are cultural competence and diversity in the context of mental health
recovery and consumer self-help and self-empowerment. Although we are a national technical assistance center, the following regions have been designated
as STAR Center focus regions/states: Washington DC, Rhode Island, New Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
In pursuit of this mission we offer a broad array of technical assistance to consumer operated and peer run programs, including technical assistance materials
and tools, informative newsletters and listservs, national teleconferences, consumer networking and resource sharing opportunities, and support in the form of
mini-grant awards for creative recovery-based activities, scholarships for Alternatives conferences.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month: Pathways to Wellness
For more than 60 years, Mental Health America has led the observance of May as Mental Health Month.
Learn about National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Are You Ready? Planning and Preparing for National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
Peers with a background of criminal justice system engagement generally deal with challenges even greater than the challenges that often confront all peers when seeking employment. PeerLink's first in a series of three webinars dealing with employment-related issues for peers will focus on peers who have a criminal justice system engagement history.
The webinar will cover three primary topic areas:
The Consumer Operated Service - Side by Side video is up on SAMHSA’s YouTube Channel. The video discusses the origins and evolution of the evidence based practice of Consumer Operated Services, the proven positive outcomes, and the overall benefits to consumers, supporters, and the overall mental health community.
Boston Marathon Tragedy: Providing Psychological First Aid to Those Affected
This mental health awareness toolkit provides first responders-whether they are disaster response workers, parents, caregivers, or teachers-with specific tips for responding effectively to people in the wake of a disaster. The information is meant to help alleviate painful emotions and promote hope and healing.Get the Disaster Response Kit
Crisis Counseling via Phone or Text
Call 1-800-985-5990 | Text "TalkWithUs" to 66746
Ask the Doctor Teleconference Series
NAMI's Ask the Doctor teleconference is a monthly series hosted by NAMI's Medical Director, Dr. Ken Duckworth. Typically, he is joined by another mental health professional or advocate who in turn presents on a topic in his or her area of expertise. Each month, two such calls are hosted; one focuses on adult issues, the other on child and adolescent issues.
To access these calls, dial 1 (888) 858-6021 and enter pass code 309918#. These calls are always held at 11 a.m. E.T. on scheduled dates unless otherwise noted. The Ask the Doctor schedule and previously recorded podcasts can be found below.
We are pleased to announce our monthly "Ask the Doctor" call featuring Ray Gonzalez, ACSW and hosted by NAMI's Medical Director, Dr. Ken Duckworth, M.D., on Friday, April 26th, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST.
Ray Gonzalez, ACSW, is the Executive Director of the Center for Cognition and Recovery (CCR). Join us as Ray speaks about Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET), which is a form of cognitive remediation therapy. CET is a program developed by Prof. Gerard E. Hogarty and Samuel Flesher, Ph D, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as a treatment to aid in the psychiatric rehabilitation of people recovering from schizophrenia and related illnesses. The CET model views schizophrenia as a neurodevelopmental disorder and works on improving deficits in cognition, increasing social cognition and improving vocational effectiveness. There are now 21 CET program sites across the US with at least four more starting within the next six months. For more information on CET, please visit: www.cetcleveland.org.
Ray Gonzalez, ACSW, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Social Work. Gonzalez describes himself as an ŇoptimistÓ with 36 years of experience as a psychiatric social worker. He is a certified CET coach and has been co-leader of four CET groups. Gonzalez has also been a NAMI member for more than 20 years. He conducted a CET workshop at the 2012 NAMI convention in Seattle and will be a speaker at the NAMI convention in San Antonio this June.
Star Center News
STAR Center independent consultant Juan Velez Court and Angel Morales of the Puerto Rico PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for
Individuals with Mental Illness) program visited a local Puerto Rico radio station on April 15th to share information regarding
a reasonable accommodations event taking place on April 25th, at the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey precinct. "El Acomodo es un
Derecho" is an annual commitment by PAIMI's consultative council to deliver free information regarding mental health consumer
rights to professors, students, clinicians and any other member of the community that supports those with a mental illness.
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