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Peer Support Summit Monday June 24th!!
The Peer Support Summit will be held on Monday June 24th at Plymouth Congregational Church, 4126 Ingersoll, in Des Moines from 9:30 am to 5:15 pm. This event is for anyone who is interested in Peer Support. Topics will include Whole Health, Ethics, an overview of the Georgia Model and Mental Health and Disability Services Redesign. Stipends are available.
You can download the registration packet in pdf or word format. If you have any questions, contact Ann wood at 319-551-3857 or email@example.com.
The Iowa Advocates for need your voice!
The Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery need your voice! "Nothing about us, without us" means that we need to hear from YOU in order to make the Recovery in Iowa newsletter and this organization a powerful force for the healing and recovery of individual people and the healing and recovery of our local and state behavioral health service systems. Please consider sharing your news, thoughts, inspirations, dreams, recovery tips, creativity and more with our editorial and publishing team. All you need is a heart that wants to share, and some way to get the sharing to us! We'll accept audio and video tapes (we could put your short home-made film or blog onto the website version of the newsletter), emails, attachments, hand-written letters, artwork in many forms and the list goes on! If you're interested in joining our team or making a contribution to Recovery in Iowa, contact Todd Lange, Executive Director at 1-877-IAHOPE4U or firstname.lastname@example.org
Consumers of mental health services in most states have been organized for some time. Iowa has finally begun the process.
Dr. Daniel Fisher, Director of the National Empowerment Center, met with Iowa consumer and family members during the last week of April 2007. With Dr. Fisher was Molly Cisco, Executive Director of Wisconsin’s Empowerment Project.
Those gathered represented many areas of Iowa, were associated with a variety of organizations, and held a variety of views on mental health. However, all believed in the potential to recover and unanimously had a desire to give something back.
Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery is the result of those meetings.
Create opportunities for advancing hope and recovery for all by transforming our community and the mental health system it reflects to one of respect and trust by educating, advocating and empowering.
1. Everyone can recover.
2. There is hope for every person.
3. Use your life’s pain to guide, encourage, an empower others.
4. Everyone should have equal access to mental health treatment regardless of county of settlement.
5. Peer support is essential to mental health.
6. People with lived experience should organize to become a stronger voice in the transformation of mental health.
7. People with lived experience should be accorded basic human rights – to be treated with kindness, dignity, and respect. back to top ...
Hope and Optimism, a positive belief in one’s ability to live a full and meaningful life despite having, or having had, a mental illness and a belief in future possibilities.
Consumer Choice and Autonomy, the ability to make one’s own decisions regarding programs, activities and treatment and the ability to pursue one’s own interests.
Respect and Dignity, being appreciated as a person with value and being treated with courtesy, fairness and kindness and being recognized with talents and capabilities.
Partnership, recognizing the importance of identifying one’s own needs and goals and sharing in decision making.
Empowerment in Personal Control, trusting in one’s self to get better and resume or attain a satisfying life while assuming self management and accepting personal responsibility.
Restoration and Personal Growth, encouraging an expansion of capabilities and fostering self-confidence and self-esteem.
Self Acceptance and Healing, promoting self awareness and permitting personal forgiveness.
Adaptability and Capacity to Improve, recognizing one's potential and ability and have opportunities to contribute.
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To become a member of this movement contact us via email at email@example.com or call 1-877-IAHOPE4U.