“We’d Rather be Mad with the Truth, than Sane with Lies”
Protest March 1970’s
Followed de-institutionalization from the late 60’s
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Began in the 1970’s
Was similar to other civil rights movements
Started with small informal groups of ex-patients.
Followed de-institutionalization from the late 60’s.
National Newsletter published in San Francisco.
Circulated from 1974-1986.
Outlet for political organizing.
Means of connecting ex-patients nationally.
Included poetry and artwork.
Photograph of a 30-Day “sleep-in” protest in then-Governor Jerry Brown’s Office to protest deaths and abuses in State hospitals in California.
Liberation from Mental Health System.
Developing their own self-help programs.
Refusing to accept the label of “mental illness.”
To overcome the prediction they would never recove
•First Conference in Detroit-1972
•Held on campgrounds, colleges, campuses
•Were organized with little to no money
People came by hitchhiking, buses, packed in cars
Crazy folk” (as he called us) are the most talented people in the galaxy. “Instead of diagnosing, locking up, and treating us, the world should recognize our true worth and support our talents, creativity, and sensitivity.” Howie carried a harmonica with him everywhere, to make music, mediate conflict and create peace.
1978- Published her book
On Our Own: Patient Controlled Alternatives to the Mental Health System.
Considered by some to be the “Mother of the Consumer/ Survivor Movement.”
1985- On Our Own of MD first funded drop in center with State Funds.
1988- SAMHSA funded 13 Demonstration Drop in Centers.
1985- First Alternatives Conference, Baltimore MD.
1986- Congress passed the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Act.
1986- Sally Zinman, Howie the Harp and Su and Dennis Budd wrote first manual with funds from the Federal Government “Reaching Across.”
Painting Alone and Waiting by Jean Campbell
Research by and for mental health clients
500 persons interviewed
61 percent of clients stated creativity essential to their well-being
24 percent stated they lacked creativity in their lives
•National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse established in Philadelphia-Joseph Rogers
•Arts Guidebook Published- “Reaching Across with the Arts”
•Self-Determination and Self-Sufficiency
•Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study
•Confronting Stigma and Discrimination
•Arts and Peer Support
•Offices of Consumer Affairs- First in Alabama- Joel Slack.
National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse (in Pennsylvania)
Joseph Rogers and Susan Rogers
First Consumer Affairs Director, Center for Mental Health Services/SAMHSA
Mind Freedom International
Executive Director, National Empowerment Center
Peer Specialist Certification
International Association of Peer Supporters iNAPS
Peers in many different venues
Mary Ellen Copeland and Shery Mead
A self-help arts guide published in 2000 with funds from CMHS with information that is still relevant and helpful to mental health consumers today
Cemetery restored with beauty to honor 25,000 people who had been buried in unmarked graves at Central State Hospital since 1842. This project, coordinated by Larry Fricks and Pat Deegan, has spread across the U.S. and many others like it now exist at other hospital cemeteries, including the cemetery at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC.
Sally Zinman, Pat Deegan, Jacki McKinney, Gayle Bluebird
2013 NYAPRS Conference, Catskills, NY
Honored as “Lifetime Achievers of the Consumer/Survivor Movement”
Sally Zinman ( Sally's House -Peer Respite)
More people with Jobs
People living independently
Specialized Positions for Peer Supporters
Peer Support Respite Centers
Peer Run Art Centers
Online Training for peer specialists
With gratitude to
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I have been a crusader to change the mental health system for almost 40 years. I have worked in many peer related positions in the state of Florida, Georgia and in Delaware. To witness the progress and be part of it is truly amazing. As a nurse I have been able to combine my nursing background with my peer background and have been a consultant to many state hospitals to develop peer roles. I have written guidebooks on the subject of peer specialists and for inpatient peers. I am now retired as of January 2015 and much enjoying less stress but not less activity. I am concentrating on being a writer and just completed a published memoir, "You're Pretty When You Smile". I write a "poem for the day" on FACEBOOK and am actively promoting the arts at peer conferences and to develop an arts festival for 2016. My Goal: to keep going as long as possible, to dream, implement and sit back a few years from now and smile at History in the past and History in the making.
The International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. It was begun by a small group of peer specialists in Michigan interested in what was happening in other states. Founded in 2004, the organization now includes members from every state and several countries outside the US. Members of this network can come together to share their ideas and innovations, exchange resources and information based on real world application, and add their voice to others when concerns and issues affecting all of us require a global response from a global community. We are actively and intentionally working on making iNAPS a more inclusive and safe space for individuals who have historically been marginalized.
The INAPS Conference is the longest running internationally attended conference devoted completely to peer support practices. The conference brings together members of the peer support movement to share ideas, strategies, and innovative programs and ideas. Members receive a significant discount on conference registration.
CAMHPRO’s mission is:
“to transform communities and the mental health system throughout California to empower, support, and ensure the rights of consumers, eliminate stigma, and advance self-determination for all those affected by mental health issues by championing the work of consumers and consumer-run organizations.”
2000 Embarcadero Cove
Suite 400 Box 80
Oakland, CA 94606
Mental Health Association of Northern CA
Contact : Susan Gallagher
Contact phone: (916) 366-4600
In 1946, coalition of mental health patients, mental health service providers, and interested community members began a local Mental Health Association chapter in Sacramento, which is now known as Mental Health America of Northern California, or NorCal MHA. For nearly 70 years, NorCal MHA has provided mental health consumers with culturally-affirming peer support services, assistance in navigating various human service agencies, and advocacy for consumer-oriented public mental health policies. Currently, NorCal MHA provides these services in Amador, Calaveras, Placer, and Sacramento counties in California, and offers technical assistance to other mental health agencies statewide.
Peer Driven since 1989
1851 Heritage Lane Ste. 187
Sacramento, CA 95815
The mission of Consumers Self Help Center is to develop and implement Consumer driven programs and services based on the self help philosophy to empower individuals with psychiatric disabilities.
Today, Consumers Self Help Center offers two multi-service Wellness & Recovery Centers, and Patients Rights Advocacy in Sacramento, Yolo, San Joaquin, and Contra Costa County.
Through it all, we have remained peer-driven, and peer-operated.
The adult resource center is known as Innovations Community Center (ICC). It is a peer-run program in which staff and volunteers foster an atmosphere of support for individuals on the path to wellness and recovery. (Formerly Circle of Friends)
For more information about the Adult Resource Center call 707-259-8692.
3281 Solano Avenue
Napa, CA 94559
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Empowering people to recover, succeed in accomplishing their goals, find meaning and purpose in life, and reconnect with themselves and others.
Activating the next generation of frame-breaking healthcare innovation to support people beyond their behavioral health needs and succeed in the community where they live, work, and play.
Intentional Peer Support: A Personal Retrospective by Shery Mead
Shery Mead's keynote address at the Experts by Experience Conference 2011
Shery Mead, Eva Dech,Steven Morgan, and Chris Hansen far (R)
Deep self reflection
Taking care of relationships
Being accountable to myself and others
Mad in America: Steven Morgan discusses his transformative journey from chronic "patient" to leading mental health advocate. Steven has been working in peer support and helping to create alternatives to traditional mental health services for the past decade. This is latest in a series of testimonials featured on MadInAmerica.com produced by the Open Paradigm Project.
Alternatives Conference 2014
Intentional Peer Support
In 2013, Steve became Operations Manager for Intentional Peer Support, where he brings a passion for creating instruments of social change, a love of organizational development, and a belief in the transformative power of community. On full moons he enjoys writing, playing music, woodworking, and taking long long walks.
Recovery Mental Health: Nov 3 2014
Mental health peer support worker Frances Skerritt gives a short speech describing her role in the mental health treatment team, and the opportunities and challenges she has faced therein.
The following is a history of the consumer movement written by the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse it is available online for free download at: http://www.mhselfhelp.org/techasst/view.php?techasst_id=16