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Clf of DC. OrgHelping consumers help themselves

Jan 2012Volume 1 Issue 1
 Inside This Issue

1.WRAP Concepts

2. Principles of Reintegration

3. Housing First

4. Focus on the Vision

5.Mental Health First Aid

7.Calendar of Events

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Empowering mental

health consumers with

specializd information

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Message from the Editor

The purpose of this newsletter is to empower mental health consumers by providing specialized information to help consumers and their allies to work together to transform the DC mental health system to a recovery-oriented, consumer-led system of care.

It will focus on the vision of the type of mental health system we want to create and the process for getting there.

Consumer Leadership Forum (CLF) believes strongly that recovery is possible; one step at a time, one day at a time, and with the right supports in place mental health consumers healing journey in life can besuccessful.

Tools to Help Consumers Help Themselves

Wrap Conceptsa series designed to help readers learn; mental health recovery concepts plus the skills and guidelines used to develop a Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP).

Principles of Reintegration/Survival SkillsInformation & strategies for people who want to end their dependency on the mental heath system, become more fully integrated into the community of their choice, develop the skills & strategies needed for independence & work toward meeting their life dreams & goals.

Housing FirstOur main goal is to provide information on housing and make changes in the way housing is povided in the District of Columbia.

Focus on the VisionIntended to promote leadership and provide directions in the planning, development, and coordination of ways to encourage involvement of Consumers and family members of the District of Columbia into the Mental Health System.

Mental Health First Aid Would you recognize the signs and symptoms of a mental health crisis in someone else? How would you react? We hear about an expanding public program whose aim is to ensure everyone 'Knows What to Do' when faced with another's depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, or something else.

Calendarevents important to consumers, their families and providers