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Successful Crowdfunding: Tips, Tricks and Lessons Learned
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Thursday, April 24, 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST (12:00 - 1:30 PM PST)
The Crowdfunding Industry Report by Massolution put out data showing the overall crowdfunding industry raised $2.7 billion in 2012, across more than 1 million individual campaigns globally. How can persons with lived experience and peer-run organizations leverage crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe to raise funds for a variety of peer support, arts, and social change projects? Representatives from three successfully funded Kickstarter campaigns will share their lessons learned as to how to get the most out of crowdfunding efforts. These include: crafting an effective fundraising video, leveraging social media and other linkages to raise awareness of the campaign, and crafting a sustainable and achievable rewards program for campaign backers.
Leah Harris, NEC's Director of Communications and Development, was involved in a Kickstarter campaign for Madness Radio, a monthly podcast featuring alternative views on mental health, that successfully raised over $23,000.
Dese’Rae Stage is a photographer, writer, and suicide awareness advocate who created a Kickstarter campaign for Live Through This, a series of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors, raising nearly $23,000.
Expanding Your Social Media Presence
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Description: Are you already blogging or using tools like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, but wonder how you can use social media more efficiently to reach more people? What are some ways to develop a social media strategy, and how do you measure your effectiveness over time? These and other questions will be addressed in this webinar featuring the award-winning PEERS media team. Whether you're looking to expand your own social media presence or that of your peer-run organization or project, this webinar is for you. At 2:15 PM EST/11:15 AM PST we will conclude the presentations/Q&A, and invite you to join a real-time Tweet chat to practice skills to increase your effectiveness on Twitter. We invite you in advance of the webinar to create a Twitter account if you do not already have one. You can use the hashtag #peerschat on Twitter at 2:15 PM EST/11:15 AM PST to participate in the chat.
Note: This is not an "introduction to social media" webinar, but all skills and experience levels are welcome. To access NEC's 2012 introductory webinar on social media, visit www.power2u.org/information-technology.html
Presenters from the PEERS Media Team:
Jenee Darden, Web Content and PR Specialist
Visit www.peersnet.org/staff to see their full biographies
NEC unveils a new video supporting the Alternatives Conference, peer-run programs, and alternatives in general.
Below is a link to a collection of recovery stories filmed at Alternatives 2013 and produced by the Cafe TA Center.
Alternatives 2013, "Building Inclusive Communities: Valuing Every Voice," was an inspiring gathering with over 800 people in attendance. If you were unable to attend, or wish to review the keynote speeches and selected workshops, P.E.E.R.S. provided comprehensive coverage. Click here to access the conference coverage.
First Report On National Survey Of Peer-Run Organizations
The first report for public dissemination on the National Survey of Peer-Run Organizations is now available for download here. This report briefly describes the survey methods used and sheds light on organizational operations of 380 peer-run programs which participated in the study. More information about the project can be found here.
Reports on Medicaid reimbursement and participation in health homes will be available in the near future.
Asheville event focuses on mental health
'Psychiatric survivor' says sharing her story put her on path of recovery
Leah Harris, NEC's communications and development director, national peer-support advocate and self-described "psychiatric survivor," said she made a deliberate choice to "live a life worth living" by changing the narrative of her life. Click here for the complete article.
Community treatment orders 'don't reduce psychiatric readmissions'
This study of community treatment orders (CTOs) in patients with psychosis is reported as being the largest of its kind. Its findings support those of two previous trials, which also found no benefit from CTOs in reducing readmissions. Click here to read a summary of the study.
Alternatives to Suicide: Lessons from the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community
Webinar archive now available!
Alternatives to Suicide peer support groups exist because the opportunity to talk about feelings of hopelessness to empathic ears can decrease the inclination to act on suicidal feelings. This webinar, held on April 24, 2013, discussed the need for and development of peer-run support groups for people struggling with suicidal feelings and thoughts. Presenters: Janice Sorensen and Sean Donovan. Click here to access the presentation.
New study shows that people diagnosed with mental health issues more likely to be the victim of homicide than those with no diagnosis
So You Want to Start a Peer-run Warmline? A Guide to Maintaining a Sustainable Warmline
This guide, co-authored by the National Empowerment Center and the Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, draws on the advice and experience of existing warmlines and provides tips on fundraising, marketing/outreach, training, supervision, data collection, evaluation, and much, much more! Click to view/download (PDF, 12.2MB, 29 pages)
New Study: Compulsory Treatment Unjustified, Does not Reduce Hospital Readmission
This study, published in The Lancet (March 2013), concludes: "In well coordinated mental health services the imposition of compulsory supervision does not reduce the rate of readmission of psychotic patients. We found no support in terms of any reduction in overall hospital admission to justify the significant curtailment of patients' personal liberty." Click here to read the full article (PDF, 274KB, 7 pages)
Obama administration to launch mental health dialogue
The Obama administration is planning a national campaign to encourage the discussion of mental health issues in light of recent mass shootings.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan will lead the effort, which will begin within weeks, Sebelius said Tuesday.
"There is no question that the recent tragedy in Newtown broke the hearts of the nation," Sebelius told a medical conference in Washington, D.C. "But it also gives us an opportunity to address some important issues that have gone unaddressed for too long."
The administration called for the dialogue in its January recommendations on preventing gun violence. Four of President Obama's 23 executive actions on the issue addressed mental health.
Training and Technical Assistance Opportunities
The Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) Team can assist you in your work through free training opportunities, telephone consultations, email resources, peer learning, webcasts, distance learning, and knowledge products. The BRSS TACS Team is a consortium, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), dedicated to promoting wide-scale adoption of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems for people in recovery from substance use and/or mental health conditions. Click here to access the TA Request Form (Word Doc, 2 pages).
"Free Your Mind Projects" Radio Show featuring Daniel B. Fisher on Gun Violence, Mental Health, and Emotional CPR
Dr. Fisher discusses his personal story of recovery and Emotional CPR. Click here to listen to the show (streaming audio, 56 minutes). Click here for complete description of the show. (PDF, 88KB, 2 pages)
Daniel B. Fisher and Linda Rosenberg testify before the Biden Task Force on Gun Violence
On January 9, 2013, Daniel B. Fisher and Linda Rosenberg testified before the Biden Task Force on Gun Violence. They agreed on the need for the federal government to sponsor a series of community dialogues on recovery. A related topic was the importance of balancing civil rights of persons labeled with mental health issues, the push for national registry of persons labeled, and the problematic nature of forced treatment. Click here to read Daniel B. Fisher's testimony. (PDF, 190KB, 2 pages)
Daniel B. Fisher Publishes Letter in the Boston Globe: Outpatient Commitment would Harm Patients in Need
NEC Executive Director Daniel B. Fisher writes that making outpatient commitment possible in Massachusetts would be the wrong move. Click here to read the letter.
National Empowerment Center (NEC) Calls for Peer-delivered Community Services Instead of More Forced Treatment
NEW NEC Initiative: Community Recovery Dialogues
Bringing together peers, providers, family members, and others to create community and shift the culture of mental health systems. [ more… ]
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