Moving Toward a Human Rights Approach to Mental Health, published in Community Mental Health Journal, by Jim Probert

Article Abstract: The University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center (UFCWC) has implemented peer support and professional training programs to address human rights identified within advocacy groups comprised of individuals who have, themselves, been diagnosed with mental illness. These programs are moving the UFCWC toward fulfilling a 2017 United Nations report emphasizing rights-based professional training, provision of genuine informed consent, and availability of non-compromised peer support alternatives. Collaborating with student peers, four UFCWC faculty members have facilitated forms of peer support developed within service-user movements, while openly identifying experiences of reclaiming their own lives from the impacts of adversity, intense mental distress, and traumatizing responses of others to their distress. In the wake of the current pervasive health, economic, and social justice crises, professionals have a collective opportunity to recognize the human experience and rights of those suffering mental distress. These UFCWC programs offer one example of steps taken toward that goal.

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Promising Evidence of the Role of Emotional CPR: Co-Immunity Through Community CPR

A recent editorial by Daniel Fisher points out that social-emotional connecting can improve a person’s immune response. We are calling this Co-immunity through community. Since Emotional CPR has been shown to improve emotional connecting, this editorial suggests that Emotional CPR can improve Co-immunity to COVID. Click here to read the editorial.

Emotional CPR: Heart-Centered Peer Support

NEC’s COO Oryx Cohen and Youth Emotional CPR Trainer Briza Gavidia were recently featured on the Mad in America podcast to discuss how Emotional CPR can be utilized to assist youth in emotional crisis. Click here to listen to the podcast episode.

Webinar Recording Now Available: New Frontiers for Activism: Art-making as an Alternative Philosophy of Care During Emotional Crisis

Presenter: Karin Jervert

Webinar Description:

In this workshop, we will explore several conditions and intentions in art-making practice which can create spaces that support healing for ourselves and for those in emotional crisis. We will talk about art-making as a container for suffering, anger, altered states and other experiences; how to facilitate flow within this space; and what obstacles can appear like fear, judgement, shame and paralysis. We will talk also a bit about lowering stakes in self-expression by encouraging and incorporating play and mistakes as powerful learning experiences. I will offer tools and ideas that together use art-making practices and concepts as a framework for a philosophy of care and compassion in the presence of our own and other’s suffering, and create portability of these practices so that we can bring these ideas and intentions into our lives and relationships day to day to create positive change within our selves and our larger communities.

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“Meet Daniel Fisher of NEC in Lawrence”

NEC’s Daniel Fisher was recently profiled in Boston Voyager. Click here to read about Daniel Fisher and his work with the National Empowerment Center, Emotional CPR, and National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery.

Peer and Non-Peer Academic Scientists and Peer Support Specialist Community of Practice Stakeholder Engagement to Advance the Science of Peer Support

Dan Fisher is one of the authors of this article: Peer and Non-Peer Academic Scientists and Peer Support Specialist Community of Practice: Stakeholder Engagement to Advance the Science of Peer Support. Click here to view the article online and here to download a PDF of the article.

Hudson to Launch Emotional CPR Program

The Hudson Health Department received a grant to offer NEC’s Emotional CPR training to multiple sectors of the Hudson community, such as the business community, first responders, town department, school staff, and the library. Hudson will be the first community in the country to have multiple sectors trained in eCPR. For more information, click here.

New Resource: The Advocates’ Guide 2020

The Advocates’ Guide: An Educational Primer on Federal Programs and Resources Related to Affordable Housing andCommunity Development is, as the title suggests, a guide to affordable housing. But on many levels it is much more than that. The guide comprises hundreds of pages of useful resources and practical knowhow, written by leading experts in the affordable housing and community development field with a common purpose: to educate advocates and affordable housing providers of all kinds about the programs and policies that make housing affordable and accessible to low-income people across America.

Click here for the guidebook.

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Webinar: Emotional CPR Brings Hope, Life and Community to a Sad World

British Columbia Psychosocial Rehabilitation | Advanced Practice is very pleased to announce a webinar with Dr. Daniel Fisher CEO of The National Empowerment Center, and Shontelle Prokipcak from Mental Health and Addiction Services of Ottawa! Click here for the webinar overview

Recent Interview with NEC’s Dan Fisher on Polish Radio Station

Daniel Fisher was recently interviewed in Katowice,Poland by a TV station. There is an introduction in Polish, but rest of interview is in English with translation into Polish. See below for the interview.

Updated Hearing Voices Curriculum Now Available!

Originally developed by Dr. Pat Deegan, the NEC Hearing Voices Curriculum now includes updates developed by Dr. Dan Fisher, Oryx Cohen, and Digital Eyes Film.  In addition to the original simulation exercises, the updates include a new DVD featuring one of the co-founders of the Hearing Voices Network, Dr. Marius Romme, as well as testimony from voice hearers themselves.  The updated curriculum includes new discussion questions that will help participants better understand how they can support voice hearers after the training.

For more information about the curriculum click here.

Learn more about the updated Hearing Voices Curriculum in the video below.

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Measuring the Promise: A Compendium of Recovery Measures

One of a series of materials produced by the Evaluation [email protected] This compendium provides a resource of current recovery and recovery-related instruments for adult mental health system stakeholders to use in research and evaluation particularly towards the end of identifying evidence-based practices. [Click to view Measuring the Promise (PDF – 7,917KB, 254 pages)]

Learn More about Emotional CPR

Emotional CPR is a training offered by the National Empowerment Center that teaches people how to assist others through an emotional crisis. It was developed by and for people with lived experience of mental health recovery. Click here to learn more.

New Study on Emotional CPR

A new study indicates that eCPR may increase feelings of belonging while increasing supportive behaviors toward individuals with mental health problems and improving clinical outcomes related to positive and negative affect and feelings of loneliness. To access the full-text publication, visit:

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