'm AN ADVOCATE TRAINER, Pharmaceutical Chemist, JOB CREATOR, and SOCIAL CHANGE agent: In the last 10 years I trained 39 Peer Recovery coaches, 9 Certified Peer Specialists, Helped coordinate 345 Resilience Messaging Events, and made Behavioral Health Recovery an Expectation for as many people as possible. I trained 240 sponsored artists/advocates, helped advocates make over 110 conference appearances, and had advocates increase their median advocate business revenue by 10 fold. My agency was the biggest asset-based community development funder of individual behavioral health advocates in the Central States. Our advocates gave 1747 hours of peer input into over 40 projects per year for over 4 years. I'm a JOB CREATOR: I wrote 106 grants and earned 22 of them, with ALL of them completed on time, on budget, and with ALL deliverables as promised. I pulled down over a million dollars of lifetime agency revenue, trained 19 staff people, and paid over 60 contractors per year for 5 years, with the top 20 advocates per year earning a median of $1,700 per year for freelance advocacy efforts.

Maybe I never needed a psychiatric label at all

The short version of this story is that I gave up on my dreams. That’s why my first recovery story was called, “Taking Back the Dreams.” I also had a spiritual crises around that time in my life, was using pot, and didn’t have a lot of friends and meaningful connections. What if someone had simply addressed those four issues? Maybe I would never have been sucked into the disability industrial complex.

Urban Alley Kat Rally

Wellness Wordworks, Bike For The Brain, Truman Medical Center, and Missouri Mental Health Foundation presents: Hands Across Missouri: Urban Alley Kat Race for Mental Health Awareness. Walking or Bicycling scavenger hunt through the streets of Kansas City. Special awards include T-shirts, jerseys, water bottles, lights, and cash. Free for walkers, $5 for cyclists. Registration on-site…

Recovery promotion guidelines from people who are recovered

National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery 1101 15th Street, NW #1212 Washington, DC 20005 Phone: 877-246-9058 (Toll Free)   Email: info@ncmhr.org Web: www.ncmhr.org Press Release For Immediate Release National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery Releases Guidelines for Promoting Recovery Through Choice and Alternatives WASHINGTON, D.C. (4-28-11) – The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR), a national coalition of statewide consumer/survivor organizations…