Catalogs & Ongoing Events

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School for Transformative Mental Health
Institute for the Development of Human Arts (IDHA)
2020 Schedule
Sponsorships available for people with financial need
New York City

Center for Practice Innovations
New York City

CUCS Academy for Justice-Informed Practice
New York City

Mental Health Empowerment Project (MHEP)
Empowerment Exchange

Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC)
Recovery from SMI

Open Minds Self-Paced Learning Series
Value-Based Payment

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Ongoing Events

Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) Academy
Located in New York City offers a wide range of classes for working with those who are justice-involved.

David’s Refuge
Our mission is to provide respite, resources and support to parents and guardians of children with special needs or life threatening medical conditions where they will be refreshed, restored and renewed in their role as caregivers.

Delaware County Warmline
Peer operators with lived experience. Created as a pre-crisis intervention. Need to talk, get resources or wellness checks…the warm line is here.
(844)-865-3156 | 5:00 – 8:00 PM | Tues, Wednesday, Thursday

ForLikeMinds is a free social media platform dedicated to the recovery and wellness of people living with or supporting someone with mental illness, substance use, or a stressful life event. We empower members to connect and engage in relatable micro-communities of people with similar backgrounds and experiences. This journey starts with hope and is nourished by the support of like minds sharing their lived experience. Guide to getting the most out of this innovative discussion platform.

Friendship Benches
This is a program that started as part of ThriveNYC and since its founding two years ago, the peers have talked to some 50,000 people and given light counseling and help in navigating city resources to about 9,000. Read a New York Times article about this innovative program or watch a Good Morning America video segment about it.

Hands Across Long Island
Free Food Farmacy and Peer groups

Healing Connections
Peer-led support groups in both live and online formats. The in-person groups are held every Thursday, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Association for Mental Health and Wellness, 939 Johnson Ave, Ronkonkoma (Long Island). The online peer support groups are held on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Institute for the Development of Human Arts (IDHA)
New York City- based group that offers monthly classes and networking groups, and now are also offering online learning. Their first online course is the History of the MAD Movement and Alternatives to Biomedical Approaches. View back issues of their newsletter.

Live & Learn
Reclaiming Employment. Phase I was a Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) grant to support the development of a working prototype of Reclaiming Employment that is now freely available to the public. In Phase II, Live & Learn will continue to develop the Reclaiming Employment platform and develop a commercialization plan to improve overall access to tools for individuals with psychiatric histories start and run a business enterprise. View the latest newsletter and a video celebrating the success of phase 1.

Live for Today
Support Group for Adults with Thoughts of Suicide at MHA (Kingston, NY). Tuesdays from 5-6 pm. Starts August 6.

Mad in America
Submit your personal story! A ‘personal story’ is defined as your story of being in relationship to psychiatry and/or the mental health system, whatever that means to you. It might involve your opinions and analysis of what happened to you, as well. It can be about a specific event, or about your overall journey, provided it fits the length requirements (1500 to 3000 words) and has a narrative arc. The piece should be about your personal experiences, not psychiatry or the mental health system in general. Submissions should fall under the theme of rethinking psychiatry and the mental health system, and should be original works not previously published elsewhere. For examples of the types of stories we publish, view our personal stories archive.

Madness Network News
Quarterly newsletter of the mental patients’ liberation movement in the United States, advocating for human dignity, self-expression, and civil rights of people diagnosed with and labeled as mentally ill. The complete set of volumes 1-8 are available for $100 (at cost) plus $15 shipping. To place an order, email David Gonzales at

Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS)
offers an annual conference (this year on October 31 and Nov 1) and a wide range of on-site events and in-person training programs. View the training catalog.

myStrength App
We have witnessed our loved ones’ struggles to overcome the cost, inaccessibility, and stigma of care and treatment. The vision for myStrength, The health club for your mind™, was born as we realized that the Internet and mobile applications provide a perfect way to help those in need. Done right, digital resources that complement other forms of care, such as medication and working with a behavioral health professional, could give users support that is affordable, accessible, and devoid of the negative image that behavioral healthcare sometimes carries.

NAMI Homefront
Free, online, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class connects people around the country and helps families understand what the service member/ veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life transition, and mental health conditions.

National Peer Specialist Registry
This registry is an opportunity for you to connect with other peer specialists or recovery coaches in your area, around your country or throughout the world. It is also a way in which you can display your life work so that employers can seek you out if desired. We know that a peer support workforce that is connected will have opportunities to learn and grow with fellow peer specialists. We are stronger together!

New York City Peer Workforce Coalition
Since its founding in 2014, The NYC Peer Workforce Coalition has been committed to being THE place peers working in mental health and substance use disorder fields can connect with to discuss issues that peers can relate to and together, coming up with practical solutions for the benefit of all people. The organization is made up OF peers and is FOR peers.

New York City Peer and Community Health Worker Workforce Consortium
Started from a Summit by the NYC Workforce Coalition and funded as a part of the ThriveNYC initiative, the Consortium has developed an Organizational Readiness Toolkit, an Implementation Guide and provided guidance to support organizations in the integration of peers in the workplace.

NYAPRS Funding Appeal
Systems advocacy is important and it is also expensive to bring advocates together. This appeal letter describes the benefits of making a contribution to ensure the voice of the advocates is heard on an annual basis in Albany.

Innovative treatment program for adolescents and young adults who have had unusual thoughts and behaviors, or who have started hearing or seeing things that others don’t. OnTrackNY helps people achieve their goals for school, work, and relationships. Programs are located throughout New York State.

Psych Ward Greeting Cards
A project of, Psych Ward Greeting Cards makes it easy for empathic and compassionate people to let patients in the psych ward know that people, even strangers, care about them and support them. ForLikeMinds created and manages this program to deliver greeting cards from strangers to psychiatric patients at participating hospitals. As insignificant as it may seem, sharing a card can have a wonderful impact when a patient is at their lows – offering help, encouragement, and hope.

Reclaiming Employment Business Directory
A directory of small businesses in the U.S. that are operated by people with psychiatric histories. We feature a different business every two weeks, highlighting the business in the directory as well as advertising across our social media platforms. List your small business.

Recovery College
Located in Calgary, Alberta – this is a great example of people with lived experience coming together to learn with and from each other.

Speaking to the Heart
Podcast. Each show in our line-up aims to restore purpose and passion to those who need it most No matter the illness, no matter the pain, the Speaking to the Heart Podcast Network is dedicated to inspire You to live life fully again. From Our Heart to Yours, Let’s make a difference together!

Stand Up for Mental Health
What’s So Funny About Mental Health? As far as counselor and stand-up comic DAVID GRANIRER is concerned, everything! David who himself has depression founded the award-winning program STAND UP FOR MENTAL HEALTH where he teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental health issues as a way of building confidence and fighting stigma.

Wisdom Within
Podcast. Encouraging mental health awareness, self-advocacy, recovery and HOPE for all those living with mental health conditions, and everyone who cares about them.