Peer Self-Advocacy (PSA)
In the Peer Self-Advocacy program (PSA), people with mental health disabilities share experiences. They help their peers speak up, make decisions, help each other and live the lives they choose. We reach out to the community. We hold self-advocacy groups and trainings where people live and in the community. The PSA knows change can and does happen.
California Memorial Project
We help fight the mental health stigma and discrimination we experience as peers by remembering those who came before us. Our California Memorial Project holds annual Remembrance Day ceremonies on the third Monday of September. These ceremonies honor people with mental health and developmental disabilities who lived and died in state institutions without the acknowledgement and respect they deserved. We also place memorial monuments throughout the state on hospital grounds or local cemeteries where people from these institutions were buried. Our plans include restoring these cemeteries, collecting personal stories from people who lived in institutions and creating a video about the project and the history of the peer movement. California Memorial Project website.
This publication gives you tips to be your own advocate. The tips cover things like being prepared and asking questions. Keeping records and getting information in your language are important tips. Knowing your rights and getting help are other tips.
This pub talks about how mental health labels can be bad for people who suffer from mental health challenges. This pub shows the reader how mental health labels are not true.
Client driven services are those a person with mental health disabilities decides are best for them. This pub tells you about client driven services. It also tells you about “recovery” and “peer support.” It tells you why client driven services are important.
This pub explains what stigma is. It tells you what discrimination means. The pub’s focus is on mental health. It tells you about different types of stigma. It tells you how discrimination happens.
This pub tells you about “peer support services.” Mental health peers give the services. They are people who have personal experience with a mental health disability. The pub tells you where to find the services. The pub tells you how effective the services are.
People first language means putting the person first before the disability label. This pub tells you about using people first language when talking about people with mental health disabilities. It tells you why some words are stigmatizing. It tells you words to avoid. It tells you words to use.
This pub tells you about the role of religion in mental health services. It tells you how it can help recovery. It gives advice about talking to people about their beliefs.
This pub tells you about mental health recovery. Recovery is a journey of healing to reach your full ability. It is personal and unique to the person and is important to decide what it means for you. The pub also tells you about the recovery model.