The ITE/MH Campaign appreciated the opportunity to be a part of this year’s annual Copeland Center Summit in State College, PA by exhibiting and presenting the ITE/MH Campaign workshop. It was truly inspiring to be with attendees of this conference, who are supporting individuals in their recovery, and learning more about an essential recovery tool WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) created by Mary Ellen Copeland.
Fifteen mental health peers attended the ITE/MH Workshop and worked together to brainstorm ways to take action on the Campaign in their communities. Here are some of their ideas:
- Connect with Veteran’s groups, such as the Wounded Warriors Project and share the positive messages of the Campaign.
- Share the Campaign materials with the Intellectual Disability community.
- Outreach to individuals involved with support groups, such as those effected by domestic abuse.
- Use the 5 X 7 ITE/MH print at Stakeholder Steering Committee meetings, and have participants write down each of the Campaign values on the back of the print and the name of a person who made a difference in their lives beside each value.
- Organize an ITE/MH creative event.
- Establish ITE clubs on college campuses.
- Hang the Faces of Mental Health Recovery panels in civic spaces during mental health month.
- Hold a Homeless Memorial Day. Remember those who have died from the impact of homelessness, and celebrate those who have been homeless and have survived and thrived.
- Connect with groups held at local libraries and present the Campaign to reach diverse audiences.
- Present graduates of various programs an ITE recognition such as those completing Certified Peer Specialist training and people moving from residential programs into own home.
These are just some of the brilliant ideas that have been identified to take Action using the ITE/MH messages and resources. They will be added to the ever growing list at Act on the ITE/MH website. We can’t wait to hear your ideas and learn how you’ve taken action in your community!