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Information on Alternatives 2010 presenters, websites, and future talks:

Gayle Bluebird and Janet Paleo will be receiving Voice Awards presented in Hollywood, California by SAMHSA on Wednesday, October 13, 2010. There is no charge for attendance. The event celebrates consumer advocates who work tirelessly to promote the social inclusion of people with behavioral health problems and the real possibility of recovery as well as writers and producers.

Kevin Hines was featured on CBS Sunday Morning on October 3, 2010. See the video here:;photovideo

Robert Whitaker’s future talks and link to his Alternatives talk:

SAMHSA 10 x 10 Wellness Campaign Free Trainings Available Online:

Tracking Wellness Measures to Increase Life Expectancy Among People with Mental Health Problems: October 26, 2010
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., ET:

Andersen, Debbie, An Overview of the Art of Facilitating Self-Determination

Ashenden, Peter, The Memorial Gardens of St. Elizabeth’s Psychiatric Hospital and the Traveling Memorial Exhibit

Aslami, Khatera, The Alameda County Social Inclusion Campaign: Stamping Out Stigma and Discrimination through Positive Interventions, 

Aslan, Marion, EleMental-International Centre for Principles and Values of Recovery and Thriving,

Bach, Dennis, Learning Community to Expand Use of Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) Teaching Whole Health in Texas,

Badillo, George, Peers and Parenting,,

Bell, Lori, Work and Wellness: How Vocational Activities Promote the Eight Dimensions of Wellness,

Benner, Ann Bohr, Psychiatric Advance Directives and WRAP Crisis Plans,

Bergeson, Sue, Using the 2010 Pillars of Peer Support White Paper to Advance the Role of Consumers within your State and System of Care,,

Black Men Speak, KEYNOTE,

Esnayra, Joan, Psychiatric Service Dog Society,

Hall, Will,,

Hansen, Chris, Intentional Peer Support, 

Knight, Ed, Psychosis Dharma Community,

Landau, Vanessa, Heroes Project – Resiliency Fitness Paradigm,

National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association,

Oaks, David,

Paleo, Janet,

Plotnick, Debbie, Advanced Systems Advocacy,

Ragins, MD, Mark, KEYNOTE: Many Roads to Recovery,,

Rider, Ann,

Robins, Suzann, Author of Exploring Intimacy: Cultivating Healthy Relationships through Insight and Intuition. Speaker and Educator for Inner Visions and Rainbow Resources. Find out more at  or vendor site

Rogers, Joe, A Summary of Research on Supported Education for Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities, Boston University Disability Research Right to Know Supported Education information,,

Rosenthal, Ken Paul, Presenting screenings/workshops all over North America with his poetic documentary on mental health, Crooked Beauty. For tour locations, bookings, and DVDs:

Sweet, Grace, Laughter Yoga,

West, Corinna, Developing your Art Practice into a Self-Supporting Business to Promote Social Justice, and Success stories from the Developing World on Recovery and the Improvement of Social Justice, 

Wetzler, Denise, Psychiatric Service Dogs,

Williams, Mertice “Gitane”; Hess, Jim; Blum, Patty, Social Inclusion in the Workplace,,

More to come!!

Alternatives 2010 is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration