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Dan Fisher's keynote address, "Heartbeats of Hope" to the Asia Pacific Conference, Brisbane, Australia, October 25, 2016

The radio interview of Dan Fisher and Jenny Speed on topic of Emotional CPR, by Australia Broadcasting Corporation, Dec. 4, 2016

Psychiatrist Daniel Fisher would like to shift the paradigm of mental health services and empower people to play a strong role in their own recovery—so he’s teaching emotional CPR. Click to listen

Improving Relationships Between Police and the Mental Health Community

Please note there are technical difficulties for about the first 20 minutes which get resolved. Click here for PowerPoint Presentation (2.96MB)

Webinar: How the Better Days Approach Can Help in a Crisis

More info at http://power2u.org/other-crisis-alternatives.html#Better-Days

NEC's Event Featuring Bruce Levine Now Available!

National Empowerment Center Marches for Dignity

On August 24th, 2015, the National Empowerment Center participated in the March for Dignity and Change in Mental Health in Washington D.C.. Over 300 hundred advocates from around the country made a loud statement that day that the time for change in mental health is now.

Click here for a transcript of Acting Executive Director Oryx Cohen's speech before the march (PDF, 33KB, 1 page).

Hearing Voices

NEC's Oryx Cohen was featured along with the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community's Marty Hadge in a SAMHSA sponsored webinar on Hearing Voices on World Mental Health Day (10/12/14). Click here to access the recorded webinar.

For more information on the Hearing Voices Network:

In the USA, please visit www.hearingvoicesusa.org
Internationally, please visit www.intervoiceonline.org

NEC unveils a new video supporting the Alternatives Conference, peer-run programs, and alternatives in general.

Below is a link to a collection of recovery stories filmed at Alternatives 2013 and produced by the Cafe TA Center.


Alternatives to Suicide: Lessons from the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community

Webinar archive now available!

Alternatives to Suicide peer support groups exist because the opportunity to talk about feelings of hopelessness to empathic ears can decrease the inclination to act on suicidal feelings. This webinar, held on April 24, 2013, discussed the need for and development of peer-run support groups for people struggling with suicidal feelings and thoughts. Presenters: Janice Sorensen and Sean Donovan. Click here to access the presentation.

We Are the Evidence: Evaluation of Peer Programs

Also available as a PowerPoint Presentation (2.3MB)

Yana Jacobs and Michael Cornwall talk about Peer Respites on Mental Health Matters

Visit the Mental Health Matters page at the P.E.E.R.S website

Daniel Fisher Shares Recovery in Iceland

On a recent trip to Iceland, Daniel Fisher shares his personal story of recovery as well as the broader philosophy of the recovery movement.

Electroshock Survivors and Advocates Testify before FDA Advisory Committee: Don't Reclassify ECT Machines

John Breeding - ECT Testimony before FDA
Transcript (PDF, 16KB, 2 pages)
From the National Empowerment Center on Vimeo.

On January 27-28, 2011, numerous electroshock survivors and advocates testified at an FDA Advisory Committee Meeting, arguing against the reclassification of ECT machines from Class III to Class II. John Breeding presents his testimony here. Read the written testimony of other survivors and advocates: Dorothy Washburn Dundas, Daniel B. Fisher, and Leonard Roy Frank. Click here for more resources on electroshock.