VA Mental Health Lived Experience Community of Practice - MIRECC / CoE
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VA Mental Health Lived Experience Community of Practice

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Introduction:

The VA Mental Health Lived Experience (MHLE) Community of Practice (COP) is a group for VA mental health care staff who also have lived experience of mental illness (“prosumers”, i.e. professionals/consumers). The MHLE COP meets every third Friday of the month from 2:00-3:00pm Eastern to discuss identified needs from the field, work on ongoing educational and advocacy efforts and offer mutual support. All VA psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, occupational therapists, peer specialists, trainees, medical support assistants, managers, researchers and other staff with MHLE who are working in VA mental health care are welcome to join! You do not need to be “out” as having MHLE and membership is confidential.
To become a member contact: VHAMHLELeadershipTeam@va.gov

In keeping with the VISN 5 MIRECC’s mission to support and enhance the recovery and community functioning of Veterans with mental health disorders, we seek to amplify the voices of people with Mental Health Lived Experience (MHLE) and strengthen the role of Veteran and clinician stakeholders in the work of our Center. Therefore, we are proud to partner with the VA Mental Health Lived Experience Community of Practice to support VA staff with MHLE and the VA as a welcoming, stigma-free organization.

How to Request Services:

MHLE Speakers

Book a VHA mental health provider with lived experience to speak at:

  • Grand Rounds
  • Mental Health Summits
  • Trainings on Recovery-Oriented Care or Diversity

We connect VA facilities with mental health professionals who have lived with a mental health challenge. Research shows that mental health providers who have professional role models with lived experience make more recovery oriented, empowering clinical decisions.

Please contact VHAMHLESpeakers@va.gov

MHLE Consultants

Consult with a VHA mental health provider with lived experience to:

  • Improve workplace acceptance, diversity, and inclusion
  • Learn best practices
  • Increase your own coping skills

We connect VA facilities and personnel with VHA mental health professionals who have lived with a mental health challenge and dealt positively with workplace issues. Research shows that mental health providers who have been taught to use lived experience in the workforce better identify with Veterans and coworkers who manage mental health challenges, which leads to more effective care for Veterans and a more welcoming and productive workplace.

Please contact VHAMHLEConsultants@va.gov

Additional Resources:

Click on each + to see additional resources below:

Articles on Mental Health Lived Experience among Mental Health Providers

  • Boyd, J. E., Graunke, B., Frese, F. J., Jones, J. T. R., Adkins, J. W., & Bassman, R. (2016). State psychology licensure questions about mental illness and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86(6), 620–631. https://doi.org/10.1037/ort0000177
  • Boyd, J. E., Zeiss, A., Reddy, S., & Skinner, S. (2016). Accomplishments of 77 VA mental health professionals with a lived experience of mental illness. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86(6), 610-619. https://doi.org/10.1037/ort0000208
  • Harris, J. I., Leskela, J., & Hoffman-Konn, L. (2016). Provider lived experience and stigma. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86(6), 604–609. https://doi.org/10.1037/ort0000179
  • Harris, J.I., Leskela, J., Lakhan, S. et al. Developing Organizational Interventions to Address Stigma Among Mental Health Providers: A Pilot Study. Community Ment Health J 55, 924–931 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-019-00393-w
  • Jones JTR, North CS, Vogel-Scibilia S, Myers MF, Owen RR. (2018). Medical Licensure Questions About Mental Illness and Compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law, 46(4):458-471. DOI:10.29158/JAAPL.003789-18
  • Kundra, L.B. & Salzer, M.S. (2019): Out of the shadows: supporting social workers with a mental illness. Social Work in Mental Healthhttps://doi.org/10.1080/15332985.2019.1576155
  • Vierthaler, J. M., & Elliott, E. C. (2020, July 16). A Shared Lived Experience of a Psychologist Battling a Mental Health Crisis. Psychological Services. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ser0000489
  • Harris, J.I., Barnes, T., Boyd, J.E., Joseph, K., (2020, Sep 17). Osatuke, K. Workplace bullying among mental health providers with lived experience of a mental health challengePsychological Services. doi: 10.1037/ser0000499. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32940499. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32940499/

Consensus Statements

VA Mental Health Lived Experience Community of Practice Consensus Statements
These statements communicate a broad consensus from the MHLE COP membership.

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