VISN 5 Resource E-Blasts on Recovery in SMI - MIRECC / CoE
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VISN 5 Resource E-Blasts on Recovery in SMI


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As a part of the VISN 5 MIRECC's commitment to support mental health clinicians in their efforts to incorporate recovery-oriented care for Veterans and the Veteran families they serve, we began regularly disseminating national email-blasts in 2019. The goal of this effort is to provide front-lined mental health staff across the VA system information on relevant topic areas and point them to resources they could utilize in their work with Veterans with SMI.

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The E-Blasts topics are chosen specifically for areas that support recovery-oriented care. Check out each one!

DateResource Title and Description

VA/Clubhouse Points of Contact (POC)
June 2021
Clubhouse Model of Care

Subtitles: Connecting Veterans to Community Care: VA/Clubhouse Points of Contact - VA/Clubhouse Point of Contact Resources - Clubhouse International

Connection Plans logo: silhouette of person surrounded by connected circles
May 2021
May is Mental Health Awarenss Month

Subtitles: VA Connection Plans - Recovery-Oriented Educational Products - Recovery-Oriented Media

American flag on a map of the continental United States
March 2021
Veteran Stakeholders Forum

Subtitles: What is a Veteran Stakeholders Forum? Why create a Veteran Stakeholders Forum? Want to develop a Veteran Stakeholders Forum in your Center? How can a Veteran volunteer for the VISN 5 MIRECC Veteran Stakeholders Forum?

VISN 5 MIRECC Link Putting Recovery into practice; two interconnected links
February 2021
Stigma and Mental Health

Subtitles: A new issue of the VISN 5 MIRECC Link focused on Ending Self-Stigma for PTSD (ESS-P) • Other Stigma and Mental Health Resources from the VISN 5 MIRECC including Ending Self-Stigma and EASE-ing Self Stigma

VA Mental Health Lived Experience Community of Practice
December 2020
Mental Health Lived Experience Community of Practice

Subtitles: VISN 5 MIRECC and Mental Health Lived Experience Community of Practice Partner to Support Recovery • MHLE COP Releases Consensus Statement on Advocacy-Motivated “Coming Out” and a Culture of Disclosure

Recovery Wheel: Hope, Person-Driven, Many Pathways, Holistic, Peer Support, Relational, Culture, Addresses Trauma, Strengths/Responsibilities, Respect
April 2020
Using the Guiding Principles of Recovery to Cope During Physical Distancing

Introduction: Adapting to a national emergency and maintaining physical distancing can be challenging to mental health. SAMHSA’s ten guiding principles of recovery can provide direction for how to cope, even in these challenging times.

Quit Smoking with positive words written around it
January 2020
January is a Great Time to Quit Smoking!

Introduction: Welcome to a new year! The start of a new year is the perfect time to quit smoking! Quitting smoking is a great way to improve your health and accomplish something big. ...and, you can do it! The Smoking Cessation Handouts on the Quit Smoking e-blast are available on our Educational Products page. Just click on the Smoking Cessation Section to see more!

paper doll family resting in two opened palms
November 2019
National Caregivers Month

Introduction: It’s the time of year where we give thanks. It’s a perfect opportunity to reflect, with gratitude, on the important contributions family caregivers make in supporting loved ones with medical and mental health conditions every day! Over 65 million adults in the United States spend an average of 20 hours a week providing care for a family member or friend with a chronic ill-ness or disability.

VA Peer Support the Road to Recovery VA logo
October 2019
Global Peer Appreciation Day

Introduction: Peer Support is an integral part of recovery-oriented care. Today we acknowledge the contributions of peer providers around the world, who offer the gift of their lived experience to others in recovery from mental health and substance use disorders.  There are over 1,000 Peer Specialists working in VA, providing high-quality recovery-oriented services to Veterans across the country. Thank you for your work!

Stigma-Free Zone: Enter Here
September 2019
September is National Recovery Month

Introduction: Every September, the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. The 2019 theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger

March 2019
Social Skills Training Coach App

Introduction: We are pleased to report that a blog post on VA Social Skills Training and describing the Social Skills Training Coach App for Veterans (in development) are featured in the current VA Insider. The VA Social Skills Training Program is located at the VISN5 MIRECC.


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