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NAMI Recovery Guide for GLBTQI Individuals

A Mental Health Recovery and Community Integration Guide for GLBTQI Individuals: What You Need to Know is a 12-page colorful booklet that covers a range of key issues in mental health recovery and community integration such as treatment and rehabilitation, financial support, housing, employment, and peer support with specific information to address the unique needs of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Intersex (GLBTQI) individuals embedded throughout.

This resource was by the NAMI Multicultural Action Center in partnership with University of Pennsylvania’s Collaborative on Community Integration of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, with a shared desire to promote a message of hope and disseminate practical mental health recovery and community integration information to GLBTQI communities.

The UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration is the University of Pennsylvania’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) devoted to promoting community integration for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. The Collaborative creates valuable tools on community integration, topics important to mental health recovery.

Since a 2007 GLBT Listening Session, the Multicultural Action Center has noted the need for a recovery-focused mental health resource created specifically for this population. To develop a recovery guide, authors consulted the NAMI GLBT Leaders Group and held a focus group with the Philadelphia-based support group, the Pink and Blues, to garner input and expertise informed by personal experiences on pertinent issues to consider.

NAMI’s 2007-2010 Strategic Plan calls for NAMI to move from good to great. One of the key strategies to achieve this vision is to embrace and empower NAMI leaders and members from diverse communities. NAMI recognizes that our grassroots family includes Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) individuals and allies and that the needs of this community are unique. Visit www.nami.org/glbt for more information on GLBT mental health issues.

Click here to view a PDF of A Mental Health Recovery and Community Integration Guide for GLBTQI Individuals: What You Need to Know. Hard copies of this low-cost booklet are available for purchase through the NAMI store.

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