National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse
The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse (the Clearinghouse) is a peer-run national technical assistance and resource center that fosters recovery, self-determination, and community inclusion. The Clearinghouse serves individuals with lived experience of a mental health condition, peer-run service and advocacy organizations, family members, mental health professionals and service providers, policy makers, and the public.
The Clearinghouse was the first national technical assistance center founded and run by individuals diagnosed with mental health conditions. It was conceived in 1986 by founder Joseph Rogers in order to foster the movement for social justice of people with psychiatric diagnoses and to aid such individuals in their recovery. The Clearinghouse sparked the development of additional national technical assistance centers that serve people who have mental health conditions.
Until September 30, 2015, the Clearinghouse was funded through federal grants. Since then, the Clearinghouse has been operated by volunteers under the auspices of Mental Health Partnerships.
The Clearinghouse continues to connect people to self-help and advocacy resources and offer expertise to and about peer-run groups and organizations that serve individuals who have been diagnosed with mental health conditions.
The Clearinghouse publishes a monthly e-newsletter, the Key Update, which offers news and resources on a variety of mental health-related topics. For the latest edition, click here. In addition, the Clearinghouse has created a national (although not comprehensive) directory of Consumer-Driven Services: www.cdsdirectory.org.