EXCELLENCE congratulates winners of its 2017 Expanding the Science and Practice of Recovery Care grants

Contact: Jessica Pratt                                                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Communications Manager                                                            October 27, 2017


(Wilsonville, OR) – The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care is pleased to announce the awards for this year’s Expanding the Science and Practice of Recovery-Based Mental Health Care and Supports grants. These one-year grants of up to $100,000 were selected for their vision and promise to effect cultural and system change, care innovation, and “slow psychiatry”, especially as these impact the lives of children.

The grants were funded by a person with lived experience of the mental health system, who when asked about the motivation and hope for their gift, replied, “I meet a lot of people who feel shamed and angry and traumatized by their experience with the mental health system. This was certainly my personal experience.

‘We decided to fund the competitive grant program because we are deeply interested in seeing change in how mental illness is conceived and treated. Our current systems of care are rife with problems and seem to be failing most. But there are pockets of hope, compassion, common sense and wisdom in many places. We are hoping these grants will help these ideas gain traction, develop an evidence base, and become widely available to help people get through episodes of crisis without becoming “mental health patients”.

‘It has been wonderful to see the vigorous response to the Foundation’s grant program and it has been an education in and of itself to see the many ideas that have been brought forth about how to improve care. I wish we could fund them all. I hope others in the philanthropic world will take notice and be galvanized to join in and help change the system.”

The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care is a U.S.-based community foundation with funders, grantees and volunteers from across the globe. We envision a world in which all people have hope, knowledge, tools, a sense of community and access to care to recover from mental health and trauma challenges. We connect donors from around the world to independent research projects and innovative programs that lead to recovery.

Grant proposals were reviewed by the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Council and grantees were selected by its Board of Directors.

And the winners are

Qualitative and mechanistic aspects of “Micronutrients for ADHD Youth”: The “MADDY” Study. A fully-blinded, randomized controlled trial with an open label extension in which all participants will receive the treatment; the first North American-based evaluation of a broad-spectrum micronutrient which consists of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. Several lines of evidence suggest that symptoms of ADHD respond well to treatment with nutrient supplementation, but more research is needed. Principal Investigator: Jeanette Johnstone, PhD, Instructor & Licensed Psychologist, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University.

A learning and self-development approach for mood-related distress in young people. This project will deliver and evaluate a novel, multi-pronged approach for supporting young adults, age 18-26, experiencing intense or extreme mood-related distress, without the use of psychiatric diagnostic labels or medication. The Learning & Self-development Collaborative aims to shift conversation away from an exclusively medical understanding of mental and emotional distress towards a holistic, self-development approach that values body, mind, social connections, and spirituality. Over the course of the program, young adults will participate in critical, consciousness-raising psychoeducation, along with peer support groups, counseling on nutrition and lifestyle, and opportunities to form social networks in the community. Principal Investigator: Shannon Hughes, MSW, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Colorado State University.

OnTrackNY with the Option of Social Network Meetings. OnTrackNY was developed to treat young adults within two years of experiencing an episode of psychosis. This project aims to expand the role of family engagement and support within that model, borrowing from the Needs Adapted and Open Dialogue models, to improve treatment and recovery outomes. It will create a family therapy service that brings together both the individual and members of their social network to effectively navigate crises and assist in negotiating treatment planning in collaboration with OnTrackNY at The Mental Health Association of Westchester. Principal investigator: Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center; Director, Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research & Center for Practice Innovations, New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Personal narratives of public mental health care in America. A video library and online curriculum for health care students and professionals to inspire the attitudes and values essential to a health care system predicated on the principles of recovery. Project Coordinators: Lucy Winer, Director/Producer, Wildlight Productions, Inc., and Nancy Tomes, PhD, Distinguished Professor of History, Stony Brook University.

Creating educational web-based resources: Training effective advocates for choice. This project honors everyone’s potential to be a leader, even those in the back wards of the most restricted psychiatric facilities. It will equip and provide opportunities for mentorship and training by and for people with lived experience of mental health challenges to change the system of care in their communities. Project Coordinator: Sarah Smith, MindFreedom International.

Can micronutrients reduce symptoms of antenatal depression and anxiety? A double blind, randomized placebo controlled trial examining the efficacy of a micronutrient intervention on symptoms of depression and anxiety in pregnant women. Principal investigator: Julia Rucklidge, PhD, Professor and Clinical Psychologist at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.


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  1. I am very happy to see these grant winners! Each of them will have an important part in improving the lives of so many in the future. Congratulations to all!

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