June 2016

STAR Center in Action- June 2016

We are thrilled to offer the June issue of the STAR Center e-newsletter! The STAR Center was in New Mexico this month! I was honored and privileged to witness the 2016 Summer Gathering of the Peers of the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico’s Statewide Peer Network, led and facilitated by Larry Lee, Wendy Linebrook-Allison, Beaver Northcloud, Gilberto Romero, Jeff Silago, Shela Silverman and Fidel Talache.   


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Chris Salinas- STAR of the Month

The STAR Center will feature young people every month from across the country who are making a difference in their communities and demonstrating extraordinary leadership that you need to know about! Help us make sure young people in your community are recognized and valued by nominating someone today!

This month the STAR Center recognizes Chris Salinas from Aberdeen, WA. Check out his story and watch his video!

Psychiatric Medication Discontinuation/Reduction Study (PMDR)

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The goal of this project is to understand the process of coming off psychiatric medications.   What helps or prevents people from stopping their psychiatric medications?

Sometimes people who take psychiatric medications choose to stop taking it. When people choose to come off medications, they may struggle to find the information or support they need. Providers who want to help often lack evidence to guide people. Your responses to this survey will help better support people coming off psychiatric medications. We will share the results in public reports and presentations, as well as academic journals.


Who can participate?

Adults ages 18+ in the United States who meet the following criteria:

  • Labeled with a psychiatric diagnosis, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder, psychosis NOS, bipolar disorder I, bipolar disorder II, bipolar disorder NOS, major depressive disorder. 

  • In the last five years, took prescribed psychiatric medications for at least nine months before trying to come off them.

  • Had a goal to completely stop taking one or two medications in the past five years.


If you would like to participate:
Take the Survey Now!