The Center for Dignity, Recovery and Empowerment

2015 Tools for Change Conference – Mental Health 3.NOW: Innovative Paths to Achieving Wellness





Friday Nov 6th 7p-9p and Saturday Nov 7th 9a-5p.

The Center for Dignity, Recovery, and Empowerment, a project of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, is proud to present its 3rd Annual Tools for Change Conference, Mental Health 3.Now: Innovative Paths to Achieving Wellness. Tools for Change is the world’s first conference focused on lived experience and culture change around mental health and mental illness. This two-day unique event will unite mental health experts, health technology leaders, providers, consumers, and community advocates in a collaborative and actionable learning environment to advance innovation in mental health and highlight the work and values of diverse leaders across sectors.

Where: Hilton San Francisco, for hotel reservations click here.

Mental Health 3.NOW Event Page




This innovative format of engaging top leader presenters with the audience will utilize latest developments in conducting smarter result-driven events for charting collective impact initiatives ( i.e. brainstorming in a box, return of solution discussions, action mapping, etc.)

The session will launch with an hour of panel presentations outlining innovative solutions and challenges in particular areas of mental health that have the promise to move the needle on mental health. In the second hour, through a facilitated discussion, participants and symposium presenters will identify problems, opportunities, ideal scenarios and action steps that can solve main challenges.


All conference attendees and presenters will come together to chart a road map of exciting collective impact initiative that will change the future of mental health.


ID & INTERSECTIONALITY: This session focuses primarily on innovative, multifaceted approaches to improve access to services, appropriate treatment, and mental wellness across gender, sexuality, culture, and age. Emphasis will be placed on ideas and solutions that work to improve mental health among individuals who identify as a member of one or more of the aforementioned identity subgroups
RECOVERY CONTINUUM: Throughout this session, national and international leaders across suicide prevention, peer support, and lived expertise spotlight creative approaches to solving issues across the recovery and crisis continuum.
SEEING THE UNHEARD: During this session, effective and adaptable solutions that address barriers in accessing mental health services for underrepresented and/or hard-to-reach populations including rural and aging communities will be highlighted.
MONEY & SYSTEMS CHANGE: This session will spotlight new or reframed broad-scale models and ideas that improve mental health at the systemic or wide-reaching community levels that face both consumer and provider.

The mission of the Center for Dignity, Recovery and Empowerment is to advance effective mental health supports grounded in hope and human dignity through development and dissemination of culturally relevant best practices for recovery and the reduction of prejudice associated with mental health conditions.

It seeks to accomplish this goal through two important projects:

Resource Development

The Resource Development Program promotes quality implementation and integration of best practice strategies as identified by the most up-to-date research. It works to advance knowledge of effective stigma and discrimination reduction (SDR) to support a movement towards evidence-based practice.

Promising Practices

The Promising Practices Program highlights activities and programs within culturally/ethnically/racially diverse communities that inherently support the reduction of stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health challenges even though that may not be an identified core element of the program. Promising Practices engages programs by entering into a co-learning process from a perspective of cultural humility, while exploring the interplay between culture and concepts of mental health and stigma.

Similar to the Resource Development Program, the Promising Practices Program identifies and promotes practices that may result, through additional research and evaluation, in identification as Best Practices. Learn more here

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