Projects & INITIATIVES
The Self Employment Starts with You (SESY) study used qualitative and survey data to examine self-employment as a strategy to improve career options and financial outcomes for individuals with a psychiatric disability. The goal was to understand the experience of current business owners, and provide useful information to aspiring business owners. The study results inform resources on Reclaiming Employment.
Publications from this study: Self-Employment for People with Psychiatric Disabilities: Advantages and Strategies, The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 2018
PeerRespite.net is a comprehensive online resource dedicated to dissemination and implementation efforts to help communities create effective, sustainable crisis alternatives through independent peer-run programs. Live & Learn created PeerRespite.net to provide public access to information about research, technical assistance, resources, and a program directory. Peer respites are voluntary, short-term, overnight programs that provide community-based, non-clinical crisis support to help people find new understanding and ways to move forward. They operate 24 hours per day in a homelike environment.
Publications from this study: Peer Respites: A Research and Practice Agenda. Psychiatric Services, 2015.
The Psychiatric Medication Discontinuation/Reduction study (PMDR) is the first U.S. survey of a large sample of longer-term users who chose to discontinue psychiatric medications. The study, funded by the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care and led by current and former users of psychiatric medications, sought to understand first-hand experiences and strategies of individuals who decided to discontinue psychiatric medications, and either stopped or reduced the use of these medications.
Publications from this study: Discontinuing Psychiatric Medications: A Survey of Long-Term Users. Psychiatric Services, 2017.