National Alliance on Mental Illness
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Will your coverage include historical perspective, criticism, or policy optionsófrom the point of view of consumers and their families?
Media Advisory Contact: Mary Rappaport 703-312-7886
WHAT: Reaction to the nationís first Surgeon Generalís Report on Mental Health
WHEN: Monday, December 13, 1999 following release of the report
WHO: NAMI Executive Director Laurie Flynn; NAMI state presidents, executive directors and others
WHERE: From NAMIís national office in Arlington, Virginia and in the nationís top media markets. We can help you find the voices you need to provide balanced coverage.
WHY: The Surgeon Generalís report follows the White House Conference on Mental Health of June 7, 1999 and for the first time will establish a "national baseline" on the dimensions of mental illness in America and the crisis in the nationís mental healthcare system. It is expected to address:
At the same time, the Surgeon Generalís Report is not expected to reveal much that mental health advocates, consumers and families donít already know from experience. It will not make policy recommendations. Indeed, it will be a waste of taxpayer dollars unless it becomes a foundation for action.
What matters most is deeds, not words. Are you ready to address the real issues that will flow from the report?
You may be surprised at the answers. For more information, please contact NAMIís Communications Office: Mary Rappaport (703-312-7886) and Bob Carolla (703-516-7963).†