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Free Teleconference on Military Stigma

Support Mental Health Care for Veterans

The ADS Center of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will hold a teleconference on "Mental Health for Military Families" on Tuesday, August 3, at 3 p.m. ET.

Military mental health was a major topic at NAMI's recent national convention.

In an opening speech, U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy declared, "Every day in America, our military veterans are being held behind enemy lines."

A NAMI symposium broadcast live on C-SPAN also addressed stigma as part of a broader discussion.

"We're only going to see great progress when the civilian community starts paying attention," said Tom Tarantino, legislative associate for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

Language: Let's Keep Talking

Let's Keep Talking

There has been a great response to the last alert's notice about SAMHSA's dialogue on words used — or avoided — in the mental health community. Some may be stigmatizing. Other terms may lack clear definition.

If you haven't already, send comments to Please send a copy of your message to SAMHSA to NAMI also to help our own discussions:

NAMI soon will launch its own language listserv to promote broader interactive discussion. Watch for more information in the months ahead.

Americorps Superheroes Stomp Stigma

Superheroes of Stigmabusting

StigmaBusters Mary Flanagan and Liz Reich, Americorps volunteers who work in a peer support center in Oregon, have produced a mini-documentary that portrays StigmaBusters as superheroes.

It's now posted on YouTube and is serious, yet quirky and funny. The film also features clients of the center reaching out especially to "tweens and teens," a key target audience for public education.

They have received local media coverage and honors.

NAMI suspects they'll eventually make even greater contributions to our movement.

If you like the video, please forward the YouTube link to your favorite tweens, teens and others.

Eyes and Ears

Have you seen stigma in the news, entertainment or advertising media? You are our eyes and ears! Send a report to Because of the large number of messages received, they cannot all be answered individually; however, we appreciate every one and review and prioritize them for action. Please also contact the source directly—you have more power than you know! We also appreciate getting copies of responses you receive to evaluate. Your help makes a difference!