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NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: April 3, 2008
Lunatic Asylum: A Popular Attraction?
Last summer, Joe Jordan, an asbestos demolition contractor, bought the
He has renamed it the "Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum," which was its name in another era. Constructed in 1864 as a psychiatric hospital, it housed more than 2,000 patients at its peak. It was closed in 1994.
The Associated Press (AP) has reported that
StigmaBusters are outraged that the stigmatizing name has been resurrected and that the hospital, where many people once suffered, will be used as the setting for entertainment, featuring violent stereotypes and disparaging language
Please contact Joe Jordan and tell him to change the name and abandon the insensitive, stigmatizing attractions. Include the following points:
Depression Stories Wanted
A national documentary series is looking for individuals willing to share personal stories about living with unipolar depression. Persons selected will be interviewed on camera, helping to distinguish clinical depression from everyday feelings of sadness, and reflecting on treatment and recovery.
If interested, please send NAMI a few paragraphs (400 word limit) about your personal experience. Include name, age, location, and contact information. Basic questions to address include:
NAMI will not share names or contact information with the media without first contacting you for specific consent. We also cannot guarantee selection for an interview, but all responses will be considered. Send stories to
Fight for Parity
Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed legislation to end stigma and discrimination in mental health insurance coverage. But differences still need to be worked out. Send a message to your Members of Congress telling them to enact a parity law now. No more gridlock!
Out of the Inbox
Because of the large number of StigmaBuster emails received each month, not every one can be answered individually, however, we appreciate every message and do evaluate every stigma report, prioritizing them for action. We also appreciate receiving copies of responses. They are important in helping to coordinate strategy and pursue genuine dialogue. You are our eyes and ears! Your help makes a difference! Send reports of stigma to Stella March: firstname.lastname@example.org.