National Alliance on Mental Illness
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NAMI StigmaBusters: August 25, 2008
Take This Survey!
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is preparing to grade each of the 50 states on public mental health services in 2009 and needs your help. Please take this online survey and forward it to others. It includes a Spanish version.
Anyone age 18 or older who has been diagnosed with a serious mental illness or who has an adult family member with a diagnosed mental illness can take the survey. The survey will remain online until September 30, 2008, and takes about 15 minutes to complete. Responses are anonymous.
Specific survey questions include whether public mental health services in a state are easy to find, convenient, affordable and without waiting lists—as well as whether they are sensitive to cultural backgrounds.
Two of the summer’s blockbuster movies show that insensitivity, if not pure, unadulterated stigmatization, still lives in
Batman: The Dark Knight
Many StigmaBusters have condemned a scene in The Dark Knight in which
Now that initial hoopla around the movie premiere has passed, it’s time to seek a dialogue with Warner Bros. studios and director and screenwriter, Christopher Nolan. Asking him to use their power and talent to bust stigma. In your own words, please make these key points:
Christopher Nolan (please forward)
Stigma is not limited to mental illness. It’s also imposed on people with intellectual disabilities and other conditions.
Tropic Thunder is a satire about
The ARC of the United States has condemned the movie for its “hate speech” and offensive caricatures and called for a national boycott. As a general rule, NAMI does not use boycotts as a tactic— they usually are counterproductive. (In fact, Tropic Thunder has set a record at the box office). However, please send a message to the movie studio and actor Ben Stiller—who should know better—asking them to join the fight against stigma.
Ms. Stacey Snider
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: email@example.com.