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NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: June 11, 2009
People All-stars: Vote for Matt
Help fight stigma and raise public awareness of the mental health needs of veterans-- in People magazine! NAMI leader Matt Kuntz, who is featured in the latest NAMI Advocate cover story, has been nominated to be one of People magazine's "All-stars Among Us." Earlier this year, he was selected to ride President Obama's inaugural train as an "ordinary American" who has done "extraordinary things."
Please visit the People All-star Web site. Nominees are grouped under the names of major league baseball teams. The top vote-getter for each team will be honored at the MLB All-star Game in July. The person with the most votes overall will be featured in People magazine.
To cast your ballot: 1) select the Pittsburgh Pirates emblem and 2) vote for Matt. It's that easy.
Help spread the word! Balloting ends June 24. Each person can vote up to 25 times. Why Pittsburgh? Because a NAMI SW Pennsylvania member made the nomination!
Mental: Tell Us More; June 16
On the upcoming episode of Mental on Tuesday, June 16, an eight-year-old boy is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and stigma hides a family secret. NAMI is continuing to monitor the show and would especially like comments on this episode.
Thus far, StigmaBusters are giving the show both thumbs up and thumbs down. (See below) Past episodes can be seen on the show's Web site.
Free Teleconference: Registration Deadline
The SAMHSA ADS Center is offering a free teleconference on "Suicide Prevention and the Role of the Social Determinants of Health" on June 25 at 2:00 p.m. (ET).
Please register by Friday June 19. Social determinants include poverty and substandard housing. Economic turmoil like increased unemployment, foreclosures and loss of investments also are major stress factors can that affect suicide risks.
Below are excerpts of some comments received to date about the show. NAMI is interested in receiving more comments after the June 16 episode. Comments can also be sent to Ask FOX (include city and zip code).
Out of the Inbox
Because of the large number of StigmaBuster messages received, they cannot all be answered individually; however, we appreciate every e-mail and do review every stigma report and prioritize 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!
Please send reports of stigma to Stella March.