National Alliance on Mental Illness
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URGENT! Vote Now!
Your help is urgently needed. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a chance to be awarded $1 million in the "Chase Community Giving" program being conducted on Facebook.
Between Friday, Jan. 15 and Friday, Jan. 22, Facebook. users can vote for up to five non-profit organizations among 100 that were nominated in an earlier round. If AFSP receives the top award, it will expand a pilot depression awareness and suicide prevention program to college campuses nationwide.
You must be a Facebook user to participate.
Stop the Cuts!
NAMI's top priority for 2010 is to save state mental health services from massive state budget cuts. Too many times, mental illness is overlooked, marginalized, trivialized or stigmatized by policymakers.
Watch NAMI advocates in action in Maine.
The New York Times has reported on Oklahoma's $16 million cut.
In Chicago, a mental health agency has scrambled for a $350,000 grant to replace a cruel cut of $2.3 million.
Help NAMI track what's happening. If you see a news story about mental health budgets cut in your state, please send its Web site link to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also tell us about any personal experiences you or family are having as a result of state budget cuts.
Where There's Smoke, There's Stigma
Smoking is hazardous to your health. But the Holt's Cigar Company has gone a step further.
Holt's is an internationally known mail order business. An advertisement (PDF document) on page 3 of its December 2009 "Hotwire" catalogue offers "insane discounts" on Leon Jimenes 300 cigars. It features a Hannibal Lecter mask and calls the sale "so insane it's fit for a straightjacket."
No, it's not insane. It's offensive. Please send a message by e-mail or through contact information below.
Robert Levin, President and CEO
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.