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On Tuesday November 14, 2006 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM (ET), the ADS Center will present a free teleconference titled “Art Works! Using the Arts to Counter Stigma and Discrimination” To participate, please complete an online registration form at www.stopstigma.samhsa.gov.
Art, including the visual and performing arts, can be a powerful StigmaBuster. Using music, dance, painting, sculpture, poetry, theater, and more, people with mental illnesses demonstrate creativity, insightfulness, and intelligence. The confidence-building and peer support found in arts programs can also support recovery.
On Tuesday, November 14 at 10:00 P.M. (ET), CBS-TV will premiere “3 Lbs.,” a medical drama about two neurosurgeons, one brilliant but arrogant, who have different approaches on how to treat patients. One considers the brain a wire box, with patients only being “the outside.” The other considers the psychological health of patients a priority. “3 lbs” represents the average weight of the human brain. Mental illness has not been mentioned as a theme, but the show should be monitored.
Numerous StigmaBusters have complained about a joke in the October 2006 issue of Reader’s Digest under “Laughter the Best Medicine.” Reprinted from elsewhere, it asked: “How do crazy people go through the forest? They take the psychopath” Not surprisingly, no jokes were included about Parkinson’s Disease or cancer. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out HOTSOUP.COM to contribute to a new national dialogue on a broad range of issues. NAMI is the lead partner in hosting discussions on “Mental Illness and Society.” One of the first questions posed is one that originated with StigmaBusters: “Where does humor end and stigma begin?”
Happy Thanksgiving! NAMI especially gives thanks for your support.
Stella March, National Coordinator
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