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Ms. Stella March
NAMI StigmaBusters, with its dedicated advocates across the country and around the world, are successfully fighting the pervasive and hurtful stigma that exists toward persons with mental illness -and- also commending print media, TV and films that send accurate messages to the public.
NAMI StigmaBusters now number 8,500. Numbers do count, so let your voice be heard.
My Sister's Keeper
We commend CBS, the Hallmark Hall of Fame, and the producers and cast of My Sister's Keeper, which aired on January 27, 2002. The movie is based on a true story about a woman's (Kathy Bates) quest to live as normally and independently as possible, despite her mental illness (schizo-affective disorder). You can order videos through www.hallmark.com or 1-800-HALLMARKfor $14.95 plus shipping and handling.
NAMI also appreciates their display of the NAMI HelpLine number: 1-800-950-NAMI at the end of the program.
Please send letters of appreciation to: Les Moonves, President CBS
524 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Cc: Brent Shields, ProducerWe also commend PBS for The Secret Life of the Brain series. This educational program provides information to the public, which can help their understanding of mental illness as a disorder of the brain.
Please send your message of appreciation to its producer, David Hirmes at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SITUATION: The Fox Cable News Network ran an entertainment segment repeatedly on February 21, 2002, (from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.) by reporter Adam Housley, about actors nominated for Academy Awards who portray "bad role models" in their movies. He said this year's nominees read like a 10 most wanted list, with John Nash's character (played by Best Actor nominee Russell Crowe) as "crazy." Other characters on the list were a prostitute and a murderer.MESSAGE POINTS:
Address: John Rockwell, Arts and Leisure Editor NY Times
229 W. 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036-3959
Cc: Will Shortz, Crossword puzzle Editor
Cc: Joseph Lolyveld, Executive Editor
SITUATION: The following item by Scott Alexander was found on www.strangesite.com: "For Sale By Mental Patient
Some say you're crazy to buy stuff online -- others claim you're crazy not to. Since you end up nuts either way, why not shop somewhere appropriate? For Sale By Mental Patient is the cozy little corner of the Net run by Mr. Mental Patient himself, and offering such wares as last night's medication, Mr. Happy (do not be misled by his constant crying), a knuckle sandwich, and Irving Tungsten: Inventor of Public Washroom Lighting."
StrangeSite.com's publisher, Ziff Davis Media, is located in New York City. Their web site is currently under construction.
ACTION: Please send a message telling Ziff Davis Media that humor such as "Crazie Eddie's Mr. Mental Patient" should not be repeated on their site.
Email your message to: email@example.com.
Bill O'Reilly, host and producer of The O'Reilly Factor (1/05/02) stated his belief concerning people who are homeless "such as alcoholics and the mentally ill; that it is THEIR fault." He claimed research shows that even when the homeless are offered assistance they seem to "prefer" to be homeless. He conceded that many shelters are dangerous and therefore rejected by the homeless. However, he said assistance should be offered, and if refused, they should be incarcerated. He said he did not want his children exposed to people acting bizarrely in his neighborhood after he worked hard to buy a nice home for them.
Incident #2: On "The Spin Zone," which aired on FOX News at 11 PM EST on February 14, 2002, Bill O'Reilly "ranted" about people with mental illness who use "the mental illness excuse" to avoid being convicted of crimes.
Incident #3 On The O'Reilly Factor, Mr. O'Reilly has ridiculed mental illness when discussing the tragedy in the Andrea Yates case.
Please help educate Bill O'Reilly about the following points:
As always, with our volume of mail, we cannot respond to each individual message, however:
Stella March, Coordinator
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