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NAMI CAMPAIGN STIGMA BUSTERS EMAIL ALERT Update
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Ms. Stella March
NAMI StigmaBusters, with its dedicated advocates across the country, 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 7,500. Numbers do count, so let your voice be heard.
LATE BREAKING NEWS:
NAMI Executive Director Dr. Richard C. Birkel participated in the first International Conference on Reducing Stigma held in Leipzig, Germany on September 2nd and 3rd, 2001.
Dr. Birkel was on a panel for, "Fighting Stigma: the View of Stigmatized: Families," and chaired "Free Communication" and "Families and Stigma."
We will have a report from Dr. Birkel in our next Alert.
AND ... Here is the NAMI Press Release: NAMI Warns Sony and Mattel: Internation Reputations are at Risk
ACTION ALERT FOR STIGMABUSTERS:
Please send your own reaction to:
Send your messages to:
Bob Higgins, Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs
Sony Films Family Entertainment
9050 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Jeff Kline, Producer,
Max Steel TV Series
Culver City, CA 90232
FOR MATTELRobert A. Eckert, Chairman of the Board and CEO
Matt Bousquette, President Boys Entertainment
333 Continental Blvd.
El Segundo, CA 90245
"We are writing again to provide you with an update on our recent copier commercials. As previously stated, the intent of the commercials was not to offend any group or individual. In an effort to illustrate the benefits of the remote access capabilities of our new copier products we chose to illustrate through exaggeration the plight of someone who had spent too much time in front of a copier.
Since our prior correspondence to you, we completed our review of the commercials and decided to terminate running these spots. We thought that you might want to be aware of this decision."
Signed by Rick Taylor, Senior VP and General Manager Sales, Marketing and Business Operations.
We thank the StigmaBusters who submitted the August advertisements by various Department stores, which featured t-shirts emblazoned with messages that reinforce stigma. We are contacting the CEO's of each Department Store and will let you know whether they respond. The stores include:
Letters to the Editor by NAMI StigmaBuster participants have been printed not only in the largest newspapers in the U.S. (i.e., NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post) but also in Canada's largest paper, the Toronto Star.
We suggest that you write a thank you letter to the Editors when they publish supportive editorials, or feature accurate articles about mental illness.
A REMINDER: OCTOBER 7th - 13th is Mental Illness Awareness Week - which provides a good opportunity for you to write your local newspaper editors about pervasive stigma, and also to inform them that individuals with a mental disorder, who are in treatment and struggling to recover, need understanding, compassion and support from the community. Check out our MIAW Web site for complete information and materials.
NAMI StigmaBusters are growing in numbers. We are reaching the media, and the public and are teaching them that STIGMA MUST BE ELIMINATED!
Stella March, Coordinator
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We look forward to hearing from you!