NAMI's top priority for 2010 is to save state mental health services from massive state budget cuts.
Mental illness does not discriminate. It can strike anyone at any time and affects Democrats and Republicans alike. But with so many issues competing for decreasing state funds during a period of economic crisis, your voices are needed to speak out for thousands of individuals living with mental illness.
Too many times, mental illness is overlooked, marginalized, trivialized or stigmatized.
Without state and local mental health services, too many people living with mental illness end up in emergency rooms, hospitalized, in shelters, on the street or in jail.
State budget proposals are being drawn up now.
NAMI's StigmaBusters made some strong steps forward this past year.
Thank you for your support this past year. Best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season and the New Year.
We look forward to further progress in 2010.
Your support will continue to help make a difference in the new year.
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.
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