NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness Home | About NAMI | Contact Us | En Espanol  | Donate  
Find
  Advanced Search  
 

Sign In
myNAMI
Communities
Register and Join
Donate
What's New
State & Local NAMIs
Advocate Magazine
NAMI Newsroom
NAMI Store
NAMIWALKS
National Convention
Special Needs Estate Planning
NAMI Travel


Print this page
Graphic Site
Log Out
 | Print this page | 
 | 
Stigma_Alerts_Archive

NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: March 15, 2006

Contact: smarch@nami.org

Crumbs:  Swept Away?

ABC-TV's Crumbs hasn't been seen since the last episode aired on February 7. The network is not saying whether the show has been cancelled or whether new episodes may still pop up later in the season. Stigma, however, had largely been eliminated by the last two episodes. We'll keep monitoring.

Offensive Action Figure

Archie McPhee & Co. in Seattle is the online retailer of an offensive action figure produced by Accoutrements, also in Seattle. The company's toys, gifts, and novelties "made by Magic Pixies" are described as having "a sense of humor that is distinctively our own."

One of the company's latest products is an "Obsessive Compulsive Action Figure" that includes a surgical mask and sanitary towelette. The back of the package includes an "Are You Obsessive-Compulsive?" test that lists criteria such as "You carry a bottle of spray bleach in your briefcase" and "You wash your hands after taking a shower."

For persons who score 10 points on the test, the package recommends they seek help at www.ocfoundation.org, the Web site of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation. The referral was printed without the Foundation's permission. They have protested the action figure, but have received no reply to date.

Let's support them by letting the "Magic Pixies" know how offensive the action figure is.  Please contact both Accoutrements and the Archie McPhee & Co. to reinforce the protest:

  • The US Surgeon General has warned that the trivialization of mental illness perpetuates stigma, contributing to a barrier that discourages people from seeking help when they need it.   On average, eight years pass from the onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and getting treatment.
  • OCD is no joke. It is an illness often compounded by major depression that can lead to suicide. The action figure is not educational. It is flippant and misleading. It violates social responsibility.
  • It is unconscionable to imply that any mental health organization would support or be affiliated with a product of this nature.

 Archie McPhee & Co.    Accoutrements
 P.O. Box 30852  P.O. Box 30811
 Seattle, WA 98113      Seattle, WA 98113
 425/349-3009  (order line)  800/886-2221  (order line)
 425/349-5188   (fax)    425/349-3838  (customer service and sales)
 mcphee@mcphee.com  425/349-5188  (fax)
    info@accoutrements.com

Voice Award Nominations

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking nominations for its second annual Voice Awards. Awards are given in two categories.

Entertainment

The first is for producers and writers in the entertainment industry (film, television, or radio) who have offered respectful depiction of people with mental illnesses, and whose productions were released in 2005. The deadline for nominations in this category is Friday, April 7, 2006. For more detailed information, see the Voice Awards Web site.

Consumers

*The second award category is for consumers who have personally demonstrated that recovery is possible; participated in efforts to reduce discrimination and stigma; and made a positive impact on their community, workplace, or school. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 21, 2006. Nominations can be sent to voiceawards@vancomm.com. See the Voice Awards Web site for more information.

Videos of last year's Voice Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, featuring actors Maurice Benard and Mariette Hartley and others, are online on SAMHSA's ADS Center Web site.  It is best viewed with Windows Media Player.


Stella March, National Coordinator
NAMI StigmaBusters


To receive StigmaBuster Alerts directly in your inbox, visit www.nami.org/subscribe, sign in, and check the box next to StigmaBusters.


 | Print this page | 
 | 

Donate

Support NAMI to help millions of Americans who face mental illness every day.

Donate today

Speak Out

Inspire others with your message of hope. Show others they are not alone.

Share your story

Get Involved

Become an advocate. Register on NAMI.org to keep up with NAMI news and events.

Join NAMI Today
Home  |  myNAMI  |  About NAMI  |  Contact Us  |  Jobs  |  SiteMap

Copyright © 1996 - 2011 NAMI. All Rights Reserved.