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StigmaBusting Network and Alerts


NAMI Campaign to End Discrimination
June 28, 1999.

Contact Information:

Ms. Stella March

Several letters from NAMI Stigma Busters have been sent to those responsible for more offensive language or portrayals that misrepresent the experiences of those affected by serious mental illnesses.  If we fail to receive adequate responses from these parties, we will be sounding the Stigma Busters alarm shortly after the convention.

Meanwhile, many of you emailed us a few months ago about the soon-to-be-released  record album by former-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell. Originally planned to be titled Schizophrenic, the album, in stores June 15th, has been re-titled Schizophonic.  We asked Halliwell during a recent chat show on AOL why this change was made.  She responded that she felt the term "schizophrenic" might be offensive to some people and so she coined the term "schizophonic."   We will keep you apprised of Halliwell's future media appearances in hopes that we can get other questions and feedback through to her.

In other news, we are also sharing our thoughts with country singer Randy Travis  concerning his single "Stranger in My Mirror," taken from an album he released two years ago.  The song's lyrics refer to a "split personality," the need to be "certified," and the impossibility of recovering.  We are doing our best to educate Travis with the truth about the experiences of those with serious brain disorders.

Also, we want to share with those Stigma Busters who will not be going to this year's convention the following flyer that will be distributed to all attendees.  And, if you do attend the convention, please look for Stella March. 



CONGRATULATIONS!  Thanks to the 2,200 members of Stigma Busters E-mail Alert and their passionate messages to the perpetrators of stigma, many offensive products have been withdrawn, inaccurate portrayals have been corrected, and outdated attitudes have been changed.

To mention a few:

Harriet Carter Gifts, Inc. and Direct Concepts of Boulder, Colorado both withdrew offensive products from their mail order catalogues.  Harriet Carter removed a T-shirt with the message "I don't suffer from insanity-I enjoy every minute of it" and a coffee mug emblazoned with "Don't bother the crazy person." Direct Concepts pulled a T-shirt with the words "I do whatever the voices in my head tell me to do."


Judge Mills Lane, star of the self-titled, nationally syndicated courtroom television program made some offensive, inappropriate, and inaccurate comments to a gentleman recently appearing on his show regarding the use of antidepressant medication.  Judge Lane has learned from a flood of Stigma Busters E-mail Alert letters.  He will read from some of the letters received and offer an apology during a show which has been taped for Fall scheduling.

The San Francisco Music Box and Gift Company has withdrawn the item Wonderfully Wacky Wanda, a musical figurine of a woman in a straight-jacket playing the song "If I Only Had a Brain," from their catalogue and Web site. They have also canceled all orders for the product.

We also salute the many NAMI members who have spoken out against stigma on the state and local level.  Many of you have written letters that have resulted in apologies, corrections of language, and heightened sensitivity.

Join Stigma Busters E-mail Alert!  Our successes only continue to grow. Help to express the anger and personal suffering that stigmatizing language and portrayals cause those with serious mental illnesses and their families. 

New! Receive stigma alerts via e-mail! Click here to learn how you can join NAMI's stigma alert list to receive regular stigma alerts.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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