NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: April 7, 2009
San Francisco Treats
Come celebrate NAMI's 30th anniversary at the national convention in San Francisco, July 5-9, 2009. Register now: special hotel and airline rates are available. Many special events, including films and music, will appeal to StigmaBusters. Browse the full convention program to see what interests you the most.
StigmaBusters are learning to share information with family and peers through NAMI's Web site and top social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace. A recent NAMI "new media" story discusses three tools that are especially effective and offers tip on how to use them.
Through Twitter, NAMI has begun sending brief announcements known as "tweets" on topics that may include the latest news headlines, advance notice of television shows on mental illness, or urgent calls to action. Tweets can be sent to an e-mail address or mobile phone. They are fast, free and easy to use, once you try them. Help spread NAMI messages and fight stigma.
Voice Award Deadline Extended
Remember the TV show and movie you liked? It's not too late to praise them.
SAMHSA has extended the deadline to April 30 to nominate them for Voice Awards honoring writers and producers who incorporate dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of people with mental illnesses into film and television productions. If you know of a film or television episode released between October 1, 2007 and March 15, 2009 that deserves an award, please nominate them. Nominations are free, open to anyone, and there is no limit to the number anyone can submit. The Voice Awards also honor consumer leaders. The deadline for those nominations is May 15, 2009.
TV's HOUSE Helps NAMI
Don't forget! The popular television show HOUSE is selling an exclusive "House-ism" T-shirt that proclaims "Normal's Overrated" (one of many lines from the show) to celebrate its 100th episode. It is donating net proceeds to NAMI to support our education, support, and advocacy programs, including StigmaBusters
Out of the Inbox
Because of the large number of StigmaBuster messages received, not every one can 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.