NAMI StigmaBuster Alert

NAMI StigmaBuster Alert NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: December 12, 2007 – Fighting Stigma in the Military
The federal Resource Center to Address Discrimination & Stigma Associated With
Mental Illness (ADS Center) will sponsor a free teleconference training on Reducing
Stigma for American Soldiers
on Thursday, December 20, 2007 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.(ET).

Register online at:
( before
Tuesday, December 18 at 5:00 p.m.

NAMI recently called on the Army to end stigma and discrimination, protesting the
Army’s prosecution
of 1st Lt. Elizabeth Whiteside for the “crime” of mental illness. An Army hearing
officer has since re commended against a court-martial, but a final decision is
pending. The Army also does not pay for the lodging of family members of soldiers
being treated for mental illnesses in Army hospitals, to support recovery, even
though it is provided to families of soldiers with physical wounds.

Read NAMI’s letter
and please send a Christmas card to the Secretary of the Army, asking for immediate
steps to provide education on mental illnesses at all command levels and to stop
discrimination against families of soldiers being treated for mental illnesses.

The Honorable Pete Geren
Secretary of the Army
101 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310-0101

Hope on the Hallmark Channel, December 30

Approximately 50 percent of individuals with severe mental illnesses are affected by
alcohol and substance abuse. On Sunday, December 30 at 7 a.m. ET and PT (6 a.m. CT),
Finding Hope in Recovery: Families Living with Addiction
( will air on the Hallmark Channel. Produced
by Mennonite Media, the documentary is part of the Faith & Values series that
examines issues involving stigma in society. An earlier production was Shadow
Voices: Finding Hope in Mental Illness.

Voice Awards: Nomination Deadlines

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is asking for
nominations for the 2008 Voice Awards, honoring television and film writers and
producers who incorporate dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of people
with mental illnesses—as well as mental health consumer leaders for their
contributions in reducing stigma.

If you know of a deserving film or television show released betweenJanuary 1, 2006,
and September 30, 2007 please nominate.Entertainment industry nominations are due
Friday, January 4, 2008.

If you know of a consumer who has helped lead grassroots efforts to reduce stigma,
please also nominate!Consumer nominations are due Friday, January 18, 2008.

Nominate at Nominations are free, open to anyone, and
there is no limit to the number an individual can submit. Consideration will be
given especially to nominees who have focused on special populations, such as
racially and ethnically diverse groups and young adults ages 18 to 24.

Happy Holidays!

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