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NAMI StigmaBuster Alert Extremely Foolish?

NAMI StigmaBuster Alert

Extremely Foolish?

New Monic Books is an educational publishing company. Its paperback Vocabulary
Cartoons II (2007 edition) is helpful for SAT preparation, as well as people with
learning disabilities. However, one StigmaBuster reports that on page 41, the sample
sentence provided for the word "asinine" is "My sister gave up working in a mental
hospital because she could no longer deal with ASININE behavior."

Asinine means "extremely foolish." It's not an appropriate word to apply to people
who are ill. We don't believe the company intended to offend, but please politely
let them know the impact the sample sentence may have in shaping attitudes of
students and reinforcing stigma.

Please remove the sample sentence in the bookYou probably didn't mean to offend, but
please don't trivialize any medical illness.Please don't stereotype. Don't mock the
behavior of people who are sick through no fault of their own. Contact:


New Monic Books
P.O. Box 511314
Punta Gorda, FL 33951

Source: www.nami.org/stigma

NAMI StigmaBuster Alert

Mental Illness Awareness Week

MIAW is October 4-10th. Help promote public education and elimination of stigma.
NAMI offers MIAW tools for grassroots action. It's not too late to write a letter to
the editor or spread the word to family, friends and colleagues.

Online at http://www.nami.org/miaw

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MIAW Broadcasts

During MIAW, many PBS television stations will broadcast Minds on the Edge: Facing
Mental Illness. Check the program's Web site for local schedules. Help spread the
word! NAMI hopes to use this provocative, informative program to support advocacy
for reform of the mental heath care system.

Web site: http://www.mindsontheedge.org

Fred Friendly Seminars, Inc., which produced Minds has issued a challenge to people
who register as friends on the program's Facebook page. For whoever becomes the
1,000th person to register, they will donate $250 to the non-profit mental health
organization of the person's choice.

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Minds-on-the-Edge/87272837676?ref=ts

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Source: www.nami.org/stigma

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