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NAMI StigmaBuster Alert February 2010

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NAMI StigmaBuster Alert
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Voices for Change

Make sure to read the latest edition of NAMI's Advocate e-newsletter
(http://www.nami.org/AMTemplate.cfm?Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=89806)
, which has two major stories on the fight against stigma.

The annual "Voice Awards" honor both Hollywood heroes and individuals living with
mental illness who are speaking out for change. One of this year's honorees is Emmy
award-winning actress Glenn Close who last month launched the BringChange2Mind
campaign (http://www.bringchange2mind.org/) to fight stigma-through public service
announcements (PSAs) that are now being shown to millions on television networks.
Find out also about what Close really thinks about the role she played in the movie
Fatal Attraction 20 years ago, which continues to be controversial.
Shuddering About Shutter Island?

Stigmabusters are on alert over two movies being released in February 2010, which
are already being previewed in theaters and on the Internet.
One is a horror flick, The Crazies (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0455407/) , a remake
of a failed cult classic.
The other movie, Shutter Island (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1130884/) , is a
serious one with an all-star cast...

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NAMI StigmaBuster Alert
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Online: www.nami.org/stigma


Voices for Change

Make sure to read the latest edition of NAMI's Advocate e-newsletter
(http://www.nami.org/AMTemplate.cfm?Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=89806)
, which has two major stories on the fight against stigma.

The annual "Voice Awards" honor both Hollywood heroes and individuals living with
mental illness who are speaking out for change. One of this year's honorees is Emmy
award-winning actress Glenn Close who last month launched the BringChange2Mind
campaign (http://www.bringchange2mind.org/) to fight stigma-through public service
announcements (PSAs) that are now being shown to millions on television networks.

Find out also about what Close really thinks about the role she played in the movie
Fatal Attraction 20 years ago, which continues to be controversial.
Shuddering About Shutter Island?

Stigmabusters are on alert over two movies being released in February 2010, which
are already being previewed in theaters and on the Internet.

One is a horror flick, The Crazies (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0455407/) , a remake
of a failed cult classic from the 1960s about people in a town going violently
"insane" because of U.S. Army biological weapon experiments. It's the type of film
that is best ignored, rather than protested, so as not to help it sell tickets.
Let's hope it flops again and sinks out of sight after a couple weeks. Do you agree?

The other movie, Shutter Island (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1130884/) , is a
serious one with an all-star cast that includes Leonardo DeCaprio and Ben Kingsley.
It is based on the mystery novel
(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0688163173/namiorg-20/) by Dennis Lehane,
whose previous novels, Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone became hit movies.

Lehane's novels and the subsequent films are noted for surprise, twist endings.
Things are not always as they seem-which may be the case relative to the movie
previews. The story is set in the 1950s in a "mental hospital for the criminally
insane." To some degree, the institution may be accurate for the era. If the movie
stays close to the book, some patients are portrayed sympathetically (Think Andrea
Yates). One of the book's themes involves the "crossroads" and conflicts of the
period between surgical psychiatry, like lobotomies, the emergence of psychotropic
medications and psychotherapy, to unravel delusions and resolve "internal emotional
conflicts."

Even with serious themes, the film's popular impact may only reinforce violent
stereotypes. On the other hand, it might turn out to be a provocative, but overall
positive vehicle for public education.



Keep in mind that the film will be released around the same time state legislatures
are expected to be slashing mental health services because of budget crises, taking
us backwards, rather than forward. From 2010 to 1950?
Free Teleconference: December 17

SAMHSA's ADS Center (http://www.promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/) is offering a free
teleconference, "The History of the Mental Health Consumer Movement" on Thursday,
Dec. 17, 2009 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Click here
(http://www.promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/teleconferences/registration/Default.aspx)
to register. Registration will close a week beforehand on Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. (Eastern
Time).

What is the mental health consumer movement? Coinciding with the emergence of other
civil rights movements, it arose from the need to advocate for changes in the way
society viewed and treated people with mental illness. The teleconference will help
consumers and others understand the origins of the movement challenges consumers
have encountered and overcome, and the societal advances gained through effective
advocacy. Looking toward 2010, it is need urgently needed now as much as before.
Out of the Inbox

Online: www.nami.org/stigma

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