Best Books and Movies of 2006
The end of the year typically signals the announcement of many annual "best" and "worst" lists. So in that spirit, we have compiled our second annual "best of" list of some of the best books and movies of 2006.
This year's list includes a novel, a comic strip, a true crime story, a movie starring two Oscar winners, and more. Indeed, 2006 provided an array of positive portrayals of the issues related to mental illness. Read more...
National Anti-Stigma Campaign Launched
On Monday, December 4, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Ad Council launched the National Anti Stigma Campaign, releasing a national survey of public attitudes on stigma and unveiling free multimedia public service announcements (PSAs).
For the first time in history, the authority of the federal government is being put behind a sustained national PSA campaign to reduce stigma and encourage support of people with mental illnesses. It is also the first time that the tremendous leverage of the Ad Council--the folks who created Smokey the Bear--is being made available to the entire mental health community. These PSAs are specifically targeted to 18-25 year olds.
Download the PSAs and other resources at: www.whatadifference.org.
Coping with Schizophrenia: Don't Compare Yourself to Others
NAMI partners with HealthCentral.com to bring you relevant information from their Web site. The following is a blog entry by Robin Cunningham from HeathCentral.com's schizophrenia site.
Individuals with schizophrenia respond differently to various medications available for the treatment of this brain disease. And they may respond differently to the same medications at different points during their illness. No medication works for all patients and at all times, i.e. there is no "silver bullet."
Coping mechanisms are much the same. The coping mechanisms I will share with you in this and future blogs will be those that have had the greatest impact on my quality of life over the long term. Read more...
Depression Is Real
Frustrated and concerned by popular misconceptions that trivialize depression as "just the blues" or dismiss it entirely as an "imaginary disease," seven prominent physician, patient and civic nonprofit organizations have joined together to launch a public education campaign to tell Americans the truth about depression. Read more...
Hotsoup.com Gives Advocates New Place to Dig In
Do you want to spread the word about mental health? Do you like to educate others about mental illness? Do you enjoy spirited debates about hot topics? If so, NAMI has the place for you. Pull up a chair and dig into Hotsoup.com. Read more...
In Memoriam: Thank You, Bebe Moore Campbell
NAMI mourns the passing of Bebe Moore Campbell, the best-selling author who shared great insight and compassion in writing about individuals and families confronting social issues, including mental illness.
She has been considered one of the most important African American novelists of the 20th century for works such as Brothers and Sisters (1994) and What You Owe Me (2001). But she also was more. For NAMI, she truly has been part of the family.
Bebe was trained as a teacher in NAMI’s Family-to-Family education program, as a member of our NAMI Urban Los Angeles affiliate. She attended NAMI conventions and conferences. She was a national spokesperson for us, speaking out against the stigma that often surrounds mental illness, and promoting treatment and family education.
Because of her commitment, NAMI’s name and voice was heard in countless newspaper, radio and television interviews, touching millions of Americans.
In 2003, Bebe received NAMI’s Outstanding Media Award for Literature for the book Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry, written especially for children, about a young girl who learns how to cope with her mother’s bipolar illness. In 2005, her novel 72-Hour Hold focused on an adult daughter and a family’s experience with the onset of mental illness. It helped educate Americans that the struggle often is not just with the illness, but with the healthcare system as well.
Bebe spoke from experience. She spoke from the heart. She spoke for NAMI. We are grateful for all that she shared.