Unfortunately, it's the time of year when some Halloween "haunted house" attractions are cast as insane asylums. If this is the case in your community, we recommend the following actions:
After only two episodes, Fox TV cancelled the show, Head Cases, about two lawyers living with mental disorders. StigmaBuster reviews were mixed over whether the show's premise represented stigma. The bottom line: it was a weak show. Ironically, the infamous Wonderland, about a psychiatric hospital, which ignited protests in 2000, also was cancelled after only two episodes.
The Web site and advertising for the show, Bridezilla , on the WE: Women's Entertainment cable television network is highly offensive. Since 2002, brides on the reality show have revealed incessant demands and frazzled emotions in the weeks leading up to their weddings.
Unfortunately, the Web site shows a progression of three pictures of a bride in a wedding dress: from "Engaged" to "Enraged" to "About to Be Committed." The final picture shows her wrapped in a straitjacket. Brides on the show, the site declares, go from sweet to certifiable.
Please contact the show and the president of WE's parent company, Rainbow Media, Inc. Send them these messages:
200 Jericho, NY 11753
The latest issue of NAMI's newest electronic newsletter, The NAMI Connection, includes a review of Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk, a consumer who has struggled with depression. It carefully documents Lincoln's history of mental illness and helps strike a blow against stigma. Mention it in talks before public audiences or letters to editors. If you don't already receive The NAMI Connection, you can subscribe at www.nami.org/subscribe.
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