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NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: July 2, 2008


National Tribute

July marks the first annual observance of Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, recently proclaimed by the U.S. House of Representatives.  Bebe is considered one of the foremost African American novelists of the 20th century, and before her death in 2006, served as national spokesperson for NAMI. She was a founder of NAMI California’s Urban Los Angeles affiliate and an instructor in its Family-to Family education program.

NAMI Schizophrenia Report

Twice as many Americans live with schizophrenia than with HIV/AIDS, but a new NAMI report reveals most Americans are unfamiliar with the disease—contributing to stigma or isolation.

  • Many Americans cannot recognize symptoms or mistakenly believe they include "split" or multiple personalities (64%).
  • 79% want friends to tell them if they have schizophrenia, but only 46% say they would themselves. Even with treatment, 49% would be uncomfortable dating a person with schizophrenia.
  • Among people living with schizophrenia, 49% said doctors take their medical problems less seriously.

Help spread the word:

  • Forward the report’s Website link  to others, including local news media, with a personal message about the need for greater public education.
  • Write letters to editors calling attention to the report’s findings. Use key points from the press release posted on the Web site.

CANVAS: Showtime

The Showtime cable channel will broadcast the movie CANVAS five times from Wednesday, July 2 to Saturday, July 12. Please check the  Showtime schedule. Inspired by a true story, the movie portrays a family’s battle with schizophrenia and is suitable for public and school libraries for public education as well as dramatic entertainment. It is available for purchase on DVD from For permission for public, non-profit, educational screenings, please contact Screen Media Films.

DBSA Convention: September 10-14

The Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) will hold its national convention in Norfolk, Virginia. Speakers will include Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., and journalist Richard M. Cohen. For full program and registration information, please click here.

Out of the Inbox

Because of the large number of StigmaBuster emails received each month, not every one can be answered individually, however, we appreciate every message and do evaluate every stigma report, prioritizing them for action. We also appreciate receiving copies of responses. They are important in helping to coordinate strategy and pursue genuine dialogue. You are our eyes and ears! Your help makes a difference! Send reports of stigma to Stella March:

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