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Fight Stigma: Become A StigmaBuster!

What is NAMI StigmaBusters?

NAMI StigmaBusters is a network of dedicated advocates across the country and around the world who seek to fight inaccurate and hurtful representations of mental illness.

Whether these images are found in TV, film, print, or other media, StigmaBusters speak out and challenge stereotypes. They seek to educate society about the reality of mental illness and the courageous struggles faced by consumers and families every day. StigmaBusters' goal is to break down the barriers of ignorance, prejudice, or unfair discrimination by promoting education, understanding, and respect.

Each month, close to 20,000 advocates receive a NAMI StigmaBusters Alert, and it is read by countless others around the world online. Send it to your own personal and professional networks.

Numbers do count, so let your voice be heard.

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Learn More About Fighting Stigma

Access More Anti-Stigma Resources

  • Discover In Our Own Voice, a powerful anti-stigma tool to change hearts, minds, and attitudes about mental illness
  • Visit The ADS Center, the Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma established by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Learn about the Campaign for Mental Health Recovery sponsored by SAMHSA and the U.S. Ad Council

Current StigmaBuster Alert

Read the most recent StigmaBuster alert below, browse the StigmaBuster Alerts Archive, or subscribe to have StigmaBuster alerts e-mailed to you.

January 27, 2011

Arizona Tragedy

Words can’t begin to express the sorrow that Americans have felt over the recent tragedy in Arizona, where six people died and U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords and 13 others were injured.

Unfortunately, words used by news media and  others--“psycho” and “lunatic” to name only two--reinforced the stigma too often associated with mental illness. When speaking about the many issues that flowed from tragedy, NAMI declared, “Let’s have a civil discussion. Let’s abandon the stereotypes and the stigmas that distort the nature of mental illness.” NAMI's voice on the tragedy is reviewed in the latest issue of its online newsletter, the e-Advocate.

Identity Survey: People Living with Mental Illness

Identity and Recovery Survey

For better or worse, people’s self images may be influenced by media, including the news media, movies and advertising. As part of an article about identity and recovery in the current issue of the e-Advocate, NAMI is conducting a special survey of individuals living with mental illness.

If you live with a diagnosed mental illness, we invite you to take the survey. Please also forward this item to others whom you think may be interested. The survey closes Feb. 15.

SAMHSA ADS Center Teleconference: Feb. 24

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) ADS Center for anti-stigma resources will hold a teleconference on Feb. 24 from 3- 4:30 p.m. EST on Housing, Homelessness and Social Inclusion: Essential Elements of Healthy Communities.” Presentations will include a discussion of recent court rulings under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Register on the ADS Center website.

Movie News: Jodie Foster and Halle Berry


The next issue of the Advocate, NAMI’s print magazine, will be arriving in the mail soon.  It will feature an exclusive interview with actress Jodie Foster about her upcoming movie, The Beaver, which she also directed. The movie deals with major depression and is a moving story about a family striving for recovery. Look for its premiere in select theaters on March 23. (Please note: only actual NAMI members receive the print magazine.)

Actress Halle Berry, who has lived with depression, stars in Frankie and Alice, premiering nationally in February. Based on a true story, the film portrays a woman living with dissociative disorder. NAMI has not had an opportunity to view the film in advance. We await comments from those who see it in theaters.

Eyes and Ears

Have you seen stigma in the news, entertainment or advertising media? You are our eyes and ears! Send a report to Because of the large number of messages received, they cannot all be answered individually; however, we appreciate every one and review and prioritize them for action. Please also contact the source directly. You have more power than you know! We appreciate getting copies of any responses you receive. Your help does make a difference.

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