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There is a virus spreading across the country. It’s stigma. Do you have it?

NAMI launches new campaign, #CureStigma, for Mental Health Month

 

[Arlington, VA] — During the month of May, NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will observe Mental Health Month to raise awareness of mental illness. One in five adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition.

This year, NAMI is launching "CureStigma" a new campaign that builds on the successful #StigmaFree initiative and positions stigma as a “social virus” that is spreading across America. Stigma is a sign or sense of disgrace that sets someone apart from others. Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation and blame that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to moving forward in one’s recovery journey.

“Stigma is dangerous for the millions of Americans affected by mental health conditions. It causes people to feel ashamed for something that is out of their control, prevents them from seeking help, and even takes lives,” said Mary Giliberti, CEO of NAMI. “Although stigma is a virus that anyone can be exposed to, we do have a cure, and that is compassion and understanding. We need to talk openly and raise our voices, so we can put an end to the fear and shame, and cure stigma once and for all.”

The campaign incorporates a new series of nationwide public service announcements (PSA) featuring NAMI Celebrity Ambassadors from film, television, music, and sports including Utkarsh Ambudkar, Andrea Barber, Maurice Bernard, Corinne Foxx, Clark Gregg, Jamie Gray Hyder, AJ Mendez, Sonya Nichols, Mauro Ranallo and Stolar. The PSA encourages viewers to visit curestigma.org, where visitors can take a brief quiz to see if they “are infected” by stigmatizing beliefs. Visitors will also receive information about how to “spread the cure” and will gain free access to a special emoji/sticker pack for their mobile phones.

Key mental health statistics include:

•  1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition.

•  1 in 25 (10 million) adults in the United States lives with a serious mental illness.

•  60 million people in the United States face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental illness.

•  Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75 percent by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.

•  Additional facts and citations are available at Mental Health by the Numbers.

“The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it. So during Mental Health Month, we are asking everyone to join with NAMI to #CureStigma,” said Giliberti.

For additional information about Mental Health Month, to take the CureStigma quiz and to access CureStigma resources, please visit curestigma.org.

 

Lauren Gleason
Director, Public Relations & Media
Marketing & Communications
NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness
3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203
Main: 703-524-7600
Direct: 703-516-7230

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***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** - NAMI Connecticut Statement regarding Abuse at Whiting Forensic Division

[Hartford, CT September 18, 2017] NAMI Connecticut, a statewide mental health organization that offers support, education, and advocacy to people living with mental health conditions, their family members, friends, professionals and the public at large, makes a strong statement, shared below, about the abuse committed at Whiting Forensic Division at CT Valley Hospital, which is still under investigation.  Read More... 

 

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***  -  NAMI Connecticut Recognizes the U.S. House and Senate for Passage of Mental Health Reform in 21st Century Cures Bill. NAMI Connecticut is pleased to announce that the U.S. House and Senate have just passed a significant bill in support of Mental Health Reform, the “21st Century Cures Act” President Obama is expected to sign this important legislation into law TODAY (Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016). Read More...

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***  - State Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Jr., Keynote Speaker at NAMI Connecticut State Conference

(Hartford, Connecticut)  September 14, 2016. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Connecticut (NAMI Connecticut), the state chapter of NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, is pleased to announce that State Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Jr. will be the Keynote Speaker at its upcoming State Conference, to be held Friday, October 14, 2016, at the Army Reserve Center in Middletown, CT.   Read More...

CT Viewpoints - Op-Ed by Kate Mattias

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connecticut and advocates across the country are bringing awareness to mental health. Each year we fight stigma and discrimination, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Connecticut has been seen as a leader in mental health services and initiatives for many years and has been acknowledged as such. Therefore, it is sadly ironic that we are now standing on the precipice of setting ourselves back years from what we have worked so hard to build, by deeply and devastatingly cutting mental health and other human services.  Read More... 

 

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The Hartford Courant

Reporter Megan Merrigan noted NAMI Connecticut's involvement in #GivingTuesday: 'Coming just days after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday aims to shift the focus from buying to sharing during the holidays.'  Click here for full article and video.

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The Examiner & The East Windsor Hamlet Hub

Reporter Renee Canada listed NAMI Connecticut as a participant in the third annual #GivingTuesday event: ' Folks can also hit social media to commemorate the day with an #UNselfie for #GivingTuesday to shine the spotlight on organizations on the receiving end of their generosity.' Click her for full article. 

Kate Mattias Interview & MP3 Audio

NAMI Connecticut Executive Director Kate Mattias interviewed by Mike Clifford of PNS. Published. December 1, 2014.  Cyber Shop Today in CT - Then Try Giving Tuesday.  Please click here for full article and link to mp3 audio. 

Kate Mattias Podcast

NAMI Connecticut Executive Director Kate Mattias, and Mental Health Advocate Stephen Cuddy to appear on the 'For the People' radio show. Public Service Director and veteran Connecticut journalist John Voket produces the award-winning 'For the People,' bringing listeners a broad variety of stories and interviews that have a direct impact on them, their families and their communities. Information on the podcast of the interview with Kate Mattias: This program originally aired Sunday, 11/9, at 6 am on STAR 99.9 FM, 95.9 FM -The FOX, & 102.9 FM -DRC; and at 7 am on 99.1 FM -PLR & on The Talk of CT - WDRC, WSNG, WWCO & WMMW. The NAMI Connecticut segment appears 18 minutes into the show.  After the air date, the show will also be available as a podcast; refer to the FACEBOOK sites of PLR, STAR, DRC & THE FOX radio stations

30th Anniversary Appeal Video

NAMI Connecticut begins it's 30th Anniversary 2014 Annual Appeal  with this video entry to #Storymakers2014, Music by Fay Wolf. Please share this video to spread the word of the FREE support, education & advocacy work that we provide year round for consumers, families and professionals.  You never know who needs help or hope today--you can make a difference!  NAMI Connecticut is fully funded by local fundraising and grant support!  No donation is too small.  Thank you for 30 great years! 

 

Fast Facts:

  • NAMI Connecticut was established in Connecticut in 1984.
  • 2014 is NAMI Connecticut's 30th Anniversary.
  • Currently have 11 affiliates in the state please click here for more information on each.
  • NAMI Connecticut Programming served 6500 in 2014, please visit www.namict.org/education & namict.org/support for more information.
  • #GivingTuesday December 2, 2014 download PDF to #RT or post and share on Social Media here.
  • 2015 NAMI Connecticut Walks:  'Stepping Toward Hope & Wellness' Saturday May 16th, 2015 at Bushnell Park, Hartford Connecticut. Please click here for more information.

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