National Alliance on Mental Illness opposes Halloween costumes, attractions that perpetuate mental health illness stereotypes
Arlington, VA (PRWEB) October 28, 2009 -- As Halloween approaches, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is issuing a Halloween "stigma alert" for costumes and other seasonal attractions that feature inaccurate and offensive stereotypes regarding those with mental health illnesses.
NAMI points out ghosts and goblins are one thing, but when "haunted house" attractions become "insane asylums" featuring "mental patients" as murderous ghouls, it's time for the organization, and public, to protest. U.S. Surgeon General has determined that stigma is a major barrier to people getting help when they need it and NAMI chapters across the country are working to make sure Halloween does not turn into a chance to perpetuate these stereotypes. What to do?
Visit the NAMI Halloween Stigma Alert at: http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Stigma_Alerts_Archive&template=/contentmanagement/contentdisplay.cfm&ContentID=88086&title=NAMI%20StigmaBuster%20Alert%3A%20October%2022%2C%202009 for actions you can take.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a non-partisan organization with 1100 state and local affiliates, dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Dedication, steadfast commitment and unceasing belief in NAMI's mission by grassroots advocates have produced profound changes.
Additional Web Resources:
The National Alliance on Mental Illness: http://www.nami.org/
NAMI StigmaBusters Alerts: http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=Stigma_Alerts_Archive
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