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Friday, January 15, 2010

NAMI StigmaBuster Alert: January 15, 2010


URGENT! Vote Now!


Your help is urgently needed. The American Federation for Suicide Prevention has a chance to be awarded $1 million in the "Chase Community Giving" program being conducted on Facebook.

Between Friday, Jan. 15 and Friday, Jan. 22, Facebook. users can vote for up to five non-profit organizations among 100 that were nominated in an earlier round. If AFSP receives the top award, it will expand a pilot depression awareness and suicide prevention program to college campuses nationwide.

You must be a Facebook user to participate.

  • Click here to go to its Web site and follow instructions on how to vote.
  • Tell as many family and friends as possible through "social networking" means such as Facebook and Twitter or by simply forwarding this notice to them by e-mail
  • Ask them to vote and also help spread the word to as many people as possible by Friday, Jan 22nd.
  • The need is great. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among college age youth. Time is of the essence.

Stop the Cuts!

Stop the Cuts

NAMI's top priority for 2010 is to save state mental health services from massive state budget cuts. Too many times, mental illness is overlooked, marginalized, trivialized or stigmatized by policymakers.

Watch NAMI advocates in action in Maine.

The New York Times has reported on Oklahoma's $16 million cut.

In Chicago, a mental health agency has scrambled for a $350,000 grant to replace a cruel cut of $2.3 million.

Help NAMI track what's happening. If you see a news story about mental health budgets cut in your state, please send its Web site link to Please also tell us about any personal experiences you or family are having as a result of state budget cuts.

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