Archive for the ‘Organizations’ Category

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www.comingoutofdark.com launched

May 2, 2010

Hello everyone,

I thought I better post this in case many are still visiting this blog for updates.  Coming Out Of The Dark has moved to its own domain.

http://comingoutofdark.com/

Check it out!

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Get NKM2! The Documentary On DVD!

December 11, 2009

Get NKM2! The Documentary On DVD!
Donate $50 or more, and receive a copy of  the celebrated documentary, NKM2!

Coming Out Of The Dark posted NKM2 info previously with some videos and continues to support Joe Pantoliano’s organization.

Mission

No Kidding, Me Too! is an organization whose purpose is to remove the stigma attached to brain dis-ease through education and the breaking down of societal barriers. Our goal is to empower those with brain dis-ease to admit their illness, seek treatment, and become even greater members of society.

The Goal

Make Brain Dis-ease cool and sexy.  We want a normal conversation in America to be:

“I have bipolar disorder/schizophrenia/insert dis-ease”

“No Kidding, Me Too!”

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Bring Change 2 Mind

November 9, 2009

Change a mind, change a life is the message actress Glenn Close is getting across with her organization Bring Change 2 Mind.  Their mission is to provide people with misconceptions about mental illness quick and easy access to information that combats the stigma and to provide people with mental illness, and those who know them quick and easy access to information and support.

1 in 6 adults and almost 1 in 10 children suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. Yet, for many, the stigma associated with the illness, can be as great a challenge as the disease itself. This is where the misconceptions stop. This is where bias comes to an end. This is where we change lives. Because this is where we Bring Change 2 Mind.

Bring Change 2 Mind’s  Message – Speak Out – What can you do to bring change to mind? If you have a form of mental illness, we encourage you to share your story with others. We recognize that this may be difficult – coming out may lead to social disapproval and even housing and employment discrimination.  The World Health Organization has done research that suggests that nearly half of adults will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetimes. There’s strength in numbers. The more people realize that people affected by mental illness are “just like me,” the easier it will be to live with any form of mental illness.

Watch Your Language – Words are very powerful. When we say someone is ‘crazy’ or ‘that’s totally mental’ we’re only perpetuating stereotypes. There are other phrases and terms that may seem insignificant, but really aren’t. For example it is more sensitive to say that someone “has schizophrenia” than by calling that person a “schizophrenic”. Why? Because having a mental illness does not so fully define someone as to become their complete identity.

So again, it’s best to refrain from using terms like “crazy,” “nuts”, “psycho” and “lunatic”. You get the picture. And while there may be times when it is too challenging or simply not possible to politely correct someone else’s insensitive use of language, you can always try to watch your own.

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No Kidding?! Me. Too!

November 8, 2009

nkmtActor and filmmaker Joe Pantoliano, known for his role as Ralph Cifaretto on the HBO series The Sopranos, is on a mission to stop the stigma that is often associated with any form of mental illness with his new organization No Kidding?! Me Too! and a new documentary of the same name.   The website has a wealth of information, articles, resources and videos. An interesting read is Pantoliano’s message on the Our Story page Join Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NKMToo

Mission: No Kidding, Me Too! is an organization whose purpose is to remove the stigma attached to brain dis-ease through education and the breaking down of societal barriers. Our goal is to empower those with brain dis-ease to admit their illness, seek treatment, and become even greater members of society.


The Goal
: Make Brain Dis-ease cool and sexy.  We want a normal conversation in America to be:

“I have bipolar disorder/schizophrenia/insert dis-ease”

“No Kidding, Me Too!”

Who Has The Stigma: Those suffering from brain dis-eases including anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, pyromania, kleptomania, compulsive gambling, addictions, paranoia, multiple personality disorder, gender identity disorder, Down’s syndrome, psychosomatic disorder, traumatic brain injury (TBI), tic disorders, and others.