National Alliance on Mental Illness
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Do you want to support a postage stamp for Mental Health awareness?

Here is a model letter that you could copy and send to the Postmaster General if you would like to join in with this advocacy activity.

Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee and
Hon. John E. Potter, Postmaster General
Stamp Development, U S Postal Service
1735 North Lynn Street, Room 5013
Arlington, VA.  22209-6432


Brain Disability Awareness:  SILVER RIBBON

The U. S. Postal Service has issued postage stamps that created public
awareness of the need for research and support for people with HIV (Red Ribbon) and
Breast Cancer (Pink Ribbon), which have been invaluable instruments of public

The President, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Surgeon
General, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, the Director of the
National Institute of Mental Health, the Administrator of SAMHSA, as well as many
members of Congress, public officials across this great land, public figures
and private citizens, all support the issuance of a Silver Ribbon First Class
Brain Disability/Brain Illness Awareness Stamp.

The Silver Ribbon gained national recognition when Ron Howard and his
associates wore Silver Ribbon pins at the 2002 Oscar Academy Awards, winning Oscars
for A Beautiful Mind. 

This letter adds support to the proposed Silver Ribbon stamp, to promote
public awareness for the need for support of people with brain illnesses and brain

The Silver Ribbon symbolizes the elimination of stigma, as well as the HOPE
for recovery.  One out of every five Americans experiences mental illness at
some time.  The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health recently
recommended a national anti-stigma campaign, which the Department of Health &
Human Services has already begun.  The U. S. Postal Services should add its
leadership to this groundswell of support for this effort, by issuing this proposed

This is an idea whose time has come.  Only the U. S. Postal Service can carry
this campaign to the final and positive conclusion, by issuing a Silver
Ribbon stamp.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

(Sign and put all you contact information here.)

Address for Representatives: (List Your Representative By Name), United States House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515.

Address for Senators: (List Your Senator By Name), United States Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510.