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This is NAMI's Multicultural Action Center News Update. Click here for more information, to access the archives and find out how to subscribe.

April 2013

NAMI's official partnership of Lifetime's "Call Me Crazy: A Five Film" features a call to action for individuals and families living with mental illness to help shed light on mental illness and encourage understanding and conversation. The film features its notable cast, including Jennifer Hudson, Octavia Spencer and Ernie Hudson, in a series of five shorts focusing on the characters' experiences with mental illness. Powerful relationships built on hope and triumph raise a new understanding of what happens when a loved one struggles with mental illness.

Click the above banner to learn more and join in with this call to action and be sure to watch the short, powerful call to action video starring "Call Me Crazy" cast members (pictured right). Tune in for the "Call Me Crazy" premiere airing on Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m. ET /7 p.m. CT.


Series on mental health in black community seeks to remove stigma (The Denver Post, 3/29/13, by Colleen O'Connor)

Initiative ends silence about Asian American mental health (University of Illinois at Chicago News Center, 4/2/13, by Christy Levy)

'Harvard Speaks Up' About Mental Health (The Harvard Crimson, 4/8/13, by Quinn D. Hatoff) 


   APIAHF Open Enrollment Gagnam Style Parody video screen shot--link to video
  • It's time to tell your story: NAMI's You Are Not Alone campaign continues to promote healing through story sharing with continued contributions from individuals across the country. Your story, video or picture submission can make the difference to someone that shows they are not alone!
    • Yashi Brown is joined by her mother, Rebbie Jackson, and sister Stacee in their video contribution to NAMI's You Are Not Alone campaign (pictured and linked, middle right).
 Rebbie Jackson, Yashi and Stacee Brown You Are Not Alone video screen shot--link to video
   Stephen Puibello video screen shot--link to video




  • Matters of the Mind: Addressing Mental Trauma in Muslim Communities webinar, April 22, 2013 at 2 p.m. ET.  The HHS Partnership Center is sponsoring this webinar designed to help health professionals, chaplains, and imams be better informed in triaging Muslims suffering from trauma. Image
  • History and Highlights Webinar: Learn about National Minority Mental Health Awareness MonthWednesday, April 24, 2013 at 1 p.m. ET

    In this kickoff of the National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2013 webinar prep series, learn about how Bebe Moore Campbell, loving mother, NAMI member and respected author, inspired this special month to increase public awareness of mental health among minority communities and increase access to services and support. Now what can you do? The session will provide an overview of available resources to help you plan your own event and celebrate the month.
  • Community Alliance for CLAS webinar series is featuring helpful information and contexts of the National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards. Recordings soon to be provided on webinars that have already taken place. Coming up: Best Practices in Serving LGBTQ Individuals and Families on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 1 p.m. PST. Click here for more information and registration links for all upcoming webinars of this series.  
  • Diverse community interest sessions of the NAMI 2013 Convention are now featured in programming information. Check it out and use conference registration code MAC0413 (that’s the number zero in the middle) to show us your support of this community-focused programming intent to attend these sessions. Non-members utilizing this code will receive a registration discount at member rates.

    NAMI Convention link


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