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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Massachusetts, the state affiliate of NAMI, launched a statewide campaign called CEOs Against Stigma to end workplace stigma and create healthier, more productive workplaces. We are excited to announce that we recently received $5,000 through this initiative and will use the funds to work with local businesses (that have at least 50 employees) to create and foster a stigma-free workplace!


The mission of CEO’s Against Stigma is to change attitudes within Massachusetts workplaces by securing the commitment of business leaders. By signing onto our campaign, CEO’s will work with NAMI Mass. to increase knowhow relating to employee mental health. Companies that take part in the campaign utilize the information and resources of NAMI Mass – including NAMI’s “In Our Own Voice” program, widely recognized as one of the most effective anti-stigma programs in America.

 The campaign is open to all Massachusetts companies with at least 50 employees. CEOs are asked to sign a pledge that "encourages communication and understanding to foster a stigma-free workplace." It also includes a commitment to bring NAMI's "In Our Own Voice" (IOOV) presentations into the workplace.

Click here to view the list of CEOs who have already signed on to be a CEO Against Stigma, which includes Baystate Medical Center, Behavioral Health Network, the Center for Human Developement, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Greenfield Community College, The Hampden County Sheriff's Department, Northeast Youth and Family Services and Westfield State University.


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If you are the leader of an organization with at least 50 employees and are interested in your staff receiving training on how to create and maintain a stigma - free workplace, please contact The NAMI Western Massachusetts office at 413-786-9139 or

Click Here to view a recent interview from WGBY's Connecting Point program with Cooley Dickinson CEO  Joanne Marqusee and Bernice Drumheller President of NAMI-WM

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NAMI remains committed to providing a safe, secure space to talk about whatever's on your mind. We encourage you to visit NAMI’s discussion groups to find support, share your experiences and learn from others affected by mental health conditions. The new and improved discussion boards are mobile-friendly and let you personalize posts with emojiis, badges and avatars.

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