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The Pledge

What it means to become a 

Stop from the TOP leader

  1. Personal Leadership – Educate yourself and other top executives in understanding mental illness and best practices in the workplace. Start by sending a memo to all employees stressing the importance of stamping out stigma.  I will act as an Ambassador for Stop from the TOP by seeking to enlist fellow CEOs whom I believe share my commitment to a stigma- free workplace.
  1. 2. In Our Own Voice – Bring NAMI’s “In Our Own Voice” (lOOV) presentations into the workplace to further understanding and empathy about mental illness. IOOV has been documented as one of the most effective anti-stigma programs in America.*
  1. Stigma-Free Workplace – Work with NAMI to promote productivity by encouraging open dialogue among employees about mental illness. Start by distributing and posting NAMI Nevada materials for employees and managers.
  1. Helpful Health Benefits – Examine employee health and welfare benefits to ensure availability of effective benefits for mental illness and addiction.
  1. EAP – Strongly consider an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and if you have one, make sure it is welcoming to all with mental health issues and effective in providing assistance to them.
  1. Public Awareness – Participate with NAMI Nevada, through linked websites and media awareness, in educating the public about how to move beyond stigma.


*Patrick W. Corrigan, Jenessa R. Shapiro, “Measuring the impact of programs that challenge the public stigma of mental illness” Clinical Psychology Review 30 (2010) 907-922; Patrick W. Corrigan et al. “Changing stigmatizing perceptions and recollections about mental illness: the effects of  NAMl’s “In Our Own Voice” Community Mental Health Journal, 46(2010), 517-522.






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