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We are a coalition of people with mental illness, friends, and supporters and our goal is to.. overcome the stigma that often accompanies mental illness.

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  • A New Start
    on Sep 27, 2010
    Thank you for reading COSMI online. I would like to direct you to my new blog at: Happy reading!
  • Get COSMI Stuff!
    on Aug 3, 2010 in Store
    The COSMI store is now open, selling t-shirts and assorted beverage ware.  All proceeds go directly to supporting our organization.  Thank you for supporting COSMI!
  • COSMI is Recruiting Writers!
    on Aug 2, 2010 in Recruiting Writers
    I am happy to announce that COSMI is recruiting writers.  I would like to extend this invitation to people who have a different (or even a similar) perspective on the stigma of mental illness.  I think everyone, including myself, would bene...
  • Mind and BodyThe surgeon general has published an interesting report on mental health that takes into account the roots of stigma in the philosophical separation of mind and body: "Seventeenth-century philosopher Rene Descartes conceptualized the distinction be...
  • A Double Life
    on Jul 29, 2010 in Identity
    A double life is what I live now.  I have a shocking secret, something about me that is foreign to people I meet.   I live one life where I can openly discuss my secret and another life where I cannot even utter it.  I truly feel that...
  • A Social Model of Stigmatization
    on Jul 29, 2010 in Phelan Model Link WIkipedia
    Via Wikipedia, a model of stigma by Bruce Link and Jo Phelan: "1.  Individuals differentiate and label human variations. 2.  Prevailing cultural beliefs tie those labeled to adverse attributes. 3.  Labeled individuals are placed in di...
  • Fancy That
    on Jul 29, 2010 in Example Demeaning Criminality
    An excerpt from Stigma: notes on the management of spoiled identity: "His minor accomplishments, he feels, may be assessed as signs of remarkable and noteworthy capacities in the circumstances.  A professional criminal provides an illustration:...
  • Reader Poll - What would you like to see more of on this site?
    on Jul 27, 2010 in Poll
    In order to gauge the response to this site, I have created a poll asking you, the reader, to give me some feedback on what you would like to see more of.  I have provided some options that I think are relevant and I am eager to see your replies...
  • The Icarus Project
    on Jul 27, 2010 in The Icarus Project
    The Icarus Project, for those unfamiliar, is a resource dedicated to people with mental illness whose slogan is "navigating the space between brilliance and madness."  About their mission: "The Icarus Project envisions a new culture and languag...
  • Coming Out
    on Jul 27, 2010
    It takes inner strength to tell someone that one has a mental illness.  People can at times be uninformed, hold misconceptions, or become judgmental.  I always feel that there must be a "right" time for telling someone this fact, usually a...
  • Action at Work
    on Jul 27, 2010 in Workplace Video ValueOptions
    An excerpt from an article on Mental Illness and the Workplace from ValueOptions: "Sue Walther, executive director of the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania, says a business could have all its employees view a CD on mental-health stigmas, o...
  • Stereotyping and Discrimination Discussion
    on Jul 25, 2010 in Discrimination Stereotyping
    I would like to invite everyone to post their experiences with stereotyping and discrimination based on mental illness and how you handled it.  I think providing an open discussion will inform people of the types of discrimination that are out t...
  • Identitfication or Privacy as a Person with Mental Illness?
    on Jul 25, 2010 in Privacy Identification
    One may wonder why, as the author of this blog on the stigma of mental illness, I have not identified myself publicly.  I did not do this because I still feel that the stigma around mental illness is such that it would harm my reputation and den...
  • The Mayo Clinic take on Stigma
    on Jul 25, 2010
    This is what the Mayo Clinic has to say about stigma: "...It was once a common perception that having a mental illness was due to some kind of personal weakness. We now know that mental health disorders have a biological basis and can be treated...
  • Addressing Identity
    on Jul 25, 2010 in Goals Identity
    When people go through a mental illness the effects on their life can be devastating.  Many are suddenly thrust into a situation where they are experiencing mental and emotional trauma.  They may find themselves living under someone else's...
  • Starting From Scratch
    on Jul 25, 2010 in Recruiting
    For this blog to be successful in spreading awareness, it is important to reach a wider audience.  I invite you to send out a link to the site,, to people you think might be interested.
  • Welcome!
    on Jul 25, 2010 in Goals Welcome
    Hello to everyone reading this first post and welcome to COSMI!  In this post I would like to address the goals of our coalition and I invite feedback to help establish them.  I think that breaking down our larger goal into smaller pieces i...
  • Eliminating Stereotyping
    on Jul 25, 2010 in Goals Stereotyping
    Unfortunately, in our society we need to deal with the stereotyping of people of all types just because they are different.  People are lumped into a category and are labeled with characteristics that may have negative connotations.  Stereo...
  • SAMHSA's Anti-Stigma Manual
    on Jul 25, 2010 in SAMHSA Discrimination Criminality
    SAMHSA's list of facts describes how stigma negatively affects people's lives.  They also give a nice list of how to take action to combat it. One eye-opener: "Do you know that many people would rather tell employers they committed a petty cr...
  • Glenn Close On Stigma
    on Jul 25, 2010 in Silence Glenn Close
    This article goes over some of the important points of stigma such as families being silent on mental illness or people feeling embarrassed if a relative has a mental illness.  It also talks about the portrayal of mental illness in the media.