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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Latest Blog Posts for COSMI - Coalition for Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

  • 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...
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