"Mass media is, far and away, the public's primary source of information about mental illness." Survey of public attitudes (1990), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


to the
National Stigma Clearinghouse
245 Eighth Ave #213
New York, NY 10011

Website: http://www.stigmanet.net/
E-mail: jeanarnold@stigmanet.org


(changed from Anti-Stigma Home Page, November, 2013)


The National Stigma Clearinghouse was launched in 1992 by mental health advocates Jean Arnold and Nora Weinerth.  In late 1989, Jean, then the Public Awareness Chair for AMI-NYS,  had created the clearinghouse as a statewide anti-stigma experiment in New York. The aim was to gather, document, and respond to negative stereotypes of mental illnesses and to provide concerned activists with information about fighting prejudice. It was an idea waiting to happen. Within months, out-of-state requests for participation, spurred by a brief description in the May 1990 issue of
Community Support Network News (Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation), led Jean and Nora to open a small free office in Manhattan. This became the National Stigma Clearinghouse headquarters.

For the Record... September 16, 2013
Some first-page Google listings for the National Stigma Clearinghouse carry misinformation  
that needs to be set straight  One example: the National Stigma Clearinghouse is

NOT a tax exempt organization under IRS Code 501 (c) (3).  We once had this 
exemption (year 2000) but it was never used.  That is, no donations were received.  
Under the then-current IRS rules, organizations like ours with less than $25,000 in 
assets did not file any annual forms.  In 2011, I discovered that the IRS rule had 
changed and our tax-exempt status had been automatically revoked.  But since the
exemption was not useful to us, I made no attempt to reinstate it.  Errors in Google
listings, many commercially sponsored,
defy cleanup attempts.        (Jean Arnold)

From 1990 until the Fall of 1996, the Clearinghouse issued 64 monthly reports containing 640 items submitted by media watchers nationwide. The reports also contained articles, letters, and other items of interest to the national stigmabusters' network. The media's responses were outstanding, as shown in itemized recaps published by the Clearinghouse. More recently, examples of prejudice have been collected and circulated by larger-staffed organizations using E-mail.

The Clearinghouse's focus on inaccurate images in news, advertising, and the entertainment media broadened in the mid-1990s to include a clippings and articles file on prejudice and related topics. It furnished this information on request to psychiatric survivors, mental health organizations, the media, educators, students, lawyers, researchers, families, and professionals in the mental health field.  But by 1999, major changes such as the loss of free office space and poor fundraising skills meant that we could no longer accept and circulate items gathered by our network of Clearinghouse participants..

The lack of office facilities led to the creation of a website in July 1999 to link activists to articles of interest and to highlight anti-stigma work done by a growing number of individuals and organizations in the U. S. and throughout the world.
E-mail: jeanarnold@stigmanet.org
Website: http://www.stigmanet.org