Call For: MISSOURI STIGMA SPOTTERS
Thank you for considering becoming a STIGMA SPOTTER.¯ With your help, the State Advisory Council (SAC) for the Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services and the Governors Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee (SPAC) will be able to promote and reward positive and informative media content and discourage stigmatizing an inaccurate content. It is an opportunity to educate journalists and marketing professionals on the accepted standards for coverage.
Your task as a STIGMA SPOTTER is to pay attention to media that you would ordinarily see, hear, or read within your community (TV, Radio, and Print, including local newspapers, magazines, bulletins, online content, advertising and school publications) for both inaccurate, stigmatizing content and excellence in portraying the issues surrounding mental illness and suicide. When you come across something that inspires and educates, or something that offends or seems inaccurate, you will then provide information about the video, written material, advertising campaign, or other publicly displayed story or information to the Department of Mental Health.
Your submission will be forwarded to the SAC to consider for recognition at the annual Mental Health Awareness Day event each April or, if the topic is specific to suicide it will be forwarded to the SPAC for a potential award during National Suicide Prevention Week in September. Your efforts around the submission will be acknowledged formally during the events. Information that is stigmatizing or inaccurate will generate a letter that includes information about how the media can be part of the solution in covering these sensitive topics.
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