by Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director
In the best of all worlds, blogs help build community. Last week, our blog discussion was part of broader communication that helped worked through some difficult issues involving the recent NPR controversy.
Following up on my last entry, I want to share (below) the reply of NPR president & CEO Vivian Schiller to NAMI’s letter. We also talked by phone. Ms. Schiller fully understands NAMI’s concerns. She extended a sincere apology. I accepted it on behalf of all NAMI members and others who contacted us.
I also want to note that NPR’s reply is one of the swiftest, most straightforward responses NAMI has ever had to a stigma concern. That’s consistent with the NPR that we have long known to be fair and compassionate in its reporting on mental illness.
October 28, 2010
Michael J. Fitzpatrick
National Alliance on Mental Illness
3803 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203-1701
Dear Mr. Fitzpatrick:
Thank you for your letter dated October 26.1 appreciate you taking the time to share your concerns with me.
I have great compassion and respect for those who live with mental illness,
and tremendous regard for the mental health professionals and organizations
such as NAMl who serve and advocate on their behalf.
I believe that consulting a mental health professional should be as
unremarkable as seeing any other health care professional.
I deeply regret my unintentionally hurtful remark. Please extend my heartfelt
apology to those individuals and families who battle against the undeserved
stigma of mental illness everyday.
Thank you again for sharing your thoughts.
President and CEO