CEOs Against Stigma

CEO pledgeCEOs Against Stigma, our new campaign, funded by a grant from the Attorney General, to engage business leaders in combating stigma in the workplace. Mental illness is the leading cause of lost productivity, and because of stigma, the least acknowledged fact of workplace life.

“In Our Own Voice”  (IOOV):

“IOOV” is a free presentation given by two people living with mental illness about their journey with their disorders. The hour-long talk is appropriate for family members, friends, professionals, lay audiences and other people living with mental illness. It includes a videotape, personal testimony, discussion and enriches the audience’s understanding of how people with these serious disorders cope with the reality of their illnesses while recovering and reclaiming productive lives.

IOOV is presented to any type of group: students, law enforcement officials, educators, providers, faith community members, politicians, professionals, inmates, and interested civic groups. All presentations are offered free of charge. Learn more about IOOV on the NAMI Massachusetts website.

“IOOV has been documented as the single most effective anti-stigma program in America.”
– Patrick Corrigan, Professor of Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology and Principal Investigator of the Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research

Click here to read more about CEOs Against Stigma.

For information specifically for Managers, click here, and for Employees, here.

For an overview of the importance of The Pledge and of signing it, and to view, print, save and share it, click here.

NAMI Massachusetts is honored to have the following CEOs Against Stigma on our team. The CEOs of these distinguished companies and organizations have taken the pledge to work tirelessly toward a stigma-free work environment. By signing on to be a CEO Against Stigma, they are setting an example and becoming a leader in their industry, community, and across the Commonwealth – proving that change truly starts at the top.

Press conferenceIf you are interested in the CEOs Against Stigma campaign or have any questions, please direct these inquiries to Laurie Martinelli at or (617) 580-8541.

Watch a NAMI Mass press conference about the origins of the campaign hosted by Ms. Martinelli and featuring speakers from a variety of companies who support CEOs Against Stigma here.