Freedom from Stigma Journal

Expressive Arts Network Freedom JournalNAMI NJ’s Expressive Arts Network Freedom from Stigma Journal celebrates recovery, wellness, hope, advocacy and the will to overcome the stigma encountered by individuals and families affected by mental illness. Its title reflects our determination to encourage all who are affected by mental illness to gain well-deserved respect, understanding and inclusion. Order a copy from NAMI NJ Store.


MetLife Foundation Volunteer Venture Grant Award

MetLife Foundation awarded a grant of $2,500 to NAMI NJ in 2004 in recognition of the accomplishments of Candy Pamerleau, a MetLife employee who volunteered with the organization. Candy Pamerleau was one of 21 employees across the United States selected that year to receive a MetLife Volunteer Service Award. The award honors associates who have made a difference in their communities through volunteer work. Foundation President Sibyl Jacobson said, “MetLife and its employees have a long and active history of service to the community. The 21 employees recognized this year represent the best of this tradition.”

MetLifeFoundationCandy Pamerleau (left), NAMI NJ volunteer and MetLife employee, presents a MetLife Foundation Volunteer Venture Grant Award to Sylvia Axelrod (middle), NAMI NJ Executive Director and Bill Dice, then Board Treasurer and retired MetLife Officer. This grant has helped defray printing expenses for the Freedom from Stigma Journal.




The Pain of Stigma, published by NAMI NJ in 1995, was dedicated
to those who have felt the destructive force of stigma.