Cure Alliance for Mental Illness, a new national organization that promotes research on mental illness, will hold its launch party Thursday, February 2, 2012, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at PeaceLove Studios, 171 Main St. in the Downtown Pawtucket, RI, and will feature food, drinks, and music donated by local enterprises, as well as a raffle of art and culinary prizes.
Cure Alliance for Mental Illness is the brainchild of Hakon Heimer, a Rhode Island-based science editor, and Robin Cunningham, a retired finance banker living in New Jersey (Learn more in About Us.). Realizing that the existing mental illness organizations have their hands full just trying to protect basic care and services for peoplle with mental illness, they decided to use their experience in science and business to create a new organization that will focus attention on the need for research to find effective treatments.
“Mental disorders are brain disorders, but in terms of research dollars, they are second-class citizens,” said cofounder Cunningham. “Cure Alliance will spread a message that this is not acceptable, particularly by opening an advocacy office in Washington, DC, where we can bring the message directly to policymakers.”
The launch event on February 2 is intended to serve two functions, according to Heimer. “We’re calling it a ‘friendraiser,’ because we want to introduce the organization to people who want to help, while also raising some money for start-up costs.”
The suggested donation is $30 per person, though everyone is welcome, no matter their budget. All donations to Cure Alliance for Mental Illness are 100% tax deductable.