Our goal is to make a real difference in the lives of people living with mental illnesses. Finding better treatments will require funding for research from the U.S. government. Our representatives in Washington need to know that we want them to place a higher priority on curing mental illnesses, which affect so many of us. We will take this petition to Washington to draw attention to the issue and begin a serious dialogue about curing mental illnesses.

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We call on the President and Congress of the United States to ensure that mental illnesses get the research attention they deserve. With adequate resources, scientists will be able to find better treatments and maybe even cures for mental illness.

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Who We Are

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We are “brothers” from different generations—Robin Cunningham and Hakon Heimer. We started this petition from our shared desire to see effective, safe treatments for everyone with mental illness. Read more about us.

Better understanding will help us find treatments that are much more effective. The mental illnesses have a burden about equal to the cancers, yet we spend only about a third of what we spend researching cancer on mental illness research. Even AIDS, which has been reduced to a manageable chronic illness thanks to effective treatments, has more funding. If we attacked mental illnesses with the same vigor and resources as AIDS, we can reduce enormous suffering.

Recent Signatures

Nina
PA
United States

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We have become inhumane towards mental illness and this MUST change

Charlotte
VA
United States

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My mission is born out of love for my son and hope for all Americans affected by brain disorders.

Jeannine
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Mike
New Mexico
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I have anxiety and panic attacks

wade
PA
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I am a scientist studying these diseases

corinne
MA
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Hugh
RI
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Mental illness needs the same level of attention as physical forms of illness. Both types cause suffering, and more needs to be done to alleviate the suffering of those associated with mental illness.

Erik
RI
United States

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Not enough people speak up about mental health issues. We've been silent long enough.

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