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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6,652 Supporters, 3,348 Needed

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

JEANIE
UTAH
United States

This is important to me because...

MY OLDEST SON IS MENTALLY ILL

Linda
Virginia
United States

This is important to me because...

I have clinical depression and anxiety and just came out of a three year episode. we need to better understand this issue.

MARIBELLE
VA
United States

This is important to me because...

I want to end the stigma to mental illness and help people with mental illness have the best quality of life.

jon
ma
United States

This is important to me because...

we all have felt the effects and have dedicated my life to end it

Cheryl
California
United States

This is important to me because...

It's important because the life expectancy is 20 yeras less for those suffering from mental illness and psychotropic drugs leaad to diabetes and kidney damage.

Marilyn
MARYLAND
United States

This is important to me because...

My son has schizophrenia.

Jennifer
Florida
United States

This is important to me because...

My son has schizoaffective disorder

Megan
New York
United States
Valerie
California
United States

This is important to me because...

My schizophrenic son died. Hope others get to have a life.

Donna
NC
United States

This is important to me because...

I am diagnosed with depression and a panic disorder. I believe mental health is just as important as physical health and that others should be aware that it is an issue rather than something that is "all in our heads."

kathleen
rhode island
United States

This is important to me because...

family member has schizophrenia

Luke
DC
United States

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