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More Research? … Why?

Cure Alliance for Mental Illness is a new organization, still looking for supporters, collaborators, and friends. Recently we had a dialogue with prominent Hollywood mental illness advocate Joe Pantoliano (founder of No Kidding? Me Too!) about our call for more research. He said: “I would rather see new money go to treatment for the suffering. Research has already proven that mental ‘dis-ease’ is 50% genetic, the rest being the result of our environment. What I want to see happen is this. Our brain must have the same insurance coverage as our other vital organs. We are not alone. Mental unrest is here to stay. What is available right now is recovery, peace of mind, coping skills.” This is an understandable response—right now, people with mental illness do not have access to the full range of support and treatment to aid in their recovery. We agree that more money must go […]

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The American Brain Coalition

Cure Alliance for Mental Illness has just become a member of the American Brain Coalition. The ABC is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance the understanding of the functions of the brain, and to reduce the burden of brain disorders through public advocacy. The goals of the ABC are very similar to Cure Alliance’s goals, with a broader general focus on the brain. The coalition advocates for: Research funding and progress towards a cure Building a healthcare system more responsive to people with both acute and chronic brain disorders Advancing public understanding about the cause, impact, and consequences of neurologic and psychiatric illness in our society through lobbying and advocacy efforts ABC members are patient/consumer advocacy organizations, physician and researcher organizations, and related organizations that focus on neurological and brain disorders—from Parkinson’s to migraines to all the mental illnesses. Cure Alliance is one of several members with a mental […]

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Kennedy’s Message on Mental Illness: 50 Years Later

“We must act to bestow the full benefits of our society on those who suffer from mental disabilities.” John F. Kennedy, 1963 When John F. Kennedy was a young man, his sister Rosemary, age 23, was given a lobotomy. Rosemary was thought to be mentally retarded, and had also developed behavioral problems—mood swings, violent temper tantrums—as she became a young adult. The lobotomy was a disaster. The previously lively Rosemary spent the rest of her long life in an institution, mentally and physically incapacitated. This experience no doubt motivated President Kennedy to send his “Special Message to the Congress on Mental Retardation and Mental Illness” 50 years ago, on February 5, 1963. (Listen to a sound recording of his remarks here.) Kennedy focused primarily on the need for better services for the mentally ill, specifically the need to replace the antiquated and often inhumane system of state-run psychiatric hospitals with community-based […]

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