Category Archive for ‘Campaigns’

Reflections on Mental Health Month

May was Mental Health Month here in the U.S. Some call it Mental Health Awareness Month, but we like Mental Health Month, because we want the focus to be squarely on mental health and mental illness, not just awareness. Awareness about mental health is important, of course, and so is decreasing the stigma of mental illnesses. But ultimately, both of those goals fall short of relieving the symptoms of the millions of people that live with mental illnesses without effective treatment, or with effective treatments that carry bad side-effects. Over the past month, Cure Alliance for Mental Illness ran a social media campaign sharing images with words that expressed our desire for cures for mental illnesses—we called it Hope4Cures and it started some important discussions. About the word “cure,” one person wrote to us on Facebook, “I just don’t like that terminology in regards to mental illness and mental health. […]

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Be the Hope for Cures!

Green is the color of spring and of mental health—and May is Mental Health Month. It’s the time of year when we join with other voices to make some noise about the last frontier in health. Cure Alliance is marking Mental Health Month by kicking off our campaign “Hope for Cures.” The part you can play is to be a spokesperson for hope—see below for how you can help. Why do we hope for cures? Cure Alliance for Mental illness was founded on the conviction that our society should put more resources into finding cures for mental illnesses. Today’s treatments for these brain disorders are not adequate, since they don’t work for many people, and even when they do work, they carry undesirable side-effects. This means that too many people living with mental illness have to settle for partial recovery. We should not accept this current reality as forever given […]

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Exploring the Final Frontier: Brain Awareness Week

The human brain is responsible for amazing things – from space travel to skyscrapers, from epic poems to cures for a host of formerly deadly diseases. What it hasn’t done so well at, so far, is understanding itself. Actually, it is only by comparison to our knowledge about other things—how our hearts work, or how life formed on our planet—that our understanding of the brain falls a bit short. Though there’s a lot we still don’t understand, we have learned quite a bit about our brains, especially over the last 100 years, thanks to the hard work of pioneering scientists who developed new tools to explore below the microscopic level. Today is the first day of Brain Awareness Week (BAW) 2015, celebrating their work, and the ongoing work that continues to increase our understanding of our brain—the incredibly complex organ that defines us has humans. This is the 20th BAW, […]

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At the NAMI Annual Convention

Cure Alliance is just back from the annual convention of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Washington, DC. We had a booth in the exhibits area, where a steady stream of people stopped by to learn about what we are doing, and to sign our petition calling for more research on mental illness. Perhaps some of you visited us there! It was an energizing trip, not least because of the impassioned advocates at the meeting–we got to see Patrick Kennedy, Creigh Deeds, Demi Lovato, and NAMI President Mary Gilberti fire up the crowds on NAMI’s National Day of Action, before NAMI members made their visits to Capitol Hill to convince their legislators to pay attention to the burden of mental illness. We also saw Tom Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), give the Research Plenary on Saturday morning (see the video). He is eloquent and […]

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Cure Alliance Walks the Walk With NAMI Rhode Island

Each year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness raises awareness about mental illness, not to mention funding to support its work, by hosting walks around the country. Cure Alliance for Mental Illness participated in Rhode Island’s 2013 walk on a cool but sunny autumn day in Providence’s Roger Williams Park. Visit our Flickr stream to see more photos from the NAMI Walk.  Our thanks to NAMI-RI Executive Director Chaz Gross and Walk organizer Sara Hutchings-Schwartz, who steered walkers to our petition for more research before they set off on their jaunt around the 430-acre green oasis in the Providence metropolitan area.  After the walkers returned, we had still more customers to chat with about the importance of research in mental illness. If you haven’t signed our petition, please do, and share it with your friends! We are calling on the U.S. government to increase funding for research in mental illnesses. Most […]

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Cure Alliance Debuts Campaign At National Rally For Recovery

By Robin Cunningham By the end of the event, we were all exhausted and a bit giddy. Cure Alliance for Mental Illness went to the National Rally4Recovery on 21 September 2013 in Providence, Rhode Island, and our booth  was a measurable success. All the hard work of Cure Alliance supporter Tom Monahan, founder of ad agency creative powerhouse Leonard/Monahan, and our Communications Director Alden Bumstead had paid off. We were supported by enthusiastic volunteers, many from a business school class at Johnson & Wales University that has adopted Cure Alliance as their senior marketing project. Supporters Dr. Anne Whitaker and her husband, Dr. Mark Bear, a leading brain researcher at MIT, stayed all afternoon and competed fiercely to gather the most signatures for our petition calling for more mental illness research. We had the opportunity to meet Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, R.I. congressman Jim Langevin, and advocacy stalwart Patrick […]

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Cure Alliance Petition for Mental Illness Research

Cure Alliance has started a petition asking the President and Congress of the U.S. to fund research in mental illness. The violent tragedies over the past year have sparked numerous petitions calling for improved treatment and services for mental illness. Cure Alliance is the sole voice calling for more research to find cures for mental illness. We call on the President and Congress of the United States to ensure that mental illnesses get the research attention they deserve. Without adequate resources, scientists will not find better treatments and cures to stop mental illness at the outset. Read the rest and sign here. Ask all your friends to sign too!

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Nationwide in 50 Days!

Over the summer, Cure Alliance for Mental Illness challenged our social network to help us put one of our oval car magnets—Cure BP, Cure SZ, Cure DEP, or Cure OCD—in each of the United States. We called it 50-50-50: 50 magnets, 50 states, in 50 days.  We asked people to send us a photo of their car with a Cure magnet on it, and we’ve been posting those to our Facebook page. With some help publicizing the campaign from our friends at PeaceLove Studios—an expressive arts organization—we succeeded! Cure Alliance even managed to send magnets to Hawaii and Alaska, with bonus magnets in Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.! Cure Alliance’s oval car magnets are designed to pique curiosity—”what are those mysterious letters?” To those unfamiliar with bipolar disorder, a Cure BP magnet makes several simple but powerful statements at once: Bipolar disorder is a real medical disorder There is hope […]

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50-50-50 for Mental Illness

Cure Alliance has just launched a 50 (magnets)-50 (states)-50 (days)  promotion for our Mystery Letters campaign to increase awareness of mental illnesses. Our “Cure” car magnets are a way to show your support for those living with mental illness, and your support for the search for cures. If a fleet of cars in every community had these magnets with mysterious letters, the disorders they represent would become less mysterious! We want to start with 50 magnets – one in every state. With your help, we can get a magnet in every state in 50 days! 50 magnets in 50 states in 50 days! (A bonus will be the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and other US territories!) We are sending a FREE car magnet to the first person who contacts us from each state and posts a picture of the car magnet proudly displayed next to a license plate to […]

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The Mystery Letters Campaign is Here!

Put a mysterious mental illness message on your car … your fridge …  your locker. “Cure” car magnets are a way to show your support for those living with mental illness, and your support for the search for cures. If a fleet of cars in every community had these magnets with mysterious letters, the disorders they represent would become less mysterious! Order your Cure magnets for bipolar disorder, depression, OCD, and schizophrenia. Read more at the Mystery Letters page …

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