Posts Tagged ‘advocacy’

George Mason Students Start Cure Alliance Campus Chapter

Students at George Mason University (GMU) have rallied to Cure Alliance’s mission of education and advocacy and recently launched the inaugural campus chapter of Cure Alliance, Cure Mental Illness (CMI) GMU. Mason has responded enthusiastically. Within a few short weeks of establishing the group, over a hundred undergraduate and graduate students from disciplines including Neuroscience, Psychology, Nursing, Social Work, and Global & Community Health contacted CMI to ask how they could contribute. Our members are energetic, bright, motivated, and bring diverse experiences to the table. Many are currently engaged in research projects, have worked as clinicians in mental health care, or are active participants of community groups that support mental health. Many have been personally affected by mental illness and see the organization as a means to positively impact their lives and alleviate the suffering of loved ones. Opportunities for CMI members abound. At Mason, students can directly participate in […]

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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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At the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting

Cure Alliance Debuts to the Neuroscience Community Every year, Cure Alliance co-founder Hakon Heimer goes to the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting in his capacity as editor of the online Schizophrenia Research Forum. SfN is the organization linking neuroscientists from all over the world—at the annual meeting, you can mingle with over 30,000 other people, most of them brain researchers. For the past couple of years, our other founder Robin Cunningham has joined him for an exhilarating and exhausting few days. This year, Cure Alliance had an added presence—we joined 711 other exhibitors at the meeting, to introduce our organization to brain researchers and learn from them. We joined Autism Speaks as the only mental illness organization there (there were also 3 Alzheimer’s groups). In the small section reserved for nonprofit organizations, we collected signatures for our petition for more mental illness research funding, and talked with researchers and others about how […]

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Letter of Support for Accelerating Biomedical Research

Cure Alliance has written a letter of support for Senator Tom Harkin’s Accelerating Biomedical Research Act, which seeks to restore investment in research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which have seen their funding decrease steadily in real dollars in the past decade.   Also access the letter by clicking below: Letter supporting Senator Harkin’s Accelerating Biomedical Research Act

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Cure Alliance Letter to the New York Times

In response to the New York Times’s profile on NIMH Director Tom Insel, Cure Alliance cofounders Hakon Heimer and Robin Cunningham joined with Nobel laureate and Cure Alliance Advisor James Watson on a letter to the editor to point out that Insel’s challenge of trying to please diverse and competing constituencies would be a lot easier if he had resources necessary for the task. Here is the full letter: To the editor: Dr. Tom Insel’s challenging job (“Blazing Trails in Brain Science,” Science, Feb 4) would be easier if the National Institute of Mental Health were not running on a shoestring. The Institute’s 2012 budget was $1.5 billion, which seems like a lot until you consider how much mental illnesses cost us: the 2010 US Burden of Disease study shows that the burden to Americans is about equal to that of cancer. As the nation’s economy strengthens in the next few years, we urge policymakers to bring NIMH’s budget closer […]

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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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You can help us build a grassroots advocacy force for research!

Please donate to Cure Alliance for Mental Illness during this holiday season. Our goal is to raise $50,000 as we go into 2014. This will allow us to spread the word about the need for more research in mental illness, and let legislators and other policymakers know how important this is. Many people are unaware of how underfunded mental illness research is compared to other illnesses, especially with the very large burden they place on  individuals and on society. But it’s not as well-known how little understood they are, and how much better our treatments could be if we knew more about the causes and development of mental illnesses.  The other mental health advocacy organizations are dedicated to the immediate and serious problem of inadequate access to treatment and services and to eradicating the stigma of mental illness. Cure Alliance is the only organization focusing specifically on increasing the Federal commitment […]

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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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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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