Posts Tagged ‘mental health’

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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Focusing on Mental Illness during Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Month, or Mental Health Awareness Month. President Harry Truman first declared Mental Health Awareness Month in 1949, when mental health was much less talked-about. It’s safe to say we’ve come a long way since then in our attitudes toward mental health, in what we know about it, and in our treatments for mental health problems. Mental Health America, which leads Mental Health Month each year in May, has chosen “Mind Your Health” as this year’s theme, focusing on the importance of mental health in overall health, including “tips and tools for taking positive actions to protect mental health and promote whole health.”  Indeed, there is no health without mental health (as the MHA motto says), and it’s important for every one of us to remember that we can take steps to keep mentally healthy. But what about mental illness? Is awareness of mental health the same […]

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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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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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