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Contact the Director of NIMH about the Need for Increased Funding for Research of Severe Mental Illnesses

Your action is needed to advocate for increased government funding for severe mental illnesses research. Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of NIMH, is working to have the institute’s work reflect the best scientific opportunities to improve treatments for these brain disorders. Please take this opportunity to notify him of NAMI’s Research Task Force report—Roadmap to Recovery and Cureand support his efforts to increase NIMH funding of research that will more quickly lead to improved treatments and cures for severe mental illnesses. Below is a sample letter for you to send to Dr. Insel on this issue. Thank you for your dedication to this important issue, and remember, the addition of a personal touch as to why research for mental illnesses is important to you can make this letter even more powerful!

To send this letter:

  1. Make any changes to the text below that you wish. Add your personal touch.
  2. Use your mouse to select and highlight all of the text in the box.
  3. Copy the selected text. You may do this by holding your mouse over the selected text, right-clicking (click using the right-hand mouse button) and select the "Copy" option from the drop-down menu that appears. Or, in the drop-down menu at the top of your browser window, select "Edit", then "Copy"
  4. Using your normal means for sending an email, compose a new message to Dr. Thomas Insel, Paste the text you just copied into the body of your email.
  5. Send the message.