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Contact Senators Specter and Harkin 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, specifically a $200 million increase this year for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Please contact Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) to notify them of NAMI’s Research Task Force report—Roadmap to Recovery and Cureand the importance of funding for research to discover better treatments, and ultimately a cure for severe mental illnesses. Senators Specter and Harkin hold leadership positions on the Senate’s Labor, Health, and Human Services Subcommittee that oversees NIMH’s budget. They have been strong supporters of biomedical research investments, including NIMH funding. Below is a sample letter for you to send to Senators Specter and Harkin 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 Senator Tom Harkin,, and Senator Arlen Specter, Paste the text you just copied into the body of your email.
  5. Send the message.