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The War on Cancer – Over 50 Years Ago
“In 1970, the American people made clear their desire for a cure for the second-leading cause of death in the United States. President Nixon responded during his January 1971 State of the Union address: “I will also ask for an appropriation of an extra $100 million to launch an intensive campaign to find a cure for cancer, and I will ask later for whatever additional funds can effectively be used. The time has come in America when the same kind of concentrated effort that split the atom and took man to the moon should be turned toward conquering this dread disease. Let us make a total national commitment to achieve this goal.”
“On December 23, 1971, President Nixon followed through on his promise as he signed the National Cancer Act into law, declaring, “I hope in the years ahead we will look back on this action today as the most significant action taken during my Administration.” https://dtp.cancer.gov/timeline/flash/milestones/M4_Nixon.htm
Just think of the progress we have made in the War on Cancer because “the people” made it clear that it was their desire; it was important to them. Again, the desire of “the people”.
Why can’t we do the same for brain diseases? The answer is that we can. But we must speak up and let our representatives know that it is important to us, that we are relying on them to allocate far more funding to go into research for the biological causes of mental health diseases – “Brain Diseases”.
Please contact your legislators to let them know that you are relying on them to help end the mental health crisis that we have been in for so long. Together, our voices can be heard.
Find your representatives, and write to them. Remember, they work for you.
“Moonshot for Mental Health”
We have a question for you. One of our Cure Brain Disease coalition members is scheduled to interview an expert in the field of mental health disorders who has conducted, and continues to conduct, many studies on the root causes of mental health conditions. We would like your input as to what you think. What are your thoughts on the biggest causes of mental health problems? Your input will give us valuable input into an area of questions to be asked.
Although there is no single cause for mental health conditions, here is a list of a number of factors that are thought to contribute to the risk of developing mental disorders. (life experiences, biological factors such as chemical imbalances in the brain, traumatic brain injuries, exposure to environmental factors such as toxic chemicals while in utero, serious medical conditions such as cancer, alcohol and drug use, genetics and family history, feeling isolated) https://medlineplus.gov/mentaldisorders.html
Thank you all. We will make sure we post information from the interview after it takes place. (YOUR NAME WILL NOT BE SHARED.) This is your chance to express your opinions and have them heard!
- Please do the following.
- 1 . Follow our site for follow-ups to the interview (below right).
- 2. Fill out the Contact Us bar on our site to give us your input.