“The overwhelming support from wonderful, passionate people like you has not only been heart-warming, but a testament to a dire need in our society!”
LETTER FROM THE CO-FOUNDER
Starting AIM for Mental Health has been a whirlwind! How many charities can start with a few friends in March and raise over $250,000 by August? The overwhelming support from wonderful, passionate people like you has not only been heart-warming, but a testament to a dire need in our society! When I tell friends about AIM, the response is either to immediately divulge circumstances in their lives that relate to mental health disorders or to simply cry. Mental health issues affect most people in one way or another. It is so prevalent in our society, yet so hidden.
As members of National Charity League, my daughter, Sydney, and I volunteer for many different philanthropies, none of which focus on finding cures for brain or mental health disorders. So it seemed to us the perfect time to start AIM, while she and her brothers are still teenagers and can raise awareness among their peers.
We are more committed than ever to help find successful treatments and cures for mental health disorders in children and young adults. There is an epidemic in our country of diagnoses, especially ADHD. The consequences of not having successful treatments and cures for kids are horrific, including suicide (the #3 killer of our youth behind accidents and homicides), school failure, juvenile hall, homelessness, self-medication and addiction, sky-rocketing health care costs, and violence (not to mention the toll it takes on family members).
We want AIM for Mental Health to be a community based campaign for everyone, not just for those directly affected by mental health disorders. AIM focuses on raising money and awareness similar to the American Cancer Society and Meals on Wheels. You may not have cancer, but many people donate to finding cures for cancer. You may not be delivered meals, but you may donate to Meals on Wheels to support people confined to their homes. I see Mental health disorders as our nation’s biggest problem, and not only do we need to recognize this, but we need to do something about it NOW!
Chances are that you have never been asked to donate money to help find cures for ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD…..
The need is urgent. The interest is there. NOW is the time to fill a huge void in our community and create a campaign model for all communities to bring awareness to the tremendous increase in brain/mental disorders in our youth and to raise money for mental health research.
Let’s all speak out and raise money for brain/mental health research for children and young adults. Let’s start talking about mental disorders as a brain disease and bring awareness to the tremendous increase in psychiatric issues among our nation’s youth. And let’s talk about cures!