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 Cure—and 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!
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