When their son Brandon was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1990, Shari and Garen Staglin realized that advancements in scientific research were vital to understanding mental illness – and so they took action. With mental illness ranked as the number one cause of adult disability in America, affecting 1 in 5 adults, the mission of IMHRO (International Mental Health Research Organization) is to alleviate human suffering from mental illness by funding scientific research into causes, prevention and new treatments. The goal of research is to lead to cures, with a focus on schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and depression. To further this purpose, IMHRO:
- Produces, supports, and builds awareness for fundraising events to raise money for mental health research
- Directs funding to the most promising research by soliciting and selecting proposals in the area of prevention, treatment, and cure of mental disorders
- Collaborates with affiliate organizations, people, and events worldwide to raise and direct funding—and minimize duplication of scientific effort
- Works to build awareness of the scientific achievements and possibilities
In 15 years IMHRO has become a major player in mental health, raising over $100 million for cutting-edge mental illness research. The Staglin Family hosts an annual major-league music festival on their Napa Valley vineyard (Staglin Winery) to support the foundation. Below is a short clip featuring the Staglins describing their stupendous efforts.
Many thanks to Ed Zschau in Princeton for directing PsychOdyssey to this important mental health resource in California. To see more about IMHRO, click here. To see all of PsychOdyssey’s links, click here.