The Mental Illness Research Foundation of America is a tax-exempt, non profit organization dedicated to supporting research, providing innovative options for treatment and giving hope to those afflicted with mental illness.
"The corporation is organized exclusively for educational, research and charitable purposes within the means of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as now enacted or hereafter amended. To this end, the corporation shall promote, develop and sponsor educational and research activities regarding anosognosia and its early detection and treatment. The corporation shall develop educational and treatment programs in furtherance thereof."
Advocacy and research are the beginning. Ultimately, MIRFA is working towards a dream – the creation of a charitable research and treatment facility for mentally ill individuals. Modeled after St. Jude’s hospital for children, the center would offer a charitable comprehensive approach to the treatment of mental illness.
The facility will be an inviting and open space, where there is no sense of stigma… A comfortable and natural atmosphere encourages recovery and a return to all the normal aspects of life… Professionalism and warm treatment is research-based… Individuals guide their own treatment, and maintain valuable links to the home, family, and community during the course of their residency.
Through advocacy, research, and the future establishment of a charitable hospital facility, the Mental Illness Research Foundation of America seeks to bring new light to the mental illness of our children, our parents, our loved ones. Diseases that affect the body, neurological functioning, thought processes, and behavior cannot continue to be hidden in darkness. People suffering from depression do not deserve any less care than someone with heart disease, cancer, or any other debilitiating, challenging, life-threatening disease.
Please support MIRFA with a donation and by helping us raise awareness. Donate Online or Mail Check/Money Order made out to MIRFA at First National Bank, 891 Fairfax St., Carlyle, IL 62231.
Mental illness can be treated, and the benefits of current treatment can be measured in many ways. Review these statistics - and think of how better treatment, and a cure, could make an even greater difference for inviduals, families, businesses, and society.
The National Institute of Mental Health found that 80% of people with depression can be treated successfully with medications, psychotherapy, or a combination. In comparison, the treatment success rate for heart disease ranges from 41% to 52%. (Source: The Invisible Disease: Depression. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2000)
A meta-analysis of 56 studies of five types of psychotherapy revealed that 89% of patients showed measurably greater improvement than those in an untreated control. Average therapy length was only four weeks. (Source: Steinbrueck et. al. 1983)
A review of 58 studies of the effectiveness of treatment for depression found that 77% of depressed patients showed significant improvement. On the average, treatment was completed in nine sessions. (Source: Robinson et.al. 1990)
According to a study by the International Labor Organization in 2000, clinical depression in the U.S. has become one of the most common illnesses affecting one in ten working age adults each year, resulting in a loss of approximately 200 million working days each year." Good mental health reduces costs and helps make money through better productivity.
Over a four-year period, the McDonnell Douglas Corporations Employee Assistance Program reduced absenteeism by 29 % for those in substance abuse treatment and 25% for those in mental illness treatment. (Source: McDonnell Douglas Corporation, 1990)
A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry noted that antidepressant treatment reduces overall healthcare costs by more than 70%. (Source: National Mental Health Association, Fact Sheet 2. http://www.nmha.org/federal/appropriations/factsheet2.cfm)
When the Utah division of Kennecott Copper Corporation provided mental health counseling for employees, its hospital, medical and surgical costs decreased 48.9%. (Source: Lechnyr, R. (1993). The Cost Savings of Mental Health Service. EAP Digest, 22.23)