Instead of presents for my birthday this year, I ask that my friends and family will consider donating to my personal campaign here at the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF). The mission of BBRF is to alleviate the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. 100% of the contributions will be donated to the research of studying mental illnesses and trying to develop ways to treat brain and behavior disorders. My goal is to raise $120 by next Monday, which is my birthday!
The support of mental health means a lot to me. Many of my friends and those closest to suffer from depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. Their stories inspire me everyday to shed a light on mental health. Growing up and all throughout high school, I struggled with mental illness. There were times when I didn't think I was going to make it through the night. I felt hopeless and helpless, as if no one cared or understood how I felt. I was sucked into a void of darkness, and my anxiety and depression got the better of me. Eventually, I started going to counseling, and though it still isn't easy, I started my personal journey towards bettering myself. There are good days and there are bad days, but I am in a much better place than I was a few years ago.
Now, I want to work towards spreading the word about mental health and what we can do to help break down the stigma. I'm not afraid to talk about my illness, and I hope that this will inspire others to do the same.
So please, join me in working to break down the stigma. Every little bit counts.
Here is content to help explain why you may have chosen to support the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation:
Since 1987, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF) has awarded more than $380 million to fund more than 5,500 grants to more than 4,500 scientists around the world.
According to the Rand Corporation, BBRF is the nation’s top non-governmental funder of mental health research grants.
The mission of the Foundation is to alleviate the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.
100% of contributions for research are invested in research grants to neuroscientists thanks to the generous support of two family foundations which cover BBRF operating expenses.
The Foundation only funds scientists whose research is reviewed and recommended by a world-renowned Scientific Council including Nobel Prize winners and chairs of psychiatric departments.