In loving memory of Kyle James Mitchell (10/1/1985 - 12/25/2017)
Those that knew Kyle will remember him as a sweet, goofy, tender-hearted young man who was fiercely loving and loyal to friends and family. He would gladly give the shirt off his back to help a loved one in need. He loved to surf, practice Jiu-Jitsu, go shooting and above all else, spend time with his son, Cruz, now 5 years old. Thoughtful, sensitive, fun-loving and kind—these are all qualities that describe Kyle.
Throughout his adult life, Kyle struggled with Bipolar Disorder. Aware of social stigmas surrounding mental illness, he went to great efforts to put on a brave face and hide his struggles from those closest to him. But over time Kyle was increasingly weighed down by anxiety, insomnia and depression. He attempted to cope with the pain in his own way, which we fear ultimately proved too much for his body to sustain. Kyle left this world on Christmas Day 2017.
Losing Kyle too soon has brought overwhelming sadness to our family, but we hope to persevere this time of extreme suffering by creating something positive to share with others, in Kyle’s memory. We hope that the sharing of his story will foster an awareness of mental illness not as a weakness but as a disease like any other. With this understanding we believe that there is more to be done to research, diagnose, support, and effectively treat mental illnesses.
We ask that you join us in making a donation to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation to help fund research into the causes and treatment of mental illness. It is our hope that these contributions will lead to answers that can bring health and hope to other families battling mental health disorders.
The Mitchell family will be notified of all contributions made in Memory of Kyle.
About 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.