Sunshine State News: Carlos Curbelo, Grace Napolitano Want to Help Mental Health Research With Special Postage Stamp

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Washington, June 28, 2017 | comments

U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., paired up with U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Calif., on Tuesday to unveil a proposal creating a special postage stamp to help mental health research.

Curbelo and Napolitano brought out the “Mental Health Awareness Semipostal Stamp Act.” If passed, proceeds from the sale of the stamp would benefit the National Institute of Mental Health’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

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“To address this, the previous administration announced the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative in 2013,” Curbelo added. “Known as the BRAIN Initiative, this collaborative public-private research project will advance our understanding of how the brain functions as researchers work to map the brain and study how individual cells interact in both time and space.  The data generated from this research will help scientists fill in the gaps in our current understanding and provide unprecedented opportunities for exploring how the brain enables us to record, process, utilize, store, and retrieve vast quantities of information. This information will also provide researchers with a better understanding of mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorder in hopes of better treating these diseases and reducing the number of suicides each year. I was pleased that the 21st Century Cures Act, which I supported here in the House and was signed into law, authorized $1.51 billion for this important research.

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