Reps. Curbelo and Napolitano Introduce the Mental Health Awareness Semipostal Stamp Act

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Washington, September 29, 2015 | comments


Washington, D.C.
—Today, Reps. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Grace Napolitano (CA-32) introduced H.R. 3640, the Mental Health Awareness Semipostal Stamp Act. This legislation will help raise awareness for mental health while supporting neurological research.

“We’ve all been touched by loved ones that have been afflicted with neurological diseases or mental illness. Despite the great scientific strides that have been made to understand these scourges to mankind, very little is known about the biology of how they develop in the brain. The BRAIN Initiative has the potential for revolutionary breakthroughs in the fields of neuroscience and psychology. With this new data, doctors, researchers, and families would be better able to diagnose and assist those suffering. I’d like to thank my colleague, Rep. Grace Napolitano, for being a leader in mental health advocacy  throughout her distinguished career and joining me in this effort to raise awareness and additional resources for this worthwhile cause,” said Curbelo.

“This is one more step toward reducing stigma, continuing to bring mental health issues out of the shadows. The Mental Health Awareness Semipostal Stamp will not only raise revenue to fund research of mental illness, but also raise critical awareness of an issue that affects 1 in 4 Americans. We are glad it will support major organizations’ efforts, like the World Boxing Council—which has been funding brain research at UCLA—and we know this Stamp will make a difference. It will be a reminder of the need to recognize the importance of funding and providing mental health services to all. I am pleased to join Congressman Curbelo in building on the progress made toward mental health parity, ensuring the brain is treated just like every other part of the body,” said Napolitano.

More Information on the Legislation
One of the greatest obstacles to diagnosing and treating neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, depression, and traumatic brain injury is the lack of understanding of how the brain works. The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is a collaborative public-private research project aims to advance our understanding of how the brain functions. Through this initiative, researchers will be able to map the brain and study how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact.  This ambitious program that has the potential to revolutionize neurological and psychiatric care. To help raise additional funding for this program, at no expense to taxpayers,Mr. Curbelo and Mrs. Napolitano introduced H.R. 3640, the Mental Health Awareness Semipostal Stamp Act. Revenues generated from the sale of these specialized postage stamps will be directed to the National Institute of Mental Health’s BRAIN Initiative. 

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