Tipper Gore Speaking on “Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness” at
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Annual Luncheon In NYC
New York - Tipper Gore, advocate, artist, philanthropist and former Second Lady of the United States, will be the speaker at the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Luncheon “Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness,” on May 1, in New York City. The luncheon will be hosted by Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., President & CEO of the Foundation, and host of the public television show “Healthy Minds.”
Mental illness affects the lives of one in five people. The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presents an annual spring luncheon to support psychiatric research and address the need for public engagement to solve issues around stigma that keep people from seeking help and accepting treatment.
As Second Lady, Tipper Gore served as Mental Health Policy Advisor to President Clinton. In 1999, she hosted the first White House Conference on Mental Health. She is active in efforts to overcome the stigma surrounding mental illness and to increase awareness of the need for quality, affordable mental health care.
“Tipper Gore has a long-standing interest in mental health issues and is a powerful voice in eliminating the stigma that is all too often still associated with mental illness. We are honored that she will be our speaker as we continue to expand the conversation about the importance of banishing stigma and supporting psychiatric research helping people with mental illness lead full and productive lives,” Dr. Borenstein said.
“Stigma is an enduring challenge that keeps too many people living with mental illness from getting the support they need and enjoying the lives they want,” said Tipper Gore. “But the movement to end stigma also presents an opportunity to the nation. By working together to create an open and equitable culture of mental health in America, we will improve the lives of people and families with mental health needs, strengthen our communities, and help grow the economy all at once.”
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation awards research grants to develop improved treatments, cures, and methods of prevention for mental illness. These illnesses include addiction, ADHD, anxiety, autism, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, and schizophrenia. Since 1987, the Foundation has awarded more than $394 million to fund more than 4,700 leading scientists around the world, which has led to over $3.9 billion in additional funding. 100% of every dollar donated for research is invested in our research grants. The Foundation’s operating expenses are covered by separate foundation grants.