We’ve been receiving more and more requests for patients (and their caregivers) with mental illness, and we are building our panel of schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc.
Recently we exhibited at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) National Convention in Washington, DC. I was concerned that many patients would not sign up, due to the stigma of mental illness. I was wrong! As I was told many times, those attending NAMI are all about raising awareness, they are over the stigma!
I always say, every disease we work with is worse than the one before. Mental illness can be so debilitating to the patients and families. Stories of bright, promising young adults that are brought low by schizophrenia never fail to affect me.
We made many contacts with mental health patient organizations around the country. These are providing valuable services, and we are proud to support them.
We are sponsoring the premier in Philadelphia of the film “OC87 Recovery Diaries” on the evening of Oct. 10 at the studios of WHYY in Philadelphia – please check it out and attend if you are at all able: http://oc87recoverydiaries.com/screenings/ I was able to preview the film and it is filled with the personal stories of several patients. It is very moving and left me feeling inspired about the progress many with these terrible illnesses have made. I was particularly touched by one patient who went to high school at Friends Select School in Philadelphia, and graduated from Temple University despite her schizophrenia. My father’s first teaching job in the 1950’s was at Friends Select, and he always had a special place for it in his heart. And he earned graduate degrees from Temple. So, her story unexpectedly hit home.
We now have over 2,000 patients/caregivers with mental illness in our panel, so please let us know your needs.
As always, for the most up-to-date list of our US patient panels and counts, see: https://rarepatientvoice.com/for-biopharma-and-market-researchers/.