1 in 3 people will suffer brain illness or injury in their lifetime.
Brain diseases and injuries cost society as much as $2 TRILLION per year in the US and EU.
Brain disorders and injuries cost society more than cancer and cardiovascular disease COMBINED.
1.7 MILLION Americans have Autism.
1.7 MILLION Americans suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury every year.
Approximately 1 million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease.
Over 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease.
For every soldier killed in war in 2012, about 25 veterans took their own lives.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is one of the LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH AND DISABILITY in America.
By 2023, over 46 million American adults will suffer from a mental disorder.
53,000 Americans die every year due to Traumatic Brain Injury.
8 teenagers die EVERY DAY in the US from TBI.
Neurological disorders constitute 12% of total deaths globally each year.
There are 5 MILLION Americans living with TBI-related disabilities.
Mental disorders make up 35% of the cost of all non-communicable diseases worldwide.
5.3 MILLION Americans have lifelong disabilities due to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Direct and indirect cost of TBI is $76 BILLION per year in the US.
Nearly 8% of the US population suffers from POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS in their lifetime.
300,000 soldiers suffer TBI and/or PTS.
Women are about twice as likely as men to develop PTSD.
There is 1 military suicide per day in the US.
FOUR people commit suicide EVERY HOUR in the United States.
In the U.S., serious mental illness causes earnings loss of $193.2 billion annually.
90% of suicide victims have a TREATABLE MENTAL DISORDER.
Nearly 10% of people with SCHIZOPHRENIA commit suicide.
Number one sport per capita for traumatic brain injury is GIRLS SOCCER.
HALF A MILLION children under 14 go to the emergency room every year for TBI.
Funding for brain research from government and pharmaceutical companies is DECREASING EVERY YEAR.
Someone develops Alzheimer’s Disease EVERY 68 SECONDS.
Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH in US adults.
Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults.
TBI patients are up to 5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Medicaid and Medicare spend $130 BILLION per year on Alzheimer’s patients.
One in 10 high school athletes involved in contact sports sustain a concussion each year.
Over 400,000 Americans have Multiple Sclerosis.
An athlete who sustains a concussion is 5 times more likely to sustain a second concussion.
People with TBI are nearly twice as likely to report binge drinking.
The lowest rates of Multiple Sclerosis are in countries nearest to the EQUATOR.
20% of U.S. troops returning from combat tours show symptoms of PTSD or major depression.
DEPRESSION is the LEADING CAUSE of disease burden in the U.S.
Nearly 7% of American adults had a MAJOR DEPRESSIVE EPISODE in the past 12 months.
81.1 million people will be affected by dementia by 2040.
Over 2 MILLION Americans over the age of 18 suffer from BIPOLAR DISORDER.
About one in 10 individuals will have at least one epileptic seizure in their lifetime.
TBI victims are 50% more likely to suffer from depression.
Over 2 MILLION Americans have SCHIZOPHRENIA.
Among people with MS, physical disability contributes to a nearly 70% unemployment rate.
The annual medical cost of Schizophrenia in the US is OVER $32B.

Patrick Kennedy’s New Campaign / Inside the Brain

Posted on May 25, 2011

(PressofAtlanticCity.com, May 25, 2011) Former football players suffering the effects of too many concussions ... returning soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome ... drug addicts ... alcoholics ... people suffering from depression.

What do they all have in common? More than you might think.

To many in the scientific community, the answer is clear and getting clearer every day: Identifiable, biological abnormalities in the brain.

Others outside the scientific community, however, reject that disease model for many mental-health issues: Addicts and alcoholics don't have a disease, they say. They are just weak. The soldiers and football players are just "shaken up."

But Patrick Kennedy, a former member of Congress from Rhode Island, the son of the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy - and a new resident of South Jersey - believes it is time for the nation to move beyond the dark ages regarding mental illness. It is time, he says, to recognize that the brain is an organ, and the diseases of that organ should not carry any more stigma than the diseases of any other organ in the body. And he's right.

Before leaving Congress in January, Kennedy sponsored the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act, which essentially requires that health insurers provide the some coverage rules for diseases of the brain as they provide for other diseases. That was a major step forward.

He also has had his own well-publicized battles with addiction and depression. But Kennedy is bravely using his own struggles as a platform to launch what he is calling the One Mind for Research campaign.

Today in Boston, the One Mind for Research initiative wraps up a three-day forum. The goal was to bring together researchers from all over the country to begin the process of unifying research into the anatomy of brain disorders. This day - May 25 - is the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's call to send a man to the moon. Patrick Kennedy calls his initiative a "moonshot to inner space."

We wish him success. For too long, those suffering from mental disorders have been stigmatized in ways those suffering from diseases of other organs are not stigmatized. Kennedy is asking "Why?" The One Mind for Research campaign hopes to raise $5 billion to develop the research that can, once and for all, bury the misguided notions underlying that stigma - and, ultimately, lead to new treatments.

The One Mind for Research initiative is a brave and ambitious agenda. Kennedy deserves praise for putting his clout behind it - and for putting his own struggles into the limelight to make it happen.