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Dear Interested Consumer, Donor, and Corporate Partner:

This open letter serves as a starting point for building a dialogue about the prevalence of, and stigma surrounding, mental illness.


Imagine suffering every day from a debilitating life-long medical condition while feeling shame and judgment in the midst of your symptoms.


Envision how impossible seeking help would be.


Despite the fact that 1 in 17 adults suffer from a serious mental illness, less than 1/3 will receive life saving treatment due to intense social discrimination and stigma.


Through charitable investment we can make an impact and ignite social change. We can help those paralyzed by the unjust humility that comes along with having a mental disorder receive the treatment they so desperately need.


Through our partnership we can improve access to treatment and educate individuals on the facts about mental illness. Stigma exists when misconceptions create preconceived judgment. Only through education can these perceptions be corrected. Education on the definition of, the prevalence of and the social and societal impact of mental illness is desperately needed on a great scale to combat the stigma that surrounds the diagnosis of a mental disorder.


A mental disorder, or mental illness, is a condition marked primarily by sufficient disorganization of personality, mind, and emotions to seriously impair the normal psychological functioning of an individual. Mental disorders are generally defined by a combination of how a person acts, thinks, feels or perceives.


The prevalence of mental disorders is significant, and to many people, quite surprising. A 2011 study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDCV) revealed that fifty percent (50%) of all Americans will be affected by a mental illness at some point in their lives. An estimated 26.2 percent of adults (about 1 in 4) experience a diagnosable mental disorder every year, and about 6 percent (1 in 17) has a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder.


Many studies indicate that the costs associated with not receiving treatment far outweigh the actual costs of treatment. Even when the actual costs of treatment are included, the cost benefits of mental health treatment are profound. For instance:


Many studies show that spending money on mental health treatment not only reduces overall medical costs, but investing in mental health services also reduces:


The social stigma associated with mental disorders is a widespread problem with many direct and indirect consequences.


Recovery refers to a process through which individuals are able to live, work, learn and participate fully in their communities and families. Recovery is based upon empowerment, respect, responsibility and peer support, and makes use of individualized, culturally competent, holistic and person-centered, strength-based strategies to promote progress toward a healthier life. Early screening and detection, medications, therapy and peer support can make a big difference. Treatment works and recovery is possible. Together we can actively help those discriminated for having a mental disorder receive access to the treatment they so desperately need.


Through our partnership we can educate individuals on the definition of, the prevalence of and the social and societal impact of mental illness that is desperately needed on a great scale to combat the stigma that surrounds the diagnosis of a mental disorder. Only through charitable investment are we able to make in impact and ignite social change.


As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Renaissance Health Foundation, Inc. is a social-benefit company focused on improving society by tackling the difficult and challenging issues of mental illness, the social stigma associated with mental disorders, improving collaboration between agencies and providers, and improving access to treatment through philanthropy.


We seek to build long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with our donors (individuals, corporate partners, and foundations) who invest their philanthropic funds to help us fulfill our Mission. We welcome your interest and involvement in Renaissance Health Foundation, Inc.


Respectfully,


Renaissance Health Foundation, Inc.