Target: U.S. National Institutes of Health Director, Francis S. Collins
Goal: Increase funding for research on depression.
Depression affects more than 350 million people, and is responsible for around two-thirds of suicide cases. Despite these and many more astonishing statistics, depression research remains severely underfunded, and sometimes, ignored. The stigma of mental health persists, and these issues are nowhere close to receiving the same attention as those that can be seen with the naked eye. Urge the National Institutes of Health to increase funding for depression research, and begin to put an end to this silent killer.
The National Institutes of Health spend billions on cancer research annually, compared to just millions for depression. Both are extremely prevalent, and can be treated and diagnosed from an early stage; however, only one is treated as such.
Many factors contribute to depression, with genetics playing a huge role. Albeit known or not, depression affects many people around us, if not ourselves. Ignoring the issue will only increase its hold on society. By acknowledging this truth, we can begin to recognize those that are more likely to develop depression, and in turn, offer reliable treatment.
Still, reliable treatment only partially exists. Only half of those who suffer from depression will find treatment that works for them. There is plenty of research that still needs to be conducted, and this can only happen if proper funding is available. Urge the National Institutes of Health to increase funding for research on depression, and inevitably save the lives of so many, by signing the petition below.
Dear Mr. Collins,
Too many Americans are affected by depression, and very few will receive adequate treatment in their lifetime. Even those brave enough to face the hardships of depression will likely be met with minimal efforts and few places to turn for help. This is true for several reasons, but perhaps the most significant is an apparent lack of funding for research on depression. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way, and the National Institutes of Health can make a huge difference by increasing funding for depression research.
An increase in research for depression would be a significant step in the right direction and could potentially save thousands of lives. Currently, widespread treatment with a high success rate does not exist, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. Our efforts must be concentrated on both research and spreading knowledge if we hope to erase the stigma attached to mental health, specifically depression.
Please take the next step in combating depression and increase funding for depression research.
[Your Name Here]
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