Bravo for Connecticut entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Stanley who recently committed $650 million for scientific research on the genetic contributions and molecular processes at work in severe mental illness. This is the largest individual gift ever given for research on mental illness. It should come as no surprise that Mr. Stanley was moved to make this momentous commitment by the experience of mental illness in his own family. In an interview on Tuesday he referred to his son’s diagnosis of bipolar disorder as a “revelation moment” for him.
This historic gift of $650 million will be used to establish the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, based at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Eric S. Lander, the founder and president of the Broad Institute, said these funds could do for the understanding and treatment of serious mental illness what similarly large gifts have done for cancer research. What an amazing contribution by a philanthropist who has felt the impact of mental illness in his own family and committed massive resources that will lighten the burden for millions of others!
You can read more about this momentous gift and its implications for mental health treatment here: New Funds Jump-Start Mental Illness Research
This recent radio interview with Ted Stanley and his son Jonathan tells the story from the family’s point of view: Son’s Mental Illness Prompts Billionaire’s Big Donation To Psychiatric Research
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