Research is essential in finding new therapies to relieve the symptoms of millions of Americans living with mental illness. In many indications, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, advocacy recognizes the importance of cutting-edge research. This is not always the case with clinical research in mental health. We are challenged by the continuing stigma associated with mental illness and further by the stigma associated with research. It is imperative we begin to open dialogue between clinical research and advocacy to cross educate, share available resources, and ensure we are working hand in hand to protect the rights and options available to those living with mental illness. The affiliate webinar will focus on the benefits and barriers to collaboration, examples of existing partnerships, the role of a clinical research site, safeguards for volunteers, misconceptions versus reality in clinical research, and the introduction of The STARR Coalition, a nonprofit organization bringing stakeholders together across these fields for positive change.
Presenters: Sarah Schwartz, MSW, MBA, Executive Director, Mental Health America of GeorgiaPaul Jaquith, LCSW, CAP, President/CEO, Mental Health Association of Southeast FloridaLuke Kramer, Executive Director, The STARR CoalitionRick Mofsen, DO, President, St. Louis Clinical Trials and Chief Medical Officer, Evolution Research Group