Mental diseases and disabilities affect more than just the seriously ill person. If we expand the normally narrow focus on the individual outward to include families, friends, coworkers, schoolmates, and even organizations of every kind, we see that nobody remains unaffected by these debilitating problems. They impact us all.
The monetary costs of mental illness and dysfunction in modern society dwarf research budgets to understand and fix these problems. The founders of the Mind First Foundation believe that the human mind is uniquely fundamental and important, and that scientific research on the mind has greater potential leverage than any other area of research. This unique importance of the mind in all human pursuits and goals underlies the name and mission of the Mind First Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
The mission of the Mind First Foundation is to pinpoint the causes of serious mental illness and dysfunction, and to accelerate development of therapeutic improvements of mental functions and behaviors. These goals have the potential to greatly improve the lives of all people. The foundation seeks to achieve these goals by promoting and funding research in genomics, psychology, neuroscience and neuroengineering.