1 in 3 people will suffer brain illness or injury in their lifetime.
Brain diseases and injuries cost society as much as $2 TRILLION per year in the US and EU.
Brain disorders and injuries cost society more than cancer and cardiovascular disease COMBINED.
1.7 MILLION Americans have Autism.
1.7 MILLION Americans suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury every year.
Approximately 1 million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease.
Over 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease.
For every soldier killed in war in 2012, about 25 veterans took their own lives.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is one of the LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH AND DISABILITY in America.
By 2023, over 46 million American adults will suffer from a mental disorder.
53,000 Americans die every year due to Traumatic Brain Injury.
8 teenagers die EVERY DAY in the US from TBI.
Neurological disorders constitute 12% of total deaths globally each year.
There are 5 MILLION Americans living with TBI-related disabilities.
Mental disorders make up 35% of the cost of all non-communicable diseases worldwide.
5.3 MILLION Americans have lifelong disabilities due to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Direct and indirect cost of TBI is $76 BILLION per year in the US.
Nearly 8% of the US population suffers from POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS in their lifetime.
300,000 soldiers suffer TBI and/or PTS.
Women are about twice as likely as men to develop PTSD.
There is 1 military suicide per day in the US.
FOUR people commit suicide EVERY HOUR in the United States.
In the U.S., serious mental illness causes earnings loss of $193.2 billion annually.
90% of suicide victims have a TREATABLE MENTAL DISORDER.
Nearly 10% of people with SCHIZOPHRENIA commit suicide.
Number one sport per capita for traumatic brain injury is GIRLS SOCCER.
HALF A MILLION children under 14 go to the emergency room every year for TBI.
Funding for brain research from government and pharmaceutical companies is DECREASING EVERY YEAR.
Someone develops Alzheimer’s Disease EVERY 68 SECONDS.
Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH in US adults.
Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults.
TBI patients are up to 5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Medicaid and Medicare spend $130 BILLION per year on Alzheimer’s patients.
One in 10 high school athletes involved in contact sports sustain a concussion each year.
Over 400,000 Americans have Multiple Sclerosis.
An athlete who sustains a concussion is 5 times more likely to sustain a second concussion.
People with TBI are nearly twice as likely to report binge drinking.
The lowest rates of Multiple Sclerosis are in countries nearest to the EQUATOR.
20% of U.S. troops returning from combat tours show symptoms of PTSD or major depression.
DEPRESSION is the LEADING CAUSE of disease burden in the U.S.
Nearly 7% of American adults had a MAJOR DEPRESSIVE EPISODE in the past 12 months.
81.1 million people will be affected by dementia by 2040.
Over 2 MILLION Americans over the age of 18 suffer from BIPOLAR DISORDER.
About one in 10 individuals will have at least one epileptic seizure in their lifetime.
TBI victims are 50% more likely to suffer from depression.
Over 2 MILLION Americans have SCHIZOPHRENIA.
Among people with MS, physical disability contributes to a nearly 70% unemployment rate.
The annual medical cost of Schizophrenia in the US is OVER $32B.


Posted on September 24, 2012

Tom Hanks, Glenn Close, Sally Field, and Gena Rowlands lent their star-power to the One Mind for Research “Circle of Hope” Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel on September 19, 2012, to benefit ONE MIND’s goal of curing diseases of the brain and eliminating the stigma of mental illness within a decade.

The gala capped off a successful week of fundraising by One Mind and the International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO), who held their annual Music Festival for Mental Health on the previous weekend. The organizations have raised over $6.4 million dollars combined in 2012. One Mind is a division of IMHRO.

Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks hosted the evening, entertaining and impressing the crowd with his brilliant commentary and in-depth knowledge of mental health issues in America. About the four most prominent conditions: bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, severe depression, and post-traumatic stress, Hanks announced: "We're going to take the Big Four of brain disease on, and we're going to get it done. It's our national duty!"

Double Oscar recipient Sally Field gave a heartfelt presentation about her Emmy-winning performance in “Sybil,” emphasizing the dearth of information available at the time to help her understand her remarkable dramatic portrayal of a woman with multiple personality disorder.

Four-time Emmy winner Gena Rowlands discussed the breadth of emotion, compassion and desperation required to portray her characters in “The Notebook” and her Oscar-nominated turn in “Women Under the Influence.”

Glenn Close, a mental health advocate and one of the most lauded actresses of her generation – winner of multiple Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe Awards and a six-time Academy Award nominee – performed a stirring monologue on a topic close to her heart: communication about mental illness and the stigma associated with it.

Close is also the co-founder of Bring Change 2 Mind, which is dedicated to eliminating the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. "I want to help eradicate those illnesses and the stigma that goes with them. The stigma can be worse than the illness at times."

Also attending were a large contingent of decorated service men and women from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, led by Sergeant First Class Victor Medina, who spoke eloquently about his own struggles with traumatic brain injury, moving many in the audience to tears.

"It's a test of us as a society, to know if we have the national will to give our veterans a chance to recover, to come back and to heal," Hanks said.

Co-hosts for the evening include ONE MIND CEO General (Ret.) Peter Chiarelli; Dr. David Feinberg; Dustin Hoffman; former US Congressman and ONE MIND Co-Founder Patrick Kennedy; Lori and Michael Milken; Stewart Resnick; and ONE MIND Co-Founders Shari and Garen Staglin.

"ONE MIND is a revolutionary approach to a problem that has been avoided for too long - the illnesses of the brain and the stigma that is so often a part of it. We are grateful and honored that these icons of the entertainment world have chosen to add their voices and efforts to ONE MIND's mission," said ONE MIND CEO Pete Chiarelli.