The Big 5

These key principles inform everything we do:

1
Psychosis is highly treatable.

Prevention and recovery are real possibilities today if young people get help early. We believe it is the right of every person to achieve an independent and fulfilling life.

2
It takes a community.

Advancing and expanding current treatments and finding new ones will take all of us. Awareness and education infused with optimism based on scientific advances are key to speeding eradication of stigma and discrimination, and promoting early detection and intervention. We’re empowering youth to take ownership of their own brain health, and helping parents and teachers to create an environment in which mental and emotional health is respectfully discussed and supported. 

3
We are raising the bar.

Psychosocial and cognitive therapies are well proven modalities to alleviating the symptoms of psychosis, and yet, with relatively few exceptions, they are largely missing from the current standard of care in America. For many, antipsychotic medication remains an important part of treatment in addition to these therapies. However, over reliance on pharmacotherapy as the sole method of treatment leaves many people without the tools, self-care skills and support systems to fully recover or manage the condition over the long-term, leading to increased relapse and higher disability and disenfranchisement.

Accepting the current failing standard of care means failing another generation. We know better, and we must do better.

4
Access to mental health care is a fundamental human right.

We must break down cultural misperceptions of mental health issues in order to ensure access to high quality, collaborative, multi-disciplinary treatment.

It's time to normalize seeking help and prioritizing self-care for our brain health. Seeking help for mental or emotional distress should be seen as a strength - it is no different than seeking help for a physical ailment.

5
Mental health 2.0 must leverage science, technology and media

The international scientific community has coalesced around the merits of early psychosis intervention for nearly a decade, yet our mental health care system remains deficient.  We see the convergence of science, technology and media as crucial elements to advancing awareness and driving funding for a new paradigm in psychosis treatment.

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