To date, Mind Over Matter has raised $250,000 for local brain research,
MOM RACE FUNDS RAISED
The University of Michigan Depression Center
Gifts from the MOM Race have been used to establish the “Boledovich Schizophrenia Research Fund” at the University of Michigan Depression Center and further the research of Stephan Taylor, M.D. Dr. Taylor has extensive experience with the treatment of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders and the Boledovich Schizophrenia Research Fund has helped support his research for the past nine years. Funding from recent MOM Races has allowed his research to move into the promising new arena of early identification and intervention. Dr. Taylor recently began the Program on Risk Evaluation and Prevention (PREP) which has demonstrated that a comprehensive treatment intervention can alter the course of a developing psychosis. These are highly promising results which suggest that serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, may be preventable with targeted, early intervention strategies.
Funds donated by the MOM Race have helped KnowResolve expand its suicide prevention assemblies, which are offered to Michigan area schools free of charge. At these powerful and educational assemblies, students learn about the fundamentals of suicide awareness and prevention: facts, myths, risk factors, warning signs, what to do in crisis, available resources and tips for coping with emotional distress. With support from organizations like MOM, these assemblies reach an average of 1,500 students every month.
With funding from the MOM Race, Common Ground has been able to empower more than 500 non-mental health professionals within our community. These individuals have been trained in nonjudgmental listening skills to better assess an individual’s risk of suicide, and to encourage and connect at-risk individuals to appropriate professional services while providing comfort and promoting self-help recovery strategies. The MOM Race has also helped CommonGround fund its LivingWorks ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) program which is a two-day, skills-building workshop that prepares caregivers of all kinds to provide suicide first aid interventions.