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Fifteen years ago, the Treatment Advocacy Center was founded by Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, the nation’s leading champion of treatment for those who suffer from untreated severe mental illness. As an author, scientist and tireless advocate for individuals and families living with the most severe psychiatric diseases, Dr. Torrey has saved and improved countless lives.

The Torrey Action Fund was created in 2008 as a tribute to Dr. Torrey and as a way of sustaining our work and making possible projects we otherwise could not undertake. It has underwritten many important and useful projects, including our “Stopping the Revolving Door” documentary on assisted outpatient treatment, our “Psychiatric Crisis Resources Kit” and last year’s dramatic video depicting anosognosia, among others.

After the multiple mass tragedies of 2012, awareness of the barriers to mental illness treatment – and interest in removing them – has reached levels not seen in 50 years. Our visibility and the chance to expand treatment access through mental health  policy reform and implementation have risen at the same time.

In this milestone year – of our 15th anniversary and of mental illness treatment reform – we are committing every Torrey Action Fund dollar to expanding our human and other resources to respond to this extraordinary opportunity.

We can’t do this without you. In honor of Dr. Torrey and in support of making treatment possible for more people with severe mental illness, please give what you can now.

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