Wishing you a very special
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is the time where flowers bloom, the sun warms our skin and the dawn of a new season begins. It is fitting during this time that we celebrate Mental Health Awareness. Why you ask? Because both are filled with the feeling of hope.
Hope is the catalyst for change. Without hope, we would never lift our eyes and
see the possibilities ahead of us. For those of us living with brain disorders, hope keeps us moving forward. The STARR recognizes the heroes within the coalition. Those living with symptoms - you are a hero, those who are caregivers - you are a hero, those who are advocates, researchers, developing new therapies, or striving to make the lives of those living with mental illness better - you are a hero!
Take a moment each day this month to say thank you to a hero. Each of you embody hope!
Join us next Thursday, May 23rd for ClinEdge Webinar
Join Luke Kramer, Executive Director of The STARR Coalition; Carlos A. Larrauri, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, NAMI National Board of Directors; Lorenzo Lewis, Founder and CEO, The Confess Project as they discuss cultural diversity and clinical research. A few topics to be discussed are Defining Cultural Diversity and Cultural Competency, the impact each of these have on the clinical trial recruitment process and the patient’s clinical trial experience, and how to intentionally and respectfully reach diverse patient populations for trials. This is open to anyone interested. Click the image above to register.
Ready to be a RockSTARR?
Do you want to support local advocacy? Do you want to empower volunteers to give back to their community? Do you want to strengthen the relationship between research sites and local advocacy? Project RockSTARR offers this and more! This innovative program can be incorporated into every study happening today, across all indications. If you want to learn more, watch the short video above and then call or email us at The STARR. A shout out to Verified Clinical Trials for their leadership in this amazing program! 501.944.8653 or luke@thestarr.org
Attending ASCP? Let's get together!
If you are attending this year's American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology Annual Meeting, then meet up with us! We are working to schedule time to talk with you, our stakeholders, about integrating Project RockSTARR, STARR 911 and other programs into your next trial. Email us at luke@thestarr.org
Spotlight on Michael Pollock, CEO,
Depression Bipolar Support Alliance
Last year, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) , the nation’s leading peer-directed national organization focusing on depression and bipolar disorder, announced Michael Pollack as their new CEO.
Pollock transitioned from Vice President, Workplace Strategies & Partner Engagement at the National Safety Council. He has more than 20 years’ experience leading nonprofit organizations.
In addition to a personal connection to the work and the mission of DBSA, Pollock also spent 14 years at United Way, mostly in metropolitan Chicago, where he was responsible
for increasing corporate, individual, and major gifts, and was part of the leadership team instrumental in implementing the merger of separate organizations into one area United Way.
In addition, he previously was responsible for external affairs at Thresholds, a well-known Chicago organization that provides healthcare, housing, and support for people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
Pollock holds a BS in business administration and MS in organizational development from Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio.
NAMI National announces new Acting CEO, Angela Kimball
Angela Kimball brings expertise in grassroots advocacy campaigns and mental health policy to NAMI, as well as a drive to fight inequities and champion better care for people with mental health conditions and their families.
Previously, she led NAMI's advocacy and public policy team and in a prior role, she worked on quality integration of Medicaid health, mental health, substance use and dental services as an Innovator Agent with the Oregon Health Authority. For several years, Angela served as NAMI’s Director of State Advocacy. She received several awards for her legislative work on children’s mental health reform and mental health parity. Welcome, Angela!
The STARR Coalition will travel to the following upcoming conferences.
If you plan on attending any of these, please let us know so we can meet up! If you would like us to attend your meeting, contact us at luke@thestarr.org.

American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP)
  Scottsdale, Arizona on May 28-31, 2019

Mental Health America National Convention
    Washington, DC on June 13-15, 2019

NAMI National Convention
   Seattle, Washington on June 19-27, 2019

CNS Summit
   Boca Raton on October 31- November 3, 2019
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