One Mind is a patient-led and patient-centric leading mental health non-profit that focuses on healing the lives of people impacted by brain illness and injury. Influenced by their son Brandon’s schizophrenia diagnosis, Shari and Garen Staglin launched One Mind in 1995 to bridge the gaps that they saw in mental health research funding and patient support.
Since then, One Mind has become a leading mental health non-profit that catalyzes comprehensive action across the scale of the brain health crisis, working from science to patients to society. Moving towards our VISION of HEALTHY BRAINS FOR ALL, One Mind is accelerating treatments and cures for mental disorders and providing hope to patients and their families.
Garen is the Co-Founder and Board Chairman of One Mind (formerly the International Mental Health Research Organization), a 501c(3) non-profit organization.
During the last twenty years, One Mind and the Staglin’s Music Festival for Brain Health have raised more than $400 million for mental health charities and research. Launched in 2011 with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and now led by President, Brandon Staglin, One Mind is pursuing a number of large-scale public-private partnerships in Schizophrenia, TBI, and PTS as well as funding cutting-edge research with 30 rising star scientists.
Garen is a private equity investor and philanthropist with more than 40 years of experience in building and starting companies in the financial services and payment industries. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Silicon Valley Bank, ExL Services, NVoice Payments and Profit Velocity Solutions. He is also a Senior Advisor to FTV Capital. Garen is a graduate of UCLA, B.S.-Engineering (1966), and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, MBA (1968). He is a recipient of the Gold Spike Award, Stanford University’s highest award for volunteer service and the UCLA College of Letters & Science Fellows Award. He is Co-Chairman of the UCLA Centennial Capital Campaign.
He and Shari, and their children, Brandon and Shannon, are founders of the STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARD, a 64-acre estate in Rutherford, California.
Patrick is a co-founder of One Mind and served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2013, Mr. Kennedy turned his attention to his passion for mental health parity by founding The Kennedy Forum, a non-profit whose mission is to lead a national dialogue on transforming mental health and addiction care delivery.
He is predominantly known as the author and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008. This dramatic piece of legislation provides access to mental health treatment to tens of millions of Americans who previously were denied care.
Congressman Kennedy has authored and co-sponsored dozens of bills to increase the understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders, including the National Neurotechnology Initiative Act, the Genomics and Personalized Medicine Act, the COMBAT PTSD Act, and the Alzheimer’s Treatment and Caregiver Support Act.
In 2017, Kennedy was appointed to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Kennedy’s personal contributions focused on the declaration of a federal emergency and strong parity recommendations.
Also in 2017, after seeing the need for evidence-based interventions in behavioral health and addiction, along with Marjorie Morrison, Kennedy co-founded PsycHub, an educational tech platform designed to change the healthcare ecosystem and how behavioral health is consumed.
Patrick’s most important achievement continues to be leveraging his powerful family legacy in the arenas of civil rights, mental health, and intellectual disabilities to advance the cause of social justice and health equity for all people.
We seek guidance from the lived experience community and elevate their voice and needs in important conversations and decisions.
We create true value when we work together with key partners across sectors and institutions to bolster existing initiatives and fill gaps when needed.
We incentivize a collaborative research culture that promotes free sharing of ideas, methods, and data, to speed up brain health discoveries and their translation into diagnostics and cures.
MENTAL HEALTH IS BRAIN HEALTH
We combat stigma by raising public awareness of mental health conditions by communicating them as disorders of the brain, rooted in biology and not as a character flaw of the individual.
We secure and leverage major funding from philanthropy, government, and industry for patient-centered brain research and scalable implementation of improved diagnostics and treatments.
We bring together innovative and influential scientists, clinicians, patient advocacy groups, industry leaders, health care providers and policy makers to identify and solve important problems in brain health.
We use our voice and resources to build support for more research funding, to combat the stigma, and to shape a policy and legislative agenda that better serves the lived experience community.