The mysteries of mental illness have never been closer to solution than now at the dawning of the 21st century. This exciting time of discovery offers abundant opportunities to increase scientific knowledge about behavior and the brain in health and illness. That knowledge, intriguing in its own right, can and must be used to save and enhance the lives of millions of Americans burdened by mental disorders and millions more at risk of illness.
The NIMH is uniquely positioned to translate scientific achievement in behavioral research into clinically relevant advances. But it must deploy wisely and consistently a powerful array of persuasive and communicative mechanisms to create the novel and sometimes risky collaborations and research paths essential to translational research. The Behavioral Science Workgroup offers to Steven E. Hyman, M.D., NIMH Director, and the NAMHC an action plan outlining a practical strategy for enhancing the clinical contributions of behavioral science and changing the face of mental health care in America.
Above content is taken from NIMH Website.