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April 11, 2011

Waltraud (“Wally”) Prechter Honored as Mental Health Advocate

Waltraud (“Wally”) Prechter, the founder of the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund, is being honored by the Mental Health Association in Michigan at their Annual Tribute Dinner on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Glen Oaks Golf Course in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

As taken from Mental Health Association in Michigan’s website:

“The Board, staff and membership of the Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM) are thrilled to honor Waltraud (Wally) Prechter. Her tireless advocacy efforts have proven valuable to those experiencing mental illness.

MHAM is the state’s oldest advocacy organization for persons experiencing mental illness, having been incorporated in 1937. MHAM’s main focus has always been policy analysis and governmental advocacy for state regulatory action benefiting adults and minors with mental illness. We believe we can achieve the greatest good for the greatest number through this approach, as there are two-million Michiganians experiencing some manner of mental disorder annually with over 500,000 of these representing serious cases.

MHAM has been in the forefront of virtually every state policy matter significantly affecting persons with mental illness for over 70 years. Among our present focal points are: reducing the flow of persons with mental illness into adult and juvenile justice systems; protecting access to mental health medications; ending insurance discrimination that exists against mental illness; improving the rights accorded mental health service recipients; and following-up on the recommendations made in 2004 by the Governor’s Commission on Mental Health, which we helped establish and on which we served.
Mrs. Prechter served as Co-Chair of the Governor’s Commission. Mrs. Prechter also served on President Bush’s New Freedom (mental health) Commission, and has worked diligently to combat stigma and educate the public and policy-makers about mental illness.

Mental Health Matters Every Day! A strong advocate of health education for many years, Wally Prechter established the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund in memory of her late husband to advance breakthrough medical research to develop cures for bipolar disorder. Please join us in honoring her for her tremendous dedication and service.

Joanne Sheldon, Board Chair
Mark Reinstein, Ph.D., President and CEO
MHAM is affiliated with Mental Health America and is partly funded by local United Ways.”