(Comprehensive Understanding via Research and Education into Schizophrenia)
The CURESZ Foundation was founded jointly by Dr. Henry A. Nasrallah and Bethany Yeiser in July 2016. Bethany was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2007. Under the care of her psychiatrist, Dr. Nasrallah, it became apparent that she was “treatment resistant,” because of persistent auditory hallucinations. Thanks to treatment with clozapine, Bethany’s symptoms disappeared completely, and she returned to her former self, allowing her to reengage in relationships, study, play the violin, and enjoy life with family and friends.
HOPE & RECOVERY
After her full recovery from psychosis, Bethany transferred to the University of Cincinnati, completed her required courses with nearly straight A’s, and received her molecular biology degree magna cum laude in 2011. In 2014, she published her memoir, Mind Estranged, which details her recovery after four years of homelessness and psychosis. Today, Bethany travels around the country sharing her journey of recovery, to inspire patients and families, and to help clinicians and other mental health professionals better understand the experience of schizophrenia symptoms and recovery, and how their patients can recover and return to their baseline.
In 2016, Bethany and Dr. Nasrallah assembled an outstanding board of psychiatrists, lawyers, parents of mentally ill persons, and other professionals from around the country to establish the CURESZ Foundation Board of Trustees. Bethany serves as President of the CURESZ Foundation, and Dr. Nasrallah as Vice President. The Foundation Officers also include a Secretary and a Treasurer.
The CURESZ Foundation seeks to correct many misconceptions about schizophrenia, and find practical and creative ways to eliminate the stigma. CURESZ educates students, mental health professionals, patients, families, and the general public through various media platforms. CURESZ is particularly interested in educating teenagers and college-age young adults about the early warning signs of schizophrenia, which often do not present until a patient is in his/her 20’s. We reassure students that serious mental illness is a medical disorder like hypertension or diabetes and that there should be no shame in taking a medication for any illness, including schizophrenia.
The CURESZ Foundation seeks contributions to conduct and fund educational and research projects that study risk factors for schizophrenia and related psychoses, and coping strategies for patients and their families. See more on our mission and vision.
The CURESZ logo is created from a silver ribbon (the color associated with schizophrenia) which makes up the left part of the “C.” Schizophrenia is abbreviated as “SZ,” and the green color, the official color for mental health. The shooting star symbolizes the excitement associated with overcoming schizophrenia via prevention, treatment, and eventually a cure, but this “star” also has a deliberate resemblance to a neuron with its axon, symbolizing schizophrenia as a neurobiological condition.