inaugural Los Angeles events were organized by Hal and Patsy Hollister,
longtime NARSAD board members and the founders of
Artworks. The Hollisters' involvement with NARSAD began not long
after their daughter, Annick, was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age
of 16. She was the motivation behind their interest in NARSAD and
the inspiration behind Artworks
which they founded in 1990. Since that time, a large group of
Southern Californians have joined this volunteer effort to bring NARSAD’s message of Hope Through Research
to the West Coast through the establishment of the annual Silver Ribbon
Symposium and Gala.
Silver Ribbon is trademarked to promote awareness for the need of
support for persons affected by a brain disorder or disability.
NARSAD presents Silver Ribbon Awards to individuals, programs,
institutions and organizations that have made an extraordinary
contribution in support of those with neuropsychiatric disorders or mental illness.
is leading the fight against mental illness by funding innovative
scientific research on the causes, treatment and prevention of a range
of mental disorders, including schizophrenia, depression, bipolar
disorder, anxiety, eating disorders, autism, ADD/ADHD, and other adult
and childhood disorders. When NARSAD began in 1987 as the National
Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, it was a small
movement of family and friends of the mentally ill determined to find
the answers to severe mental illnesses. In just 20 years, through the
generosity and commitment of thousands of donors, NARSAD has become the
world’s largest donor-supported charity dedicated to funding research on
mental disorders. The organization has provided more than $200 million
in research grants to nearly 2,500 scientists at more than 400 leading
research centers in the United States and 25 other countries.