What is the ENGAGE Initiative?

Directed by Kelly E. Irwin, MD, MPH, the mission of the Cancer and Mental Health Collaborative, (ENGAGE) is to promote equity in cancer care for patients affected by mental illness, and to support their families and caregivers.

Through clinical innovation, research, education, and advocacy, we aim to save lives and improve the quality of life for individuals affected by mental illness and cancer.

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Why do you care about mental illness and cancer care? Help us raise awareness about how to ensure mental illness is never a barrier to cancer care. We want to hear from anyone who is moved by the idea of bridging the divide between cancer and mental illness.

We are a coalition of diverse people committed to bridging the divide between mental illness and cancer.

Join us in pledging that mental illness will never be a barrier to cancer care.

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We are a diverse group of people that are involved in many ways and our Initiative includes the following:

Resources to connect with crisis support and mental health services:

NAMI Compass HelpLine

Call: 617-704-6264 or 1-800-370-9085

Email: [email protected]

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Join us and our coalition in increasing conversation around these important issues
surrounding mental illness and cancer.

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“Surviving cancer means putting up the fight of your life. I know – I’ve been there. I want my fellow survivors, especially those who are vulnerable and alone because they suffer from mental illness, to have every chance to make THEIR fight successful.” – Erin Cummings

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we are a coalition dedicated to ensuring that mental illness is never a barrier to cancer care

This collaborative was partially funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (#7219-MGH).