- The Washington Times - Monday, September 13, 2004

RUTHERFORD, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Staglin found out he had schizophrenia at age 18. The way his parents saw it, they suddenly had two problems.

One was the disease. The other was fear.

“No one wants to talk about it. No one wants to put it out there in the open,” said Garen Staglin, Mr. Staglin’s father and a Napa Valley vintner. “So we said, ‘Let’s get this as visible as possible.’”

The result was the Music Festival for Mental Health, celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. In addition to music, this past Saturday’s festival featured wine tasting, gourmet food and a lecture program.

So far, the festival has raised more than $22 million in direct and matching funds for mental-health research and treatment — and tried to shine a light on a much-misunderstood subject.

“The circle of hope — that really is an important part of what happens,” said the older Mr. Staglin. “Promising research leads to hope, which leads to openness, which leads to more people being willing to talk about it, and support and funding, which gives us the ability to get better research.”

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