The UW Medicine Campaign for Mental Health and Wellness is the first major initiative at UW focused on raising much needed funding for mental health research, treatment, education and policy. Led by UW Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the $50 million campaign will bring together the efforts of UW Medicine and its broad set of collaborators across the UW campus and in the community to improve mental health in our region.
There is no health without mental health
Washington state is experiencing a mental health crisis. A severe shortage of highly trained clinical professionals creates a bottleneck to treatment access, with wait times ranging from one month to a year. The majority of people in need of treatment do not receive effective help, reflected most tragically by 2-3 Washingtonians dying by suicide every day. The unacceptable truth is that Washington ranks 47th in the nation for its mental health services.
We can do something about the mental health crisis in Washington, and UW Medicine is central to a collaborative solution. UW Psychiatry is a world leader in innovation, creating evidence-based programs that improve access and outcomes of mental health care. As the only academic psychiatry department in the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) and the largest psychiatry training program in the country, we’re poised to support and transform the region’s mental health needs. The main goal of the UW Medicine Campaign for Mental Health and Wellness is to save and change lives today and build a better tomorrow by improving access to care that works.
Initial Campaign Priorities
Our Campaign will support innovations that inspire healthcare professionals, change healthcare practices and service delivery, and improve the quality of life for people and families in our region. Initial campaign priorites include:
Philanthropic support from individuals who share our passion for improving the lives of those with mental illness is crucial to our success. If you would like to learn more about our Campaign, our initial priorities, or the broader scope of work that we do, or if you would like to support our work through financial or other contributions, we would love to hear from you.
Assistant Director for Philanthropy
UW Medicine Advancement
Seattle, WA 98195-8045
Phone: 206 221-0635
Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA
Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
1959 Pacific Ave NE, BB-1644
Seattle, WA 98195>