Your Support Makes a Difference

Mental Health Development Team Lisa Fabian, Nancy Davis & Courtney Metzger

Thank you for your interest in partnering with us to advance the important work of the U-M Department of Psychiatry! Your generosity can support a wide range of clinical, research, and educational opportunities that are transforming lives every day.

The U-M Department of Psychiatry has a number of ongoing initiatives that rely on supporters like you to have a vital impact. For more information on these priority initiatives or other meaningful ways to support the Department of Psychiatry, please reach out to our Mental Health Development Team:  [email protected]


Click here to read the Department of Psychiatry's 2023 Donor News and Impact Report


Departmental Giving Opportunities

Zero Suicide Initiative – 386383 

Gifts will support a system-wide, evidence-based suicide prevention initiative for Michigan Medicine's pediatric patients at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. The Zero Suicide model normalizes suicide prevention and care practices for staff, youth at risk, and their families as the expected standard of care.

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Chair’s Discovery Fund 312546

Great ideas sometimes languish for lack of even modest funding support. The Chair’s Discovery Fund is a resource for the chair to help innovative ideas get off the ground. This support will allow faculty scientists to collect enough data to demonstrate the promise and potential of their work as a basis to seek larger levels of funding through foundations and federal grant mechanisms.

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Psychiatry Annual Fund 340404

The Department of Psychiatry Annual Fund is critical to our success in advancing cutting edge research, innovative care and providing support to the future leaders in the clinic, classroom and laboratory for the benefit of those whose lives are affected by psychiatric illnesses.

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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Gift Fund 339247

Gifts will support the most urgent priorities related to child and adolescent mental wellness – including early identification, effective interventions, and strategies that will increase access to care.

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University of Michigan Addiction Innovation Fund 328885

The U-M Addiction Center conducts leading-edge research to prevent and treat addictions. This fund provides early funding for innovative approaches that will lead to scientific breakthroughs to advance the field.

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Special Legacy Initiatives

Abelson/Curtis Legacy Fund for Anxiety Disorders 702673

Supporting the clinical, educational, and scientific excellence of the U-M Anxiety Disorders Program

To honor Dr. James Abelson’s nearly three decades of leadership, the Department of Psychiatry announces the establishment of the Abelson/Curtis Legacy Fund which benefits the Anxiety Disorders Program while paying tribute to the founder of the program, George Curtis, M.D., and to Dr. Abelson for his many accomplishments over the years. 

As Dr. Abelson steps down as Anxiety Program director in 2023, he wishes to help the clinic’s third director, Sarah Bommarito, M.D., launch her leadership career with a legacy fund, mirroring the one bequeathed to him when he became the program’s second director. This fund will entwine the Abelson and Curtis names in a lasting way to support the clinic’s ongoing educational missions. Read more about the history of the Anxiety Disorders Program and this new fund that will support it.

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Michele B. Riba, M.D., Endowment Fund in Psychiatry 702575

Over the course of her career in academic medicine, Dr. Michelle Riba has helped hundreds of patients with complex medical conditions navigate the psychological and emotional effects of serious medical illnesses like cancer. She has been a valued resource to many family members as well. To recognize her many achievements while providing funds in perpetuity to carry on her important work after she retires, we have established the Michelle Riba, M.D., Endowment Fund in Psychiatry at the U-M Medical School.

We need partners to help maintain and advance the best psychiatric care for our medically ill patients and their families. Your support will help us achieve this in the name of Dr. Michelle Riba so that her legacy can endure at Michigan Medicine. Learn more about the the Michelle B. Riba, M.D., Endowment Fund in Psychiatry.

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