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 carry out the work of the U-M Department of Psychiatry! Your generosity will support the wide range of clinical, research, and educational opportunities available within the department 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 initiatives and other ways of supporting the Department of Psychiatry, please reach out to our Mental Health Development Team: [email protected]

Departmental Giving Opportunities

Chair’s Discovery Fund

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

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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Abelson/Curtis Legacy Fund for Anxiety Disorders 

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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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Gift Fund

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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Early Psychosis Innovation Fund

Gifts to the Early Psychosis Innovation Fund will be used to support innovative approaches to advance the mission and vision of the Program for Risk Evaluation and Prevention (PREP) Early Psychosis Clinic.

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Geriatric Psychiatry Gift Fund

Our mission is to transform aging through innovative multidisciplinary mental health and dementia education, advocacy, clinical care and research to maximize the quality of life for patients, families and their communities.  Contributions to this fund will help support this mission by supporting pilot projects, education and training in new approaches, and community outreach.

General Fund  |  Trainee Travel Fund

Psychiatry Education and Outreach Fund

Help fund educational programming for patients and their families, community members, students, educators, healthcare providers and others touched by mental illness and addiction disorders.

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Psychiatric Emergency Services Gift Fund 

Gifts will support innovative programs and services to assist staff in improving the management of behavioral health emergencies in Psychiatric Emergency Services.

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Sleep and Circadian Research Discovery Fund

To fund novel sleep and circadian research

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Trauma and Grief Clinic Gift Fund

Gifts to the Trauma and Grief Clinic enable us to innovate around care, services and community outreach to children, adolescents and families who have significant histories of trauma or are facing trauma or bereavement. Our goal is to promote understanding and healing and to provide this population with care that is individually tailored to their developmental, cultural and other needs.

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Youth Support Team for Suicide Prevention

The YST program allows teens to choose their own care team (a coach, teacher, relative, neighbor, etc.) to help keep them mentally well. Your gift will enable us to learn more about how this intervention is helping suicidal teens and saving lives.

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Zero to Thrive Gift Fund

Zero to Thrive leverages experts across the University of Michigan and the state to promote positive health in the first 1000 days of life. Programming includes parenting interventions that strengthen families facing adversity to improve parent and child mental health.

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Addiction Center Giving Opportunities

University of Michigan Addiction Innovation Fund

Gifts to the University of Michigan Addiction Center Innovation fund will be used for innovative approaches and activities that help to prevent, treat, and support recovery from addiction. Together, we can create a better future.

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University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services Fund

U-M Addiction Treatment Services delivers state-of-the-art treatment to promote recovery from addictions. This fund supports education and training of providers in novel state-of-the-art treatment approaches.

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