December 8, 2021

Psychiatry's fundraising effort for Giving Tuesday a success

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated 

Our department is delighted to share that our “Giving Tuesday” campaign benefiting our Nyman Family Unit for Child & Adolescent Mental Health & Wellness in C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital was a great success! Donors made 82 gifts, totaling nearly $8,000 — surpassing our goal of $5000. We are overwhelmed by the heartwarming response from so many generous individuals who came together to help enhance the care we provide to this vulnerable young population. Also, as one of the first programs to reach 50 percent of our goal, we were able to qualify for a matching gift from the University of Michigan — further maximizing the impact of gifts made.

The mission of the Nyman Family Unit for Child & Adolescent Mental Health & Wellness is to provide exemplary patient-centered and evidence-based treatment while promoting dignity and respect in a safe and healing environment.

The workbook that will be edited, adapted and professionally printed. 

The gifts made on Giving Tuesday mean that we can finally redesign and professionally print our inpatient workbooks. These workbooks of 60+ pages are given to every child upon admission to the unit and are critical tools for them to use on a daily basis as they work toward recovery.

When many of our patients arrive, they have already experienced serious mental illness, often with a history of trauma, abuse, and/or neglect. Sadly, some have not developed tools that allow them to regulate emotions, further compounding their difficult situations. Many patients come from families who face multiple challenges and are often unable to model healthy behaviors and coping strategies. Treating these children and adolescents is challenging work of the highest priority, and the Nyman Unit strives to make a difference in the lives of these patients by helping them improve how they function at school and at home, as well as in their relationships with family and others. Resources like the workbook for which the money was raised are a vital part of the unit's program.

"Thank you to all donors for their participation in this collective effort. It not only ensures we can improve these critical resources for our patients, but it also demonstrates that you care about these kids and that their mental health matters. On behalf of the many whose lives your generosity will touch, thank you." - Nancy Davis, Development Director