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It’s all about impact

Philanthropy has played a remarkable role in the Depression Center’s accomplishments during its first decade, and it will continue to fuel our momentum in the decade ahead. So many individuals, families, and foundations have generously supported our efforts during this journey, and we share some of their stories here.

Expanding services for youth

“I believe that this is a population that is so often forgotten, or not heard. I feel fortunate to be in a position to help make a difference.” -Jo Elyn Frankel Nyman

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Honoring a life by investing in research and education

Todd Ouida lost his life in the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks. As a tribute to their son’s giving spirit and strength of character, Herb and Andrea Ouida established a permanent endowment in his name.

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Sparking innovation and inspiration

Entrepreneur Phil F. Jenkins established a research award to spur creative advances in the treatment or self-management of depression by empowering students and junior faculty to bring original ideas to life.

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Supporting young psychiatrists and communities in need

The Edwin and Mary Meader Memorial Fund helps prepare a new generation of clinician-scholars devoted to clinical care and research in child and adolescent psychiatry, a prime example of a legacy gift that carries tremendous impact.

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A lasting legacy

The overarching goal of the Oscar Stern award is to transform the quality of life of those living with depression and bipolar disorder by promoting innovative and translational research by Depression Center investigators.

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Partnering for quality care

The Michigan-based Ethel & James Flinn Foundation has provided over $3 million to the Depression Center and U-M Department of Psychiatry to support a shared vision of enhancing the lives of those living with mental illness.

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Remembering Joshua

“We want to do anything we can to bring about greater awareness about depression, particularly so that other parents won’t have to experience what we have." - Carl Stern

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Education for patients and families

"The center’s programs reach out and change lives every day, and we are honored to have a part in reaching as many people as possible through education and stigma reduction." - Nancy Bates, former FRIENDS President.

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Creating a healing environment

The Noble Plaza is dedicated in memory of Richard Scott (“Dick”) Noble, and was created to provide a peaceful space for reflection and healing.

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Identifying kids at risk

The Depression Center’s partnership with the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) has been going strong since 2007, thanks in no small part to the dedication of our active Depression Center Community Volunteer Committee.

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Supporting our troops

With a generous gift from the McCormick Foundation, the Depression Center, working closely with the Michigan Army National Guard, developed unique and replicable programs for veterans and their spouses.

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