Where Your Gift is Needed

Your financial support can make a difference in just about everything we do – from patient care to education and outreach; from research to facilities and operations. A brief description of these areas of need is provided below, with links to greater detail. For more information, please contact us.

Executive Director's Innovation Fund: Treatment in the Era of Information Technology

The most innovative ideas are those least likely to be funded by grant-making agencies. The Executive Director's Innovation Fund was established in 2005 to implement creative, new, and bold ideas that help us achieve our mission and provide national leadership in conquering depression and bipolar disorder. Innovations in research, treatment, education and public policy are supported by this fund, with a special focus on using the latest information technology, bioengineering, and biomedical advances to address depression and bipolar. Examples include the development of interactive web-based tools for patient self-management, personalized tailored messages, and cost-effective tele-health strategies for delivering care in outlying areas. Read more about some of the work supported by Innovation Fund awards.

Patient Care

Depression can occur at any stage of life – particularly times of major change and stress. It often co-exists with, and can accelerate, other health conditions. Yet, mental healthcare traditionally happens in isolation of other medical disciplines and is difficult to access for those most in need.

The University of Michigan Depression Center’s strategy is to diagnose and treat depression as early as possible, when it can be most successfully treated. For this reason, patients are screened for depression in primary and specialty care settings where they are most likely to present, including:

  • Family medicine practices
  • Obstetrics clinics
  • Geriatric clinics
  • Cancer and cardiovascular centers
  • College student health services and middle and secondary schools

Patients who need specialized depression treatment are seen in the Depression Center where clinicians specializing in major depressive and bipolar disorders, and related illnesses such as anxiety and substance abuse problems, are treated. This pro-active and coordinated care approach helps to detect depression early and provide the best diagnosis and treatment possible. You can help make a significant impact by financially supporting the Depression Center’s unique approach to patient care.

Education & Community Outreach

Through the Center’s education and outreach programs, we provide the most current and accurate information on the diagnosis, treatment and care of depressive illnesses. By doing so, we aim to diminish the stigma often associated with depression that can prevent people from seeking the care they need.

We serve two important audiences:

  • The general public, including patients, families, the media, corporate and government leaders, healthcare policy experts; and
    • Academics, including students, faculty, researchers and professionals in medicine, public health, nursing, psychology and social work.

By supporting our education and outreach efforts, you will help us to change the way people view depression and thereby impact our ability to diagnose and treat it effectively.


The Depression Center is constantly expanding its research efforts to develop new knowledge about the origins of depression. Our collaborative approach breaks down the invisible barriers between behavioral, cognitive and neuro-scientific research.

This cross-institutional approach leads to advances in neuro-imaging, molecular genetics, microarray genetics, pharmacogenetics, brain studies, sleep and chronophysiology research, psychosocial research, neuro-endocrine and neuro-peptide research, as well as creating the bioinformatics infrastructure required to support and accelerate such investigations.

The Center’s clinical research strategy involves studies on the causes of depression, new medications, clinical outcomes and the efficacy of biological and psychosocial interventions.

Help support this highly innovative and multi-disciplinary approach to research. Learn about some of the innovative research at the Depression Center made possible through donor support.

Facilities and Operations

Our ability to do what we do every day relies heavily on the quality and upkeep of our facilities and on their smooth operation. While these aspects should be invisible to those visiting the Depression Center, facilities – even new ones – and their daily operation require support. Gifts to the Depression Center Construction Fund can also help us make our new facility a more inviting and comfortable place for patients and families.

Faculty and Student Support

We strive to have the very best and the brightest clinicians and researchers working in the field of depression. Support for named professorships, research assistants, equipment and other ways to attract and retain stellar faculty is a key area of need. You can also help us train the next generation of “depressionologists” who will provide the breakthroughs in research and treatment in the future.