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Mental illness strikes people regardless of age, race, religion, education or income. The lifetime risk of developing a mental illness is 50 percent, with one out of two people in the course of their lifetime having either an episode of depression, a panic attack or post traumatic stress disorder, or developing conditions like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or obsessive compulsive disorder. Failure to treat mental illness may result in any number of potential consequences: loss of productivity at work, incarceration, homelessness and health care costs due to headaches, ulcers, cancer and other diseases.

At UCSF, we strive to set the standard for superior mental health care, and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty members are recognized for their leadership roles in state-of-the-art, comprehensive and compassionate patient care, pioneering research, excellence in training the next generation of leaders, and advancing public policy to promote mental health.

With your support, our exceptional scientists and clinicians will be able to expand our psychiatric programs and further improve their quality – resulting in life-saving advances in diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

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Your gift will allow our top researchers and clinicians the flexibility needed to move quickly in new directions in research and to pursue promising clinical applications swiftly. We are working to build bridges between research and clinical care, so that patients will benefit from our discoveries as soon as possible. With your support, our exceptional scientists and clinicians are able to translate promising ideas into new and better treatments for psychiatric patients.

As a public institution, our efforts are critically dependent on philanthropic donations from individuals, foundations, and industry. Your generosity will enable us to expand our programs and further improve their quality – resulting in life-saving advances in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Support from community members like you is crucial to our mission.

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For more information on supporting the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, please contact Erica Hipp at [email protected] or (415) 476-0506.