It is a fact of life that for each of us health and disease exist in a delicate balance. Our society has made significant progress at understanding the fact that we all deal with some physical health challenge; thankfully in America, it is now acceptable to have mobility problems, be a cancer survivor, or require a special diet. However, the stigma of brain diseases such as mental illness remains very pervasive.
We estimate that about 100,000 Arizona residents live with a severe mental illness. They are our children, other family members, friends, and neighbors, and they overcome some of the most challenging symptoms imaginable -- many times alone and secretively. People with severe mental illnesses want hope and understanding; they wish to contribute to society and not burden anyone; they want to live in the light of acceptance rather than shame and neglect; and they need our compassion and understanding rather than pity and fear.
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Every one of us has experienced mental illness in some capacity, be it mild or severe - whether it is our own or that of a family member or friend who has needed mental health care at a point in their lives. There is no reason for any stigma to remain for those who seek and need psychiatric support.
Still, people encounter challenges in seeking care unfortunately. This may include difficulties in finding local information, long waiting times before being seen by a provider, insufficient or lack of insurance coverage for care, inavailability of treatment, or poor treatment response.
We know there is a dire shortage of psychiatrists in Arizona, and, in fact, we provide the only accredited training programs for adult, child & adolescent psychiatry in Southern Arizona.
How could your donation help?
By donating to our department, you can strengthen our ability to provide care to those who need it in a timely, skilled, and caring manner. You can enhance our training of future psychiatrists and psychologists. You can allow our groundbreaking research to continue with the hope of better understanding mechanisms behind disease and improved treatments.
We ask that you consider a donation to our department. This support may even enable us to help you, your loved one, or a friend in the future.
For more information
University of Arizona
College of Medicine – Tucson
Department of Psychiatry
Attn: Kathleen Dostalik
2800 E. Ajo Way
Tucson AZ 85713
You may mail your gift directly to the Department of Psychiatry, or you may make your donation online by clicking on the button above to donate securely through the University of Arizona Foundation. (Receipts are sent by the University of Arizona Foundation.)