How your gift helps the Department of Psychiatry
The psychiatrists and psychologists and other clinicians in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences are here because we have a deep commitment to relief of the suffering that accompanies mental illness. We do everything in our power to get people better with the tools we have available to us. And most of the time, thank goodness, we make a real difference for people. But we are aware that our tools are far from as good as we would like them to be. We need to do better.
Many of our care providers are also engaged in the process of discovery. They are working to discover new treatments, and to better deploy existing ones. They are studying how best to get the right treatments to the right patients at the right times. And scientists are part of these efforts too. These include people studying the genetic basis of mental illness, looking at how glitches emerge in the ill brain, and designing new treatments that can zero in on identified brain targets.
Our missions are to heal patients by making use of the best information available and coupling it with compassion, to generate new knowledge that will lead to better treatments, and to train the next generation in how best to carry these important efforts forward. We invite you to join us so that together we can advance these missions. Together we can push back the frontiers of ignorance about mental illness, and usher in a time when treatments are more effective and faster acting, and cause fewer side effects.
More effective approaches to care lie ahead. They will hopefully benefit us, but they will certainly benefit our children and our grandchildren. You can help get us there.
"Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences attracts and trains the most outstanding, dedicated physicians in the world. I know, because when I was at the lowest point of depression, mine pulled out all the stops to help me, to get me back to enjoying life. They thought outside the box; in fact, they collapsed the box entirely.
Committed to their patients, Johns Hopkins doctors not only work to provide the best treatments available today, they are creating the next generation of psychiatry with potentially life-altering discoveries for tomorrow. Let's do what we can to support the people who make Hopkins Psychiatry so unique."
– Gilbert Lamphere, Johns Hopkins Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board member
"My wife and best friend of more than 60 years has Alzheimer’s disease. She is cared for by Johns Hopkins scientists. Their expertise and kindness personalize every aspect of our special relationship with Psychiatry. We are patients and now donors, as well – a new and important role. We give with gratitude and appreciation for the humanity of the care, the personalization of every aspect and the expertise. Because we believe in Johns Hopkins and have a special relationship with Psychiatry, we help its scientists.
Our support makes a difference in the lives of others and includes funding for research and volunteering in research programs. We hope that you, too, choose to support this area of care and research or another."
– John Alden
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