Building Hope Together: Huntsman Mental Health Institute

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Manager, Public Relations and Communications, Huntsman Mental Health Institute University of Utah Health
Email: Patricia.Brandt@hsc.utah.edu

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Huntsman Mental Health Institute at the University of Utah released its 2023 annual report summarizing 12 months of innovative research, comprehensive patient care, and developing future mental health professionals. 

“It takes the courage of many to identify a problem and then develop methods to tackle it, piece by piece, conversation by conversation, person by person”, said Mark H. Rapaport, MD, CEO, Huntsman Mental Health Institute. “I’m incredibly proud of the remarkable progress we made this past year on a journey that will span many years and ultimately build hope through innovative ideas, universal acceptance, and deep engagement within the communities we serve.”

HIGHLIGHTS DURING THE FISCAL YEAR 2023 INCLUDE

Comprehensive patient care:

  • Our 1,500 employees cared for more than 16,000 patients, 96% of whom were based in Utah. Those patients made 72,500 visits to Huntsman Mental Health Institute in 2023.
  • Partnered with state and behavioral health stakeholders to conduct statewide needs assessment and collaborated on Utah’s Behavioral Health Master Plan.
  • Expanded and refined specialty care at the Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorder clinic and refined electroconvulsive therapy to provide an improved quality of life for those struggling with bipolar disorder.
  • Expanded therapies for medication-resistant mental health conditions through innovative programs such as Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy at the Park City clinic.

Leading practices in crisis care:

  • More than 1,000,000 SafeUT chat messages were facilitated for K-12 and higher education students, teachers, and staff, and 536 lifesaving interventions were made directly through the SafeUT app.
  • The Receiving Center began and completed an expansion to double capacity to serve more people in crisis, giving them an alternative to the emergency room and building a pathway to the 2025 opening of the Kem and Carolyn Gardner Mental Health Crisis Care Center.
  • Mental Health First Responders (MH1) served 221 University of Utah students in crisis, resulting in 93% of respondents diverted from the emergency room and preventing 86% of respondents from law enforcement involvement.

Bold research collaborations:

  • Built and continued 32 national and international research collaborations and celebrated national papers published on Genetics of Suicide Study and Overthinking Teens Rumination-Focused DBT Study.
  • Huntsman Mental Health Institute hosted the inaugural Mental Health, Brain, and Behavioral Science Research Day bringing together people from across the University of Utah campus to share their work and ideas.
  • Broke ground on the new Mental Health Translational Research Building.

Breaking mental health stigma and elevating the importance of mental health:

  • Launched a national anti-stigma campaign in collaboration with the Ad Council.
  • Pursued legislative support for mental health initiatives to help the state of Utah, including expansion of the crisis care continuum with HB 71, titled “Behavioral Health Crisis Response Commission Amendments.”
  • Expanded the Huntsman Mental Health Foundation’s ability to support donor giving to support many aspects of mental health care.

Building the future of mental health care:

  • Launched a new six-week music therapy internship program to increase the number of certified music therapists in Utah.
  • Expanded residency opportunities in general psychiatry to 14 places per year, including rural Idaho, and dedicated research tracks.
  • Increased general psychiatry residents by 22% over two years and psychiatry program applicants increased 42% over two years.

Read the annual report now

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About Huntsman Mental Health Institute
Huntsman Mental Health Institute at the University of Utah brings together 75 years of patient care, research, and education into one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers focused on mental health. Nestled in the campus of University of Utah, Huntsman Mental Health Institute serves the community with 1,600 faculty and staff in 20 locations providing inpatient and outpatient services for youth, teens, and adults as well as a comprehensive crisis care model which includes the nationally recognized SafeUT app and the 988 Crisis hotline for Utah. Our mission is to advance mental health knowledge, hope, and healing for all. Learn more at: healthcare.utah.edu/HMHI and join the conversation on InstagramFacebookTikTokX and LinkedIn.


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Juntos Construimos La Esperanza: El Instituto Huntsman de Salud Mental Publica Su Informe Annual 2023

Contacto de Prensa:
Nayeli Hernàndez
Spanish-Language Communications Specialist, Public Affairs, University of Utah Health
Email: Nayeli.Hernandez@hsc.utah.edu

Information in English

El Instituto Huntsman de Salud Mental de la Universidad de Utah ha publicado su informe anual 2023, que resume 12 meses de investigación innovadora, atención integral a los pacientes y desarrollo de futuros profesionales de la salud mental. 

“Se necesita el coraje de muchos para identificar un problema y luego desarrollar métodos para abordarlo, pieza por pieza, conversación por conversación, persona por persona”, dijo Mark H. Rapaport, doctor y director general del Instituto Huntsman de Salud Mental. “Estoy increíblemente orgulloso de los avances notables que hemos logrado este último año en un trayecto que abarcará muchos años y, en última instancia, construirá esperanza a través de ideas innovadoras, aceptación universal y un profundo compromiso dentro de las comunidades a las que servimos.”

ENTRE LOS LOGROS MÁS DESTACADOS DURANTE EL AÑO FISCAL 2023 SE INCLUYEN

Atención integral al paciente:

  • Durante el pasado año, nuestros 1.500 empleados brindaron atención a más de 16.000 pacientes, siendo el 96% de ellos residentes de Utah. En total, se llevaron a cabo 72.500 visitas al Instituto Huntsman de Salud Mental en 2023.
  • Trabajamos en estrecha colaboración con las autoridades estatales y de salud conductual para realizar una evaluación exhaustiva de las necesidades en todo el estado. Además, participamos activamente en la elaboración y ejecución del  Plan Maestro de Salud Conductual de Utah
  • Hemos expandido y perfeccionado la atención especializada en la clínica de Trastornos del Estado de Ánimo Resistentes al Tratamiento. Asimismo, hemos mejorado la terapia electroconvulsiva para elevar la calidad de vida de las personas con trastorno bipolar.
  • Implementamos terapias innovadoras para tratar trastornos mentales resistentes a la medicación, como la psicoterapia asistida con ketamina en nuestra clínica de Park City.

Prácticas líderes en la atención en crisis:

  • A través de la aplicación SafeUT, se proporcionaron más de 1.000.000 mensajes de chat a estudiantes, profesores y personal educativo. Además, se realizaron 536 intervenciones que salvaron vidas directamente.
  • Nuestro Centro de Recepción completó una expansión que duplicó su capacidad, ofreciendo una alternativa a las salas de urgencias. Estamos en camino de abrir el Centro de Atención de Crisis de Salud Mental Kem y Carolyn Gardner en 2025.
  • Los Socorristas de Salud Mental (MH1 por sus siglas en inglés) atendieron a 221 estudiantes de la Universidad de Utah en crisis, logrando desviar al 93% de ellos de la sala de urgencias y evitando que el 86% se viera involucrado en intervenciones policiales.

Iniciativas de Investigación en Colaboración:

Combatir el Estigma de la Salud Mental y Resaltar su Importancia:

  • Lanzzamos una campaña nacional contra el estigma en colaboración con el Ad Council.
  • Abogamos por el apoyo legislativo a iniciativas de salud mental, incluyendo la expansión del continuo de atención en crisis con el HB 71, titulado “Enmiendas a la Comisión de Respuesta a las Crisis de Salud Mental”.
  • Ampliamos la capacidad de la Fundación Huntsman para la Salud Mental para respaldar donaciones destinadas a diversos aspectos de la atención a la salud mental.

Construyendo el Futuro de la Atención a la Salud Mental:

  • Lanzzamos un nuevo programa de formación en musicoterapia de seis semanas para aumentar el número de musicoterapeutas titulados en Utah.
  • Expandimos las oportunidades de residencia en psiquiatría general a 14 plazas al año, incluyendo zonas rurales de Idaho, y creamos vías dedicadas a la investigación.
  • Experimentamos un aumento del 22% en los residentes de psiquiatría general en dos años y un aumento del 42% en los solicitantes de programas de psiquiatría en el mismo periodo.

Lea el informe anual

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Acerca del Instituto Huntsman de Salud Mental
El Instituto de Huntsman de Salud Mental de la Universidad de Utah reúne 75 años de atención al paciente, investigación y educación en uno de los principales centros médicos académicos del país centrado en la salud mental. Ubicado en el campus de la Universidad de Utah, el Instituto Huntsman de Salud Mental atiende a la comunidad con 1.600 profesores y personal en 20 centros que ofrecen servicios de hospitalización y ambulatorios para jóvenes, adolescentes y adultos, así como un modelo integral de atención en crisis que incluye la aplicación SafeUT, reconocida a nivel nacional, y la línea de atención telefónica 988 Crisis para Utah. Nuestra misión es avanzar en el conocimiento de la salud mental, la esperanza y la curación para todos. Más información en: healthcare.utah.edu/HMHI y participe en la conversación en InstagramFacebookTikTokX y LinkedIn.


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The Huntsman Family Foundation and James “JB” Brown Emmy Award Broadcaster Announce Global Movement to End Stigma of Mental Health

The Huntsman Family Foundation is heading to Las Vegas to continue its groundbreaking movement to end the stigma associated with Mental Health, Suicide, and Addiction.

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 2, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Huntsman Family Foundation is heading to Las Vegas to begin its groundbreaking “Message of Hope” to end the stigma associated with Mental Health, Suicide, and Addiction. The Huntsman Family Foundation is committed to providing comprehensive cancer treatment, mental health, and substance use disorders treatment. Through groundbreaking research and support, we cultivate hope and remind you, “You are not the only one.” The Huntsman Family Foundation will be working with James “JB” Brown, the host of CBS NFL Today, as it engages with several long-standing initiatives that lift humanity and increase awareness, including:

  • Super Bowl Soul Celebration – Super Bowl Soulful Celebration (known as Super Bowl Gospel Celebration in previous years) is the First & Only inspirational concert and television special sanctioned by the NFL. For the past 24 years, only SBSC has created an inspirational Fusion of NFL Players with award-winning musical artists from the gospel and R&B Music Industry, along with critical celebrities all on one stage to bring audiences an evening of uplifting music and messages of hope & faith at the Biggest Game On Earth! – Airing on CBS Network- Saturday, February 10, 2024
  • Vincent Country’s Safe Zone Activity Day & Stay A While Podcast on Radio Row – In the host city of the Big Gamel, VINCENT COUNTRY provides a safe zone of jubilee for children living in underserved areas. Students from a local school enjoy a day of fun, food, and sports activities led by NFL Legend and Executive Vice President for Football Operations with the NFL, Troy Vincent, and his wife, Tommi Vincent, in a worry-free zone. Check out this story. Stay A While is a podcast satisfying our hunger for connection and a judgment-free conversation. Host Tommi Vincent breaks bread every episode with bold, passionate, everyday women who have faced the impossible and are still standing to share their stories. Tune in and listen to Tommi, Tonja Myles, and Christena Huntsman Durham (Follow Chef Tommi V on Instagram and Tick Tok and, Stay A While Show, NFL on DAZN, and Nausicaa Dell’Orto)

“Stigma is just another word for prejudice and ignorance, and there’s too much of that directed towards people who suffer from mental health,” said David Huntsman, President of the Foundation.

“Mental Health challenges reach every segment of global society, from the curbside to the Country Club—from the GenZ (and younger) to Boomer (and older). However, we must instill hope. We want each person to know you are not the only one. Said Tonja Myles – Community Engagement Advisor to The Huntsman Family Foundation. As a Foundation, the Huntsman Family fully believes their work is not finished until every person can access the mental health care they need without prejudice or discrimination. The family is building a more just world where mental health has parity with physical health, and no one suffers in silence.”

The Objectives of the Work:

1. Advance Accessible Treatment: Expand access to state-of-the-art cancer treatment, mental health, and substance use disorders treatment for all individuals in need.

2. Pioneer Innovative Research: Lead pioneering research initiatives in cancer and mental health, driving breakthroughs that transformed treatment methods and outcomes.

3. Foster Holistic Support: Provide comprehensive support services to address the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of individuals battling cancer and mental health conditions.

4. Promote Community Education: Educate the community on cancer prevention, mental health awareness, and substance use disorders to foster understanding and compassion.

5. Cultivate Hope and Resilience: Empower individuals and families with a message of hope, resilience, and solidarity, creating a supportive environment where no one feels alone on their journey to healing.

6. Eradicate stigma from mental health and substance use disorders through education, awareness, outreach, and community collaborations.

Christena Huntsman Durham, Executive Vice President of The Huntsman Family Foundation, states, “We are pursuing these goals through our $150 million family gift establishing the Huntsman Mental Institute given to the University of Utah. We are finding new ways to leverage private capital through innovative partnerships, impactful investments, and forge unique collaborations. This will ensure we can integrate our mental health into our physical well-being.

Key partners are the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and countless Schools, Colleges & Universities, Community-based organizations, and NAMI National and Vibrant Emotional Health.

The Huntsman Family Foundation Commissioned Game Meets Game, the Non-Profit Arm of Professional Pipeline Development Group (PPDG), a boutique Management Consulting Firm based in Washington DC. as a collaborative partner to identify venues and platforms, such as the most significant sporting events and influential gatherings through which the message and mission grow. As a long-standing partner, JB brings his trusted voice and influence to cause related issues requiring game-changing solutions. (Visit Game Meets Game here and PPDG here)

“It was clear to me that the Huntsman Family was committed to providing compassionate clinical care while working to make support accessible and effective. That is the heart of the matter for me,” says James Brown. “It is humbling to work alongside this work, knowing they are focused on young people, empowering them with the tools to navigate the complexities of mental health in a changing world.”

About The Huntsman Family Foundation

Jon Huntsman Sr. was an American industrialist, businessman, and philanthropist who founded the Huntsman Corporation. His family has been actively involved in philanthropy, particularly cancer and mental health. Jon Huntsman Sr. and his family established the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Huntsman Mental Health Institute, and Huntsman Mental Health Foundation at the University of Utah.

The Huntsmans are widely recognized for their humanitarian giving, including contributions to the homeless, the ill, and the underprivileged, exceeding $1.5 billion in 2018. The Chronicle of Philanthropy placed Jon and Karen Huntsman second on their 2007 list of largest American donors. In 2015, Jon Huntsman was awarded the Philanthropy Roundtable’s Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy Award.


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