Our Story

From the very first gift establishing the Huntsman Mental Health Institute at the University of Utah—before the Huntsman Mental Health Foundation even had a name—to our body of work today, the Huntsman Mental Health Foundation supports the Huntsman Mental Health Institute and its mission to transform mental health care through community, research, clinical, and education initiatives.

Our journey began with a passionate commitment by the Huntsman family to address the mental health crisis in the United States, and today, we stand as a formidable force striving to create a world where every individual’s mental well-being is cherished, and support is readily available. Our story is one of dedication, compassion, and transformation forged by personal experience.

Huntsman Family
Huntsman Family

“Mental health disorders are common. They are also preventable, treatable, and often curable.”

Christena Huntsman Durham

Executive Vice President, Huntsman Foundation

As a Foundation, our work is not finished until every person can access the mental health care they need without prejudice or discrimination. We’re building a more just world where mental health has parity with physical health and no one suffers in silence.

We are pursuing these goals through innovative partnerships and impactful investments that find new ways to leverage private capital and forge unique partnerships for mind and brain health. You can become a partner in this shared responsibility by contributing here.

Our Vision and Mission

At the Huntsman Mental Health Foundation, our vision is clear: we strive for a world where mental wellness is accessible to all, where funding is not an obstacle on the path to well-being. To achieve this, our mission is to harness the power of philanthropic support to break down the barriers that hinder mental wellness, both regionally and nationally.

Our Vision and Mission
Our Vision and Mission

"Mental health is a complex challenge that touches nearly everyone. To make a meaningful impact requires not only vision and focus, but bold collaborations and resources beyond what the Huntsman family has invested. We know that we cannot do this alone."


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Our Pledge to You

When you donate to the Huntsman Mental Health Foundation, you are investing in a multifaceted approach to fostering mental well-being, including substance use disorder support. Here's what your invaluable contributions enable us to accomplish:

Mental Health Advocacy

Your generous support empowers our advocacy initiatives like the Stop Stigma Together Coalition. We are dedicated to forging a world where individuals, including those facing substance use challenges, feel empowered to seek help without fear of judgment. With your backing, we can spearhead transformative change at local and national levels, gradually ushering in a brighter, stigma-free future for all.

Substance Use Disorder Support

We recognize that substance use disorders often intertwine with mental health concerns. Your philanthropic contributions fuel our capacity to provide access to care and support for individuals and families grappling with both issues. We offer tailored resources, access to rehabilitation programs, and guidance on the path to recovery and healing. Our Kem and Carolyn Gardner Crisis Care Center will house community services, training, and crisis care in one location including a medication-assisted treatment clinic for individuals with opiate use disorders.

Research and Innovation

Innovation stands at the core of our endeavor to revolutionize mental health and substance use care. At the Translational Research Center, researchers, educators, scientists, clinicians, students, and members of the community will have the opportunity to work in “neighborhoods” – or communities of practice – and coalesce around key issues, treatments, and training initiatives. Your financial support amplifies our capacity to fund groundbreaking research, explore innovative treatment options, and pioneer progressive strategies for prevention, early intervention, and holistic recovery.

Our Pledge to You
Our Pledge to You

Community Empowerment

At the heart of our foundation lies a commitment to empowering communities. With your invaluable support, we extend a lifeline to individuals and families navigating the complexities of mental health and substance use challenges. HMHI’s Mobile Crisis Outreach Teams (MCOT) go into the community and provide free, prompt, face-to-face responses to any resident of Salt Lake County who is experiencing a behavioral health crisis. Your contributions enable us to expand our reach, offer comprehensive support groups, and provide resources that foster healing, resilience, and interconnectedness.

Education and Awareness

Education serves as the linchpin in dismantling the barriers surrounding mental health and substance use. Your financial support amplifies our educational efforts, allowing us to create a vast repository of informative resources, host an array of impactful workshops, and launch sweeping awareness campaigns that not only challenge misconceptions but also promote empathy, understanding, and acceptance for those facing substance use disorders. Your support augments our ability to train and recruit tomorrow’s leaders in mental health.

Our Pledge to You
Our Pledge to You
Our Pledge to You
Our pledge to you
Our Core Values
1. Integrity

Integrity is at the core of everything we do. We commit to the highest standards of integrity in our practice, behavior, and resource allocation. As stewards of your generous gifts, we operate with transparency and accountability. We believe that integrity is not just about what we say, but what we do when no one else is looking. It’s about treating others as we would want to be treated, guided by the Golden Rule.

2. Transparency

Transparency is the bedrock of trust. We are dedicated to being transparent in our fundraising and reporting practices, strategies, and impact reporting. We use language that everyone can understand, share concrete examples, and ensure that our frameworks are accessible to all. We believe that by being open and honest, we maintain accountability and build trust within our community.

3. Collaboration

Collaboration is key to achieving our mission. We invest in long-term relationships and work closely with our donors, board, team, stakeholders, academic institutions, and the community. Together, we maximize our impact, align our efforts, and support one another to create lasting, systemic change. Collaboration is not just a word for us; it’s a commitment that we actively nurture.

4. Compassion

Compassion guides our interactions with others. We listen without judgment, encourage, accept, and support people in a kind and helpful manner. We actively foster a culture of support, kindness, and empathy. We believe that small acts of kindness can have a profound impact on collective wellness, and we strive to embody this belief in all that we do.

5. Continuous Learning

Learning is a lifelong journey, and we are committed to actively learning about mental health advocacy, research, philanthropy, and impact. We understand that to drive change, we must continuously expand our knowledge and adapt to new insights and challenges.

6. Inclusion

Inclusion is fundamental to our work. We welcome, respect, include, and value people of all backgrounds, orientations, abilities, and mental health states. We believe that by embracing diversity, we enrich our perspectives and create a more inclusive and equitable mental health landscape for all.

Your Generosity Ignites Change
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Every single donation, regardless of its size, plays a pivotal role in our mission. Your support translates into:

A more resounding voice advocating for mental health and substance use disorder reform.

Funding for groundbreaking research projects that could potentially change the trajectory of treatment.

Crucial support for individuals and families embarking on their journey toward recovery and healing, addressing both mental health and substance use issues.

A society that becomes increasingly enlightened and empathetic about the complexities of mental health and substance use challenges.