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The UW Medicine Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions is awarding over $1 million to develop and test innovative approaches to caring for adolescents and young adults with mental health and addiction problems. The Innovation Grants will go to 12 UW faculty-led teams representing 7 UW schools and colleges, 12 departments and divisions and numerous UW- and community-based centers, institutes and organizations.

The focus on adolescent and young adult mental health was driven by the steadily increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts in adolescents and young adults over the past decade. These troubling trends have only worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded topics range from addressing suicide risk in primary care settings to providing pediatric telebehavioral health consultation to community hospital emergency departments.

The funded innovations:

Read more on the Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions website, plus find a a full list of projects, collaborators and descriptions.

The Institute was founded in in 2019 with a $50 million donation to UW Medicine by local philanthropists Lynn and Mike Garvey with a goal to fast-track treatments for patients with mental health, addiction and other brain health problems.