The University of Colorado Depression Center and The Institute for Depression Studies and Treatment were established through the generous support of George Wiegers of Vail, Colorado who continues to actively support the development and success of this unique regional Center. George’s desire to tackle mood disorders in a novel, comprehensive way is fueled by his experience of growing up with a mother who suffered from bipolar disorder. After reading an Op/Ed piece in the New York Times by Andrew Solomon calling for an aggressive national effort to treat mood disorders, he made a donation to the University of Colorado School of Medicine to establish the Depression Center. The Center opened in 2008 with a goal to better understand, identify and treat people with depression, bipolar disorder and related conditions such as anxiety and sleep disorders. Mr. Wiegers also funded the development of the National Network of Depression Centers, of which the University of Colorado Depression Center is a charter member.
Operating within the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the Center is located on the state-of-the-art Anschutz Medical Campus alongside facilities for six schools, three hospitals, and 41 affiliated specialty centers and institutes. The Center has three core areas: Research, Clinical Care and Community Programs /Education. Together, these three program areas create a comprehensive approach to care for people with mood disorders that is found nowhere else in the Rocky Mountain region.