About Us

The Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center is part of the National Network of Depression Centers, a group of 22 institutions across the country dedicated to transforming the understanding and treatment of depressive illnesses and related mood disorders. The CU Johnson Depression Center was founded in 2008 by a generous donation from George Wiegers.

MEET OUR STAFF AND FACULTY

OUR MISSION

The Johnson Depression Center’s mission is to improve the lives of people with depression and mood disorders through clinical excellence, innovative research, community programs, and education.

FACILITY

In November of 2012, the Johnson Depression Center moved to the University of Colorado Medicine Building on the Anschutz Medical Campus. This newly-constructed building achieved LEED Gold status for its many environmentally friendly features. Located on the 3rd floor, the new Johnson Depression Center is a supportive environment for patients and families that incorporates current research on the impact of the built clinical environment on patient outcomes. Patient care areas are flooded with light from south-facing windows and the Johnson Depression Center is adorned with beautiful landscape photographs by Steve Mohlenkamp and Chris Schneck. We believe that patients and families seeking help for mood and anxiety disorders deserve to be seen in a setting that is beautiful and calming and the new Center accomplishes just that. [READ MORE]

THREE GOALS

The Johnson Depression Center’s three core program areas work collaboratively to achieve three bold goals:

Goal 1: To promote mental health as key to healthy living for all Coloradans
Strategies to achieve this goal:

  • Implement programs and leverage partnerships to change the conversation around mental health and raise people's “mental health IQ.” Work to educate the public in order to develop a broader understanding of mental health issues and promote the notion that mental health is part of physical health
  • Promote the effectiveness and benefits of prevention and early detection/intervention efforts
  • Work to build partnerships and collaborations with communities, individuals and organizations in order to build resiliency and promote mental health and wellness

Goal 2: To develop, provide and disseminate effective care for people with depression and bipolar disorder
Strategies to achieve this goal:

  • Continually grow the Depression Center’s expertise and provide high-quality, evidence-based treatments
  • Encourage patient and family engagement and self-management
  • Build partnerships and increase shared decision making
  • Disseminate effective treatments and strategies to health and mental health providers in Colorado by educating mental and health care professionals
  • Working with larger systems to develop and implement new care delivery models
  • Conduct research to develop and adapt new treatments, models of care and improve the ability to better identify persons with mood disorders

Goal 3: To eliminate barriers to quality care and healthy communities
Strategies to achieve this goal:

  • Decrease stigma and increase understanding of mental health by engaging diverse groups including community/business leaders, schools, the military, first-responders, primary care providers and governments
  • Promote better and more wide-spread integration of mental health into primary care settings
  • Address system-level barriers to care by engaging health plans, employers and EAPs, benefit design consultants, wellness programs, private insurers etc.
  • Promote new economic/ financial models and policy changes that support better models of care
  • Develop new data-driven approaches to inform policies and integration

Fall Fundraising Luncheon

We are grateful to have so many passionate advocates for mental health in our community. You raised over $445,000 and brought 650 people to last week’s luncheon in support of mental health care, research and community programs in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.  Read More

 

 

In the News

Depression Center Medical Director Christopher Schneck discusses his family-centered bipolar research: Read More

Dr. Schneck discusses overlooked signs of Depression: Read More

Dr. Adria Pearson (Depression Center Psychologist) discusses PTSD in the wake of the recent floods: Read More

Dr. Pearson discusses PTSD related to Colorado flooding: Read More

 

Depression Center

It all started with George..


It all started with George..
It all started with George..
Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation
Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation

Depression Center
Depression Center
2015 Annual Luncheon Video
2015 Annual Luncheon Video

2016 Annual Luncheon Video
2016 Annual Luncheon Video
To Worry Or Not To Worry | By: Dr. Marianne Wamboldt
To Worry Or Not To Worry | By: Dr. Marianne Wamboldt

American Psychological Association Ft. The Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center
American Psychological Association Ft. The Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center
2017 Annual Luncheon Video
2017 Annual Luncheon Video