Washington has a shortage of mental-health workers and a high demand for treatment. The UW is at the center of efforts to turn the tide.
"At some point in their lives, nearly a quarter of WA residents will struggle with mental health or addiction problems, but nearly half of the state's 39 counties don't have a single psychiatrist or psychologist to help. According to a recent state-funded study, WA has just one mental-health provider for every 360 people."
"There is no family that hasn't been affected by a brain health, mental health or addiction problem at some point in their lives."
JÜRGEN UNÜTZER, Head of the UW Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences