Mental Health and Addiction

Behavioral health problems, which include both mental health and substance use disorders, are a leading cause of disability and poor health worldwide. They affect people in all societies, regardless of gender, culture, or socioeconomic status, as approximately one in four people worldwide experience a mental disorder at some point in their lives.

Given the scale of these problems, the question for donors is, “How can I help?” In the areas of mental health and addiction, getting good answers to that question is complicated by interrelated issues of stigma, a narrow focus on treatment services, and misinformation and limited use of evidence-based solutions. All of these obstacles represent ‘noise’ that make it difficult for funders to find opportunities to help.

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) at the University of Pennsylvania has undertaken an initiative to develop and maintain a ‘toolkit’ to help donors navigate the field of behavioral health and maximize their impact in support of these issues.

Contact Kristen Ward, Social Impact Fellow, at kwar@upenn.edu to learn more.