Turning tragedy to hope
See Jeff's journey with Children's Wisconsin
Jeff’s brother, Craig, died by suicide in 2017, and that experience has compelled him to a level of generosity that will dramatically accelerate this new standard of care, so other kids and families don’t have to endure the same trauma.
Trigger warning: This video contains content about suicide.
About the crisis
Most mental and behavioral illnesses start in childhood. But treatment usually does not. With your ongoing support, we can change the conversation and change the checkup for kids and families by placing a therapist in every primary and urgent care location to address every aspect of health with our pediatricians.
Together, we can confront these illnesses when they begin.
About the solution
The challenge was the first critical step in bringing quality mental and behavioral care to every pediatrician’s office by helping to fund five key pieces of our comprehensive approach:
Master’s-trained therapists will be in every clinic by the end of 2023, serving 175,000 kids — more than 1/3 of the pediatric population of southeastern Wisconsin.
Care advocates will help kids and families easily connect all the dots for a seamless experience, from coordinating care plans to insurance and transportation.
Access to psychiatrists
Connection to our world-class hospital and psychiatric care teams will be streamlined for complex cases and prescription management.
All primary care pediatricians will receive specialized and continuing mental and behavioral health education so they can provide support for kids alongside the therapists.
A dedicated research team will examine causes and outcomes, inform real-time adjustments, and share best practices nationally to expand the impact and save more lives.
Your donation helps complete the picture to enhance the ongoing well-being of our kids.
These critical pieces are only able to come together thanks to the Yabuki family’s gift — and can only be sustained because of you, our dedicated community. Will you help us achieve and sustain full-scale implementation by the end of 2023 and enrich the lives of hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of children by supporting this total approach to their health?
It's a groundbreaking endeavor; made possible through groundbreaking generosity.
Together, we can change the direction of young lives.
Confronts the stigma, shame and hesitancy many face with conditions like anxiety and depression by positioning them as routine parts of care.
Two out of three kids on our waiting list for mental and behavioral health services are also patients in our primary care clinics. By placing a therapist in each clinic, we can significantly reduce this obstacle and give kids help where they need it most.
All this will happen one child at a time, with every kid and family that visits a pediatrician at Children's Wisconsin.
And that’s just the beginning as we create a whole new standard of care that will set the bar nationally.
Where to learn more
Find out more about the program, the commitment and the giving opportunities:
Read more about the program and the groundbreaking donation made by The Yabuki Family Foundation.
Change the Checkup donor report
Download our quarterly report showing progress on Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health efforts.
Find out more about our commitment to addressing the pediatric mental and behavioral health crisis in Wisconsin.
If you or a member of your family need help with a mental and behavioral health issue, Children’s Wisconsin has resources to help you.
Find mental and behavioral health resources