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Fighting the Stigma of Depression: A Mental Health Panel, May 17, 2022

Tuesday, May 17th • 6:30 pm • via Zoom
Join Congregation Kol Ami in Salt Lake City, Utah for a mental health panel on "Fighting the Stigma of Depression." Depression is one of the key factors leading to suicide for teens, adults, and the elderly population. Our goal is to change the stigma of depression and encourage treatment through sharing personal experiences and identifying community resources.

The panel, moderated by Rabbi Samuel L. Spector, will feature Greg Saunders, Board of Directors Treasurer who will share personal experiences; Ross VanVranken, CEO, Huntsman Mental Health Institute presenting psychiatric resources and support; and Alle Salazar, LCSW, Jewish Family Services for community resources and support.

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Ross Van Vranken

Ross Van Vranken
CEO, Huntsman Mental Health Institute 

Ross VanVranken is the executive director for the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI), formerly UNI, with the University of Utah Health. HMHI is a $180 million gross enterprise, supporting a system of behavioral health care anchored by a 170-bed acute psychiatric and substance use hospital. HMHI services all ages, disorders, and socioeconomic groups.

Mr. VanVranken’s primary role is to ensure HMHI’s commitment to providing the highest standard of care across the full continuum of behavioral health services, which includes outpatient specialty programs and crisis diversion services. He is responsible to assure the integration between clinical care, education, research, and tasked with maintaining HMHI’s standing as a community leader in the area of behavioral health.

Mr. VanVranken has been a leader in behavioral health dating back to the early 1980s. He is an active participant in clinical and service delivery at both the regional and national level. 

Mr. VanVranken has been the director of the university’s mental and behavioral health hospital and services since 1991. First as the director of the Western Institute of Neuropsychiatry (WIN), then when WIN was renamed the University Neuropsychiatry Institute (UNI) in 1994, and again when UNI became HMHI in January 2021. 

Prior to this, Mr. VanVranken served in a variety of clinical and administrative capacities in both the private sector and for the University Hospital. He is a native of Utah receiving his undergraduate degree in psychology and master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah.

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Fri, May 20 2022 19 Iyyar 5782