Mindful Healing

As Jo Elyn Nyman snipped the ceremonial maize and blue ribbon for the new inpatient psychiatry unit at C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital on March 18, she saw an unrelenting passion and long-held vision realized.

The 16-bed unit on Mott’s eighth floor offers state-of-the-art resources and treatment spaces for children and adolescents suffering from psychiatric illness. Nyman, a psychotherapist in Birmingham, Michigan, partnered with the U-M Health System to design the unit as a safe and therapeutic environment where patients can recover, heal and thrive. Thanks to her expertise, and her generous gift through the Samuel and Jean Frankel Health and Research Foundation, the Nyman Family Unit for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellness will allow U-M to better care for patients facing tremendous emotional and behavioral challenges.

“This is truly a dream come true for me because I feel so strongly that kids who suffer from any emotional or psychological disorders be treated with the same seriousness as any child who has a physical disease — with less stigma and less marginalization,” Nyman said. “This day, to me, is a beginning, and I am filled with gratitude.”

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