We are a private grantmaking foundation that uses its resources to improve the quality, scope, and delivery of mental health services in Michigan


    We partner with organizations that deliver mental health care and services to develop, evaluate and implement best practice treatment programs


    We collaborate with other funders to leverage mental health resources into our community


Featured News


Street Beat: Mental Illness and Brain Injury

Andrea Cole, Executive Director of the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation, continues the Foundation's mission to change the conversation about mental illness.  Please click here to view the CW50 Detroit Street Beat host, Lisa German interview on Mental Illness and Brain Injury....

Recent News

Veterans Mental Health Study

The RAND Corporation is conducting a new study to characterize the mental health needs of the veteran population living in the Detroit metropolitan region and to...

2015 Grants Awarded

At its September 15, 2015 Board of Trustees meeting, the Foundation awarded 38 grants totaling $2.3 million to mental health organizations to support Evidence-Based Practices and...

Featured Video

Opening Minds – A Young Person’s Perspective

DETROIT — One in five children and young adults will experience mental illness, with the onset commonly occurring between ages 14 and 24.  The statistics from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) also reveal that there is an average delay of eight years from initial symptoms to effective treatment.

a new video for broadcast and educational use, explores the warning signs and early intervention approaches that can address mental illness at its most treatable stage.  Through personal stories which are candidly told by young people who have faced challenges associated with a variety of mental disorders, viewers discover when and where to seek help.  The 30-minute special aims to promote understanding of mental illness and remove obstacles to treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults.

The Flinn Foundation in concert with DWMHA produced this privately funded special as what they hope to be a statewide effort to educate people about mental illness and improve services and treatment.

Schools, colleges, mental health organizations, and others are free to use this video as a community service tool.