Our Story

About Well Being Trust

Well Being Trust is a foundation dedicated to advancing the mental, social, and spiritual health for all.

We believe the health of our mind is inseparable from the health of our body and spirit. Our goal is to save lives from deaths of despair and to increase equitable well-being for all.  We are committed to improving systems of care, coverage, and community conditions as essential to addressing the most critical mental health challenges facing America.

With a bold mission, vision and overarching goal, Well Being Trust is  investing in approaches that have the potential to model the way forward and advance clinical, community and cultural change…to transform the health of the nation and improve well-being for everyone.

Our Mission

To advance the mental, social, and spiritual health of the nation.

Our Vision

Everyone realizes their fullest potential for well-being.

Our Values

  • Loving kindness and compassion
  • Dignity and respect
  • Radical inclusion and equity of opportunity
  • Social justice for all

Our History

When Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health came together in 2016 to form Providence St. Joseph Health, the newly formed health system promised to transform the way care is delivered and to address the greatest health needs in its communities. To deliver on this commitment, Providence St. Joseph Health made a $100 million investment, plus an additional $30 million to be invested in California from 2017 to 2019, as an endowment to create the Institute for Mental Health and Wellness, later renamed Well Being Trust, an independent 501(c)(3) organization.

In January 2017, Well Being Trust’s expert advisory panel was established and a staff was hired. They were charged with creating a blueprint for improving mental health care in U.S. communities. Well Being Trust began its work of stakeholder collaboration, researching best-in-class clinical and community practices, informing public policy and granting funds for various mental health initiatives.  

Propelled by the vision of founding investor Providence St. Joseph Health, Well Being Trust continues to be an open platform for health systems and partners across sectors and community members across the country to drive transformative change in mental health treatment, policy and social awareness.

Stories of Transformation

Read our  Stories of Transformation and the 2021 Well Being Trust Annual Report to learn how we, alongside dozens of partners, are working to transform the health of the nation and improve well-being for everyone.

All In: Transforming the Mental Health and Well-Being of our Nation

Five years ago, the Sisters of St. Joseph and Providence called us to serve the mental health and well-being of the nation—rooted in love, hope, and radical inclusion. We are called by Providence to be open-hearted, steadfast, and to take prudent risks for those who suffer, informed by the signs of the times. Please read this 2021 Annual Report as an invitation to join us and our partners in a next chapter of service to advance the mental, social, and spiritual health for all.