Our History

In 1999, the J. B. Fuqua Foundation made a gift to establish the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression as a Center of Excellence in advancing awareness and treatment of late-life depression. Mr. Fuqua had unique insight into the seriousness of this condition due to his own 50-year experience battling severe depression.

" Your thoughts slow down and your thinking is clouded by indecision. You feel as though you have weights on your body and every movement is painful."

J. B. Fuqua: How I Made My Fortune Using Other People’s Money
Longstreet Press, 2001

Fuqua Center focuses on these main areas:

  • Developing clinical services within the Emory University Division of Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Collaborations with low-income housing providers to bring mental health treatment to seniors
  • Training in the use of evidence-based models for early detection and treatment of depression including IMPACT, PEARLS, Healthy IDEAS, and Mental Health First Aid (Older Adult Version)
  • Leadership in state and regional coalitions focused on older adults and behavioral health needs
  • Research and innovation of neuromodulation in the treatment of depressive disorders
  • Suicide prevention education

Our Partners Include:

  • The Georgia Division of Aging Services
  • Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
  • Atlanta Housing Authority
  • Atlanta Regional Commission and Area Agencies on Aging throughout Georgia
  • Jesse Parker Williams Foundation
  • LeadingAge Georgia
  • Mental Health Consumer Network
  • Skyland Trail
  • Georgia Partnership for Telehealth
  • National Mental Health Association of Georgia
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Did You Know…

Risk factors for late-onset depression included widowhood, physical illness, low educational attainment (less than high school), impaired functional status, and heavy alcohol consumption.

–  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1999)