Promoting Awareness of Mental
Health and Addiction

Our Mission

The Paracelsus Foundation manages the family’s charitable contributions. We have dual missions:


1. To invest in research and create greater awareness and acceptance of addiction and mental health disorders.


2. To support charities that offer help and hope to children affected by war and trauma in countries around the world.

Our Intentions

Promoting Greater Awareness of Mental Health and Addiction

Grounded Practices

Addiction is a treatable disorder. With greater access to evidence-based, scientifically grounded practices, families are spared and lives are saved.


We open up conversations by creating professionally produced podcasts featuring celebrity guests, thus opening discussion through positive stories of hope and resilience.


Armed with knowledge and information, and by working together, we can end the stigma and reduce the devastating impacts of substance abuse and mental health disorders, not only among the medical profession, but society as a whole.


Information is Key

We believe celebrities, high-profile individuals, and wealthy families deserve compassionate, culturally competent treatment; however, useful information in this regard is sorely lacking.

Promotion and Founding

We intend to assist with the promotion and funding of greater research (our own and others), to determine how addiction, depression, and other disorders affect the emotional health of UHNW families.

Mental Health Awareness

Addiction and mental health are often thought to be problems that affect low-income individuals, often in isolated rural areas or busy urban environments. The truth is that mental health issues affect all income levels, and even people of tremendous power, success, fame, or wealth aren’t immune. In fact, research indicates that the wealthy are up to three times more likely to struggle with substance abuse and mental health issues.

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In many developed countries, 40% of absenteeism from work is due to mental health problems
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76.3 million persons worldwide are diagnosed with alcohol disorders
Injecting drug use reported in 148 countries, of which 120 report HIV infection among this population.
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Today, about 450 million people suffer from a mental or behavioural disorder.
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Over 90% of countries have no mental health policy that includes children and adolescents.

The Paracelsus Foundation is the creation of the Gerber family, founders of Paracelsus Recovery, a mental health and addiction treatment provider based in Zurich, Switzerland. Our business, in its current form, was established in 2012.

At Paracelsus Recovery, we have a long history in providing private treatment to international clients. We work primarily with UHNW (Ultra-High Net Worth) families, celebrities, and others in positions of wealth and power, whose struggles with mental health and addiction are often overlooked.

As the world’s most exclusive treatment organization, we employ an international team of doctors, nurses, therapists, counselors, and other highly qualified professionals. At the same time, we provide the individual care and empathy of a passionate family business. 

We believe the wealthy aren’t spared from substance abuse and mental health problems, but are more likely to be affected. We use our expertise as a means to create more acceptance and empathy and to normalize the issue among the population in general.

Regrettably, research in this demographic is sadly lacking, and we dedicate both time and money to the advancement of high-quality, innovative inquiry.

By doing so, we believe we can offer the best treatment money can buy, and ultimately, prevent much of the suffering created by addiction and mental health disorders.


The world is a dangerous place where war and strife have devastated unimaginable numbers of children and their families. The Paracelsus Foundation supports selected charities that offer assistance to children in crisis regions and war zones around the world.

The ongoing civil war in Syria, for instance, has been particularly brutal for young people, while the conflict in Yemen has injured or killed over 6,500 children since 2015.

in Crisis

Children of Africa and other regions pay a heavy price, growing up hungry, with little opportunity for education that could provide a better way of life. All too often, they are at risk of serious disease and early death.

 It is clear to us that childhood abuse and trauma affect individuals throughout their lives, with severe post-traumatic stress showing up in the form of mental health issues, addiction, violence, and even suicide.

Supporting Children Affected by War


Children are vulnerable to the effects of war, often living in unsafe conditions, lacking nutritious food, clean water, and adequate medical care.


With nowhere to turn, young people are separated from their families with few opportunities for education and little chance of a better life.


We believe that a humanitarian response is required to keep children safe from the ravages of conflict and upheaval in some of the world’s most war-torn countries.


We intend to help by supporting select charities that provide help and support for children growing up in areas ravaged by war and constant upheaval.

Charitable Projects We Support

Our Network

In His Own Words

In spite of the prevalence of mental health and addiction among the upper income levels, wealthy individuals are continually stigmatized and stereotyped. Culturally competent care is sorely lacking.

Academic study and research focused on the wellbeing of the wealthy are nearly nonexistent because the expense is difficult to justify. We invest both time and money into the acquisition of empirical knowledge about issues affecting this demographic. We are convinced this will lead to better understanding and more targeted treatment modalities.

Our goal is to spread knowledge and understanding, not only among professionals, but throughout society as a whole. We hope to open up discussions and encourage wealthy and celebrity individuals to come forward and speak openly about their struggles. Greater awareness minimizes stigma and removes barriers that stand in the way of recovery.

We believe that wealthy individuals and families are no more deserving of empathy and compassion, but neither are they worthy of any less. With greater understanding, we believe more people will reach out for help with addiction and mental health concerns, and more lives will be saved.

Jan Gerber