Child Mind Institute is an incredible organization that resonates pretty deeply in me. When I was 13, I was diagnosed with both anxiety and depression, and it's had it's ups and downs! With money going to further research, I think we can help most kids that suffer from mental illness and learning disorders. At my school, one of my classes has a "Passion Project" where we pick something we are super passionate about and go for it! I am so excited to help out with this awesome charity. Any donation, even if it is a dollar, can help out kids with mental and learning disorders.
The Child Mind Institute is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our work divides into three main areas: awareness, access and advancements. A few examples are below:
Awareness: One in five kids in the U.S. are affected by mental health and learning disorders—that’s more than the number with asthma, peanut allergies, diabetes and cancer combined. The Child Mind Institute fights stigma and awaken the public to how real, common and treatable these conditions are with , a celebrity-packed annual video campaign, , and expert-led discussions streamed to tens of thousands of viewers on Facebook Live.
Access: Over 7,800 patients from 39 nations, 47 states and Washington, D.C. have been treated at the Child Mind Institute’s NYC clinical practice. The Student Success Program delivers mental health services in 50 underserved schools in NYC and Newark, NJ, and the Child Mind Institute is developing a program to educate educators remotely so that they can help kids nationwide.
Advancements: The Child Mind Institute’s Center for the Developing Brain is enrolling 10,000 children in a groundbreaking study which is collecting functional MRIs of children’s brains as part of an open-science, big-data initiative to determine biological markers of mental health and learning disorders. All of these children, whose data is anonymous, receive free care.