A Year Like No Other
Supporting Schools Through the Coronavirus Pandemic
This year, our School and Community Programs team provided critical virtual support to school communities to address students’ mental health needs during the pandemic, including increased anxiety, stress and grief.
Building Mental Health Capacity in Brooklyn Schools
The School and Community Programs team has partnered with over 600 schools in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, including several schools in north Brooklyn. Candice Perrier, LMHC, collaborates with the team at these schools in her role as a school mental health consultant for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Health.
“The Child Mind Institute’s school programs have provided clinical expertise to our communities to support relationships, foster positive behaviors, promote mindfulness and enhance student resiliency. The impact of having Child Mind Institute clinicians on-site working with students to build skills and develop tools to combat stress or trauma has been profound.”
The Child Mind Institute’s School and Community Programs build schools’ capacity to deliver evidence-based mental health interventions by sharing resources, training educators and parents, and directly supporting students. To date, we have reached nearly 60,000 individuals across New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Pivoting to Digital During COVID-19
In March, with schools across the country disrupted by the pandemic, the Child Mind Institute pivoted rapidly to provide virtual treatment and support. We added new services, including grief and loss groups for students over the summer. During the pandemic, our school programs reached nearly 5,000 students, parents, educators and mental health providers through remote services.
A Critical Partnership
To address the ongoing mental health challenges of the pandemic, the Child Mind Institute has partnered with the New York City Department of Education for the Bridge to School Initiative. Through this collaboration, we are delivering a holistic recovery action plan to address students’ mental health needs, with a focus on depression, anxiety and grief. Funding for the Bridge to School initiative was secured by the Fund for Public Schools from the Robin Hood, Gray and Tiger foundations.
Learn more about how the Child Mind Institute is making change for communities and for individuals struggling with mental health.