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Child Mind Institute – San Francisco Bay Area Raises Over $750,000 at Virtual Fall Luncheon to Help Close the Gap on Youth Mental Health ‘Care Desert’

September 30, 2021

Child Mind Institute President Dr. Harold Koplewicz, along with NFL star Ronnie Lott, discuss how to raise resilient and secure kids in an “age of anxiety”

San Mateo, CA – The Child Mind Institute hosted its 2021 Virtual Fall Luncheon on Wednesday, September 29, featuring an in-depth discussion titled  “The Scaffold Effect: Returning to School and Supporting Our Children in a New Normal.” Led by Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, President of the Child Mind Institute and author of The Scaffold Effect: Raising Resilient and Secure Kids in an Age of Anxiety,” along with football legend, devoted father and humanitarian Ronnie Lott, the discussion centered on how caregivers and educators can be role models for positive mental health for kids.

Michael Enenbach, MD, the Clinical Director and Associate Medical Director at the Child Mind Institute – San Francisco Bay Area, introduced both speakers. Linnea Roberts, a member of the Child Mind Institute board of directors as well as a luncheon co-chair, offered her remarks on the Child Mind Institute’s work in the Bay Area and the exploding need for mental health services for children, especially during the pandemic. Roberts and her husband also generously offered to match all donations made at the luncheon.

“Solid parenting skills are vital for encouraging resilience in our children, and the pandemic has only amplified that need,” said Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz. “While it’s tempting for parents to try to protect their kids, it can backfire. Scaffold Parenting is a clinically proven method parents can use to help their kids grow, learn from mistakes, try new things, and develop character and strength.”

Added Dr. Michael Enenbach, “We are so grateful for all our supporters who are helping the Child Mind Institute address the ‘mental health care desert’ that exists in the Bay Area. There are far more children and youth who need help than what’s available in terms of treatment — our goal is to help close that gap with our services, community programs and financial aid for families in need.”

The luncheon co-chairs included Devon Briger, Kristin Noto and Linnea Roberts. The host committee included Megan and Harris Barton, Ashlie Beringer, Stacy Denman, Abby Durban, Karen and Ronnie Lott, Andrea McTamaney, Jenny Shimizu Risk, Jennifer Sills, Christine Tanona and Abby Winkelried.

Silver sponsors included Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Emile Learning.

The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to public education and giving families and professionals accurate information about mental health and learning disorders through events such as the luncheon and the website childmind.org.

About the Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain, and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most. Together with our supporters, we’re helping children reach their full potential in school and in life. We share all of our resources freely and do not accept any funding from the pharmaceutical industry. Learn more at childmind.org.

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