Connecting With World Leaders at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Nostos 2023
June 27, 2023
World leaders and prominent individuals are finally focusing on child and adolescent mental health, building the collaborations needed to combat the current youth mental health crisis. The Child Mind Institute played a large role in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Nostos 2023 Conference, which took place from June 21 through 23 in Athens, Greece. The Conference was the centerpiece of SNF Nostos 2023, and the topic was mental health.
As Dr. Koplewicz noted in his speech, mental health disorders are disorders of childhood: Half of all mental health disorders begin before age 14, and 75% by age 24. Left untreated, they become adult disorders. And, as we note on our Global landing page, the current youth mental health crisis is a global problem. It was an honor, and an important acknowledgement of this fact, that SNF devoted such a large portion of the event to child and adolescent mental health and our organization’s work and collaborations in helping children and families worldwide. As Dr. Koplewicz also mentioned, our reach is now global, but our impact remains deeply personal.
Other speakers at the conference includedformer President Barack Obama, Bring Change to Mind co-founder Glenn Close, Former U.S. Representative and Co-Founder of The Kennedy Forum Patrick J. Kennedy, and MindUP founder Goldie Hawn. In a wonderful confluence of important Child Mind Institute supporters, two of our key partners from California — First Partner of California Jennifer Siebel Newsom and California Secretary of Health & Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly — also spoke.
This multi-day event clarified that the Child Mind Institute is not alone in recognizing the need for international solutions to the child and adolescent mental health crisis. We must continue to spread this message of hope and, most importantly, continue to come together to fight for change.
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Global Programs at the Child Mind Institute
The child and adolescent mental health crisis is a global problem. Seeing this need, the Child Mind Institute has embarked upon international program delivery.
The Child Mind Institute acts as a catalyst: encouraging innovation to create tools and resources that are sensitive to the needs of the communities we serve, sharing our knowledge of scientific and clinical research, and collaborating on evidence-based training for families, educators, and health professionals.
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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Global Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the Child Mind Institute
Established with a foundational grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), the center works to accelerate global collaboration on under-researched areas of children’s mental health and expand worldwide access to culturally appropriate trainings, resources, and treatment. In 2023, the team will initiate its first activities in Brazil and South Africa.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Initiative (CAMHI) in Greece
CAMHI aims to enhance child and adolescent mental health care capacity and to help strengthen the infrastructure for the prevention, assessment, and treatment of mental health struggles faced by children and adolescents across Greece.