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Child Mind Institute Convenes Youth Panel With the Second Gentleman and U.S. Surgeon General on World Mental Health Day

October 12, 2023

The Child Mind Institute marked World Mental Health Day this year by convening a panel featuring members of our Youth Council in conversation with Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. These remarkable young people and visionary leaders came together to discuss the mental health challenges facing kids today, the causes of this crisis, and strategies that everyone — from kids themselves to world leaders — can use to help.

“It’s ok to talk about it. It’s okay to just confide in somebody and not feel shame. We’ve got to take that out of the equation. And I think that for parents, we need to have the tools to understand when our child is being impacted. Whether it’s loneliness or other issues. So, it’s providing the tools to be aware. And we talk a lot about reducing stigma.”
– Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff

We’re grateful to the Second Gentleman, Dr. Murthy, and Alexis and Wyatt from our Youth Council for their candor and leadership, and to the United Nations International School for hosting the event.

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