First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray Presented Corporate Advocate Award

NBC’s Cynthia McFadden hosted the celebration of those who are helping change the way we think about and treat childhood mental health and learning disorders

NEW YORK, NY – The Child Mind Institute’s 4th annual Change Maker Awards honored individuals and organizations that are making positive change in children’s mental health and raising awareness of the need for early intervention to help kids lead healthy lives. One in five children suffers from a mental health or learning disorder, and 80% of chronic mental disorders begin in childhood. There is an urgent need to identify the signs of these conditions early in life if children are to get the care and support they need to thrive.

Cynthia McFadden, Senior Legal and Investigative Correspondent for NBC News, hosted the event, and was joined on stage by New York City’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray.

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Awards were presented to the following individuals and organizations:

ACTIVIST AWARD: Glenn Close, Co-founder, Bring Change to Mind

CHAMPION AWARD: Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California

CORPORATE ADVOCATE AWARD: NBCUniversal

Presented to Cynthia McFadden

OUTSTANDING ORGANIZATION AWARD: Brain & Behavior Research Foundation,

Presented to Dr. Jeff Borenstein, MD, President and CEO

COMMUNITY BUILDER AWARD: To Write Love On Her Arms

Presented to Jamie Tworkowski, Founder

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: Attitudes in Reverse

Presented to Tricia and Kurt Baker, Founders

The Change Maker Awards are part of the Child Mind Institute’s annual signature public education campaign, Speak Up for Kids, held each May to promote children’s mental health. In its eighth year, the campaign celebrates people making change in children’s mental health and provides information to the media, families, educators and leaders that empowers them to speak up for kids.

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.