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.
Links to photos by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
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.