Willow Bay, Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Will Moderate “The State of Child and Adolescent Mental Health” Conversation

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will take part in the Child Mind Institute Summit: The State of Child & Adolescent Mental Health on November 13 in New York, jumpstarting a national dialogue around childhood and adolescent mental health. Secretary Clinton will focus on solutions for families in this conversation with Child Mind Institute President Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, one of the nation’s most respected experts on child and adolescent mental health. The summit will be moderated by Willow Bay, dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

The invitation-only event, which explores where we stand and where we need to be on youth mental health, coincides with the publication of the Child Mind Institute’s 2017 Children’s Mental Health Report. The report examines unique factors in brain development that make adolescence a vital time of social and emotional growth as well as a significant risk period for mental health disorders.

“Secretary Clinton has been a forceful and effective advocate for child and adolescent mental health throughout her life,” said Dr. Koplewicz. Secretary Clinton’s bestselling It Takes a Village has just been published for the first time as an all-new, full-color picture book by Simon & Schuster. Over twenty years ago, the original edition inspired the nation to think critically about how the choices made today, to raise our children and support families, will determine how we will face the challenges of the future. “We look forward to a thoughtful, pragmatic discussion about making meaningful change in our children’s health, including and especially their mental well-being.”

The 2017 Children’s Mental Health Report investigates the promise and risk of adolescence through a neuroscience lens. It explores the research on brain development through adolescence, and why adolescence is a risk period for stress, drug abuse and mental health disorders. The report argues forcefully that to help teens and young adults make good choices, parents must be able to speak them honestly, without blame or shame. Science offers a compelling framework for that conversation.

About the Child Mind Institute
The Child Mind Institute is an independent 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 atchildmind.org.