Building Mental Health Capacity in Brooklyn Schools
The School and Community Programs team has partnered with over 250 schools in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, including several schools in north Brooklyn. Candice Perrier, LMHC, collaborates with the team at these schools in her role as a school mental health consultant for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Health.
The Child Mind Institute’s School and Community Programs build schools’ capacity to deliver evidence-based mental health interventions by sharing resources, training educators and parents, and directly supporting students. To date, we have reached nearly 50,000 individuals across New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Baltimore.
Pivoting to Digital During COVID-19
In March, with schools across the country disrupted by the pandemic, the Child Mind Institute pivoted rapidly to provide virtual treatment and support. We added new services, including grief and loss groups for students over the summer. During the pandemic, our school programs reached nearly 5,000 students, parents, educators and mental health providers through remote services.
“Throughout the pandemic, the Child Mind Institute’s programs have provided support, information and expertise in addressing the unpredictable needs of entire school communities: staff, students and families. The challenge to adapt quickly to virtual and digital communication was met with both urgency and integrity. These schools have felt supported during this crisis,” continues Candice.
A Critical Partnership
To address the ongoing mental health challenges of the pandemic, the Child Mind Institute has partnered with the New York City Department of Education for the Bridge to School Initiative. Through this collaboration, we are delivering a holistic recovery action plan to address students’ mental health needs, with a focus on depression, anxiety and grief. Funding for the Bridge to School initiative was secured by the Fund for Public Schools from the Robin Hood, Gray and Tiger foundations.