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How our School and Community Programs steped up during the coronavirus pandemic

A Year Like No Other:
Supporting Schools Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

This year, our School and Community Programs team provided critical virtual support to school communities to address students’ mental health needs during the pandemic, including increased anxiety, stress and grief.

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 programs have provided clinical expertise to our communities to support relationships, foster positive behaviors, promote mindfulness and enhance student resiliency. The impact of having Child Mind Institute clinicians on-site working with students to build skills and develop tools to combat stress or trauma has been profound.”

Candice Perrier

Our Approach

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.

“This year, I’ve live-streamed mental health support to families and educators around the country through Facebook. I’m proud to provide this free support on topics such as COVID-19 and mental health and talking to kids about race and racism.”

To continue this critical work, we need your support.

Dr. Kenya Hameed

Dr. Kenya Hameed
Clinical Neuropsychologist,
Learning and Development Center

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  • 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.

    We are driven to create a brighter future for our children, and we make three commitments:

    • Give children and adolescents access to evidence-based, effective clinical care when and where they need it most.
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