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Support Children's Mental Health

Your donation ensures that all families receive the mental health support they need.

On the Frontlines

Children, on average, spend roughly 1,000 hours in school per year. As some of the most present figures in kids’ lives, teachers play many roles that go far beyond academics. Not only do they support children’s social-emotional learning, but they also tend to be among the first to notice when a child is struggling. Teachers everywhere need adequate tools and resources so they can support children in the most helpful and effective way possible.

What It Means to Be a Teacher

Answers from real teachers in California

“It’s more than just the classroom. I might not have kids of my own but I’m looking after 120 of them 8 hours a day. We are there to create the safe haven where they’re comfortable and they’re able to talk to us.”

“A lot of people think that teachers are just in there to deliver the curriculum. We end up spending so much time with them, a lot of times we see things that other people might not…It’s so important for them to be able to have self-awareness when it comes to their emotions. And to have it in a way that is nonjudgmental, where there’s no shame attached to it.”

“Being a teacher is more than just teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic. Teachers now are counselors, disciplinarians, administrators, they’re everything…and kids nowadays have a lot more to deal with. You see them struggling, and you’ve pulled out all the tools in your belt to help them. To see the limitations of everything that we can do is the challenging part…There need to be more tools and resources for teachers to be able to use as well as students.”

A Toolkit of Support

The California Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids Project

A Toolkit of Support

The Child Mind Institute offers professional training and online resources designed to support and empower educators as they care for our children. The California Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids Project is a series of free, evidence-based bilingual print and video resources that help teachers and kids learn five critical sets of skills:

  • Understanding Feelings
  • Relaxation Skills
  • Understanding Thoughts
  • Managing Intense Emotions
  • Mindfulness

Feedback from Educators

In a follow-up study conducted by Lake Research Partners surveying California educators’ response to the project:

of educators reported that their students found the videos interesting to watch
of educators gave the videos and skill sheets positive marks for quality and content
of educators reported that they are likely to use the materials

“The goal is to orient teachers to understanding of kinds of stresses they’ve been under, and to give them a set of skills that they can easily turn around and apply with their students. Not only to improve overall wellness, but to make it so they’re more ready to learn.”

– Dave Anderson, PhD, Vice President of School and Community Programs

Donate to Help Teachers Help Our Kids

As an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we rely on the support of individuals who share our belief that no child with a mental health or learning disorder should have to struggle alone. Donate today to help us provide critical resources to educators so they can best support the mental health of their students.

About Your Donation

About the Child Mind Institute

Millions of children – as many as 1 in 5 – struggle with mental health or learning challenges. Fully 70% of U.S. counties do not have a single child and adolescent psychiatrist. Due to stigma, misinformation, and a lack of access to care, the average time between onset of symptoms and any treatment at all is over 8 years. Our children deserve better.

That’s why the Child Mind Institute was created.

We’re dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need. We’ve become the leading independent nonprofit in children’s mental health by providing gold-standard evidence-based care, delivering educational resources to millions of families each year, training educators in underserved communities, and developing tomorrow’s breakthrough treatments.

Together, we truly can transform children’s lives.

Donation Match

To find out if your employer will match your donation and for other enquiries, please contact our development team via phone 646.779.1779 or email

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Donation Information

Child Mind Institute is a tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 80-0478843) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Every donation made to the Child Mind Institute is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. We do not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

Donor Privacy Policy

We will not sell, share or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations. This policy applies to all information received by the Child Mind Institute, both online and offline, as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications. To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.

The Child Mind Institute comprises a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Child Mind Institute, Inc., and two clinical programs, Child Mind Medical Practice, PLLC and Child Mind Medical Practice, PC. Donations to the Child Mind Institute are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Child Mind Institute does not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry. Upon request, a copy of our latest annual report can be obtained by contacting the Child Mind Institute at Attention: Development Office, 215 East 50th Street
New York, New York 10022 or by contacting the Charities Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General at 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.

More Ways to Support Children's Mental Health

Explore more ways you can support the Child Mind Institute and our mission to transform children’s mental health. From donations by check to giving through your employer, we offer a variety of giving options to fit your preference.

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More Ways the Child Mind Institute is Transforming Lives

Discover how we’re engaging and supporting a village of people committed to helping kids every day.

It Takes a Village: How Ava Learned to Live the Way She Wants

Ava, struggling with autism and OCD, learns to connect with others and use her voice through care at the Child Mind Institute.


It Takes a Village: How a Landmark Study is Giving Families Answers

The Child Mind Institute's Healthy Brain Network gave a mother the answers she needed to help her daughter.


It Takes a Village: Together, Maria and Janine are Showing Up for Students

Our School and Community Programs team is providing direct care for high-need students and empowering educators and school counselors.


It Takes a Village

Read stories about how the Child Mind Institute is engaging and supporting a village of people committed to helping kids every day.


Our Impact

Learn more about how the Child Mind Institute is making change for communities and for individuals struggling with mental health.