Child Mind Institute, an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders, hosted its 2021 Virtual Fall Luncheon in the Bay Area on Wednesday, September 29. Led by Child Mind President and author of The Scaffold Effect: Raising Resilient and Secure Kids in an Age of Anxiety” Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, along with football legend, devoted father and humanitarian Ronnie Lott, the virtual luncheon’s discussion centered on how caregivers and educators can be role models for positive mental health for kids in society’s ‘new normal.’
The two speakers were introduced by Michael Enenbach, MD, the Clinical Director and Associate Medical Director at the Child Mind Institute in San Mateo. Linnea Roberts, a member of the institute’s board of directors and a luncheon co-chair, offered her remarks on the organization’s work in the Bay Area and the exploding need for mental health services for children, especially during the pandemic. Roberts and her husband also matched all donations made during the luncheon. Additional luncheon co-chairs were Devon Briger and Kristin Noto.
Dr. Enenbach remarked, “We are so grateful for all our supporters who are helping the Child Mind Institute address the ‘mental health care desert’ that exists in the Bay Area. There are far more children and youth who need help than what’s available in terms of treatment — our goal is to help close that gap with our services, community programs and financial aid for families in need.”
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A freelance writer in Marin who writes about family, kids and parenting, Glass is the mother to one son, one dog and a hamster named Miss Geri. When she’s not writing, trekking up steep hills in Marin or driving her kid to sports practice, she and her family spend time in their tiny cabin in Lake Tahoe. She avidly supports the California Academy of Sciences, a world class science museum and research institution, and the Institute on Aging which provides much needed services to Bay Area seniors and disabled adults. Glass is obsessed with baking the perfect loaf of banana bread, something she makes so often she no longer needs to look at a recipe card.