**Please consider donating to the Weissman Children's Foundation COVID Relief Initiative**
With the fate of the nation hanging in the balance, both the federal government and insurance companies continue to deny high quality, effective mental and behavioral healthcare to those without means. The twin pandemics have heightened pre-existing mental health crises and inequities plaguing our nation's youth, contributing to higher rates of anxiety, depression, social isolation, substance abuse, suicide, behavioral challenges, family conflict, trauma and grief -- and disproportionately so among BIPOC populations.
The Weissman Children's Foundation and its COVID Relief Initiative (weissmanchildrensfoundation.causevox.com) were established with the hope of creating lasting and sustainable change in our nation's mental healthcare system, by creating broad-based access to best practices for youth across the United States and beyond.
Please join our mission. Help us help underserved children and families in need by contributing what you can here: weissmanchildrensfoundation.causevox.com OR for those who are unable to contribute, by sharing this fundraising link with your community, via email and/or on your own social media pages. With your partnership and support, we will broaden access to high-quality, evidence-based mental health services for thousands of children and families in need.
*A Message From Dr. Weissman*
Dear Friends and Family,
For years, The Child & Family Institute has advocated for reforming a broken mental health system that only provides effective, science-backed treatments for those who can afford expensive, out-of-network services.
To remedy this, my team and I created the nonprofit Weissman Children’s Foundation weissmanchildrensfoundation.causevox.com, in development since January 2020. With our partners, we hope to radically change the mental health landscape by offering affordable and equitable access for anyone in need of high-quality mental and behavioral healthcare.
A Turbulent Year
Over these past months, mental health challenges have spiked in response to the twin pandemics of COVID and racial and civil unrest. WCF’s newly launched COVID Mental Health Relief Initiative weissmanchildrensfoundation.causevox.com is a broad-based effort to help our most vulnerable communities, closely tied to the Black Lives Matter movement and widespread issues of racial, social, and economic inequity.
Our initial goal was to help 25 families during the early months of the COVID crisis. We have already quadrupled that number, with more than 110 families served. But we need to do more! Our COVID Relief Initiative weissmanchildrensfoundation.causevox.com aims to:
-Provide immediate individual and group psychological and social-emotional support to those suffering from COVID-related anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, job loss and financial worries, social isolation and virtual schooling.
-Provide parents with concrete, behavioral parenting skills to help support their school-age children’s anxiety, attention, trauma, grief and acting-out behaviors.
-Train students and young professionals in evidence-based psychotherapies, based on our WCF/Columbia University-Harlem dissemination-through-training model.
-Conduct mental health equity and effectiveness research, with an emphasis on BIPOC populations.
We are passionate in our belief that all children and families deserve high-quality mental and behavioral health services. We aim to raise $40,000 in November and December (in honor of my 40th birthday!). This will fund the equivalent of 800 individual therapy sessions or 1,600 group therapy sessions, as well as provide the necessary infrastructure to begin scaling our COVID Relief programming nationwide weissmanchildrensfoundation.causevox.com.
We are off to a great start with generous contributions from Columbia University Teacher’s College, the American Psychological Association, the New York State Psychological Association, the Westchester County Psychological Association, My Best Practice, The Child & Family Institute, and a number of private donors.
With your support, we can prepare more children, families and young adults to better cope, adapt and thrive in an uncertain time. Together, we can reshape the mental health landscape in our country to promote aid and equity for all.
Please join us! weissmanchildrensfoundation.causevox.com
With love and gratitude,
Adam S. Weissman, Ph.D.
Founding President, CEO, and Chief Psychologist, Weissman Children's Foundation