The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Global Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the Child Mind Institute
By: Dr. Giovanni A. Salum, M.D. Ph.D., Director of Implementation and Partnerships, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Global Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Dr. Michael P. Milham, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Digital Technologies and Innovation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Global Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Dr. Harold Koplewicz,M.D., Ph.D. , President, Child Mind Institute
The urgency of this moment demands an ambitious agenda and a commitment to building the capacity necessary to improve the lives of children, adolescents, and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Through international collaboration and a commitment to open resources, we have an incredible opportunity to harness and advance game-changing innovations in mental health sciences and care and, in turn, change the trajectory for millions of children and adolescents around the world. We at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Global Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the Child Mind Institute, are very happy to be working to establish with IACAPAP a partnership to make this dream happen!
The Global Center consists of six initiatives to combat four of the greatest barriers to care: limited access to evidence-based services, provider shortages, lack of information, and stigma. Although the initiative is yet in the beginning and the road map might change according to interactions with partners like IACAPAP, WHO, and UNICEF, the current aims of the SNF Global Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health are:
1. Global Landscape Mapping: Map the landscape for child and adolescent mental health care knowledge, resources, needs, and current efforts around the globe.
2. Multicultural Adaptation, Implementation, and Training:Make training in science-based psychosocial interventions available to anyone, democratizing access to education in mental health care and increasing the number of providers.
3. Innovations in Clinical Assessment and Intervention: Build, test, and deploy new technologies to augment mental health care and research, including mobile apps, sensors, and analytical tools.
4. Public Awareness and Engagement: Share knowledge to empower the public and fight stigma.
5. Fellowships: Create an innovative leadership program for delivering solutions at scale and increasing capacity to treat and study child and adolescent mental health disorders.
Launch three categories of fellowships to appeal to a diverse group of individuals from various sectors, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds
6. Expert Gatherings and Network Formation: Bring together experts to synthesize knowledge and form active, collaborative networks.