“How nice to know that this organization does not have a one-size-fits-all approach.”
That was Tony Spring, chairman and chief executive officer of Bloomingdale’s, talking about the Child Mind Institute, which supports children and families who face the challenge and complications of a life with mental illness. The institute was founded by Dr. Harold Koplewicz and Brooke Garber Neidich.
Bloomingdale’s was among the five recipients of the Child Mind Institute’s first annual Change Makers Awards recognizing their support of CMI and mental health. “Harold and CMI have championed evaluation, conversation and engagement over a past filled with so much judgment,” Spring said, during the award ceremony held at the Highline Ballroom. “Children have a right to be kids. For some, it’s time, listening and support. For others, it may be therapy and/or medication.”
New York First Lady Chirlane McCray, who helped her daughter Chiara get treatment for depression, anxiety and substance abuse and is leading efforts to create New York City’s first “road map” to construct a more inclusive mental health system, also received the award.
The other honorees were social worker Angela Renz, who helps kids get attention for emotional and family problems; Alison Malmon, founder of Active Minds, which helps college students with mental health issues, and Congressman Tim Murphy from Pennsylvania, a mental health advocate.