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Dr. Adam W
20 E. 49th St., 2nd Floor
(New York City)
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the project

The Weissman Children's Foundation COVID Relief Initiative is dedicated to providing full access to evidence-based mental health treatments—therapies rigorously tested and supported by scientific research—for every child and family in need.

PROBLEM: A mounting mental health crisis, largely ignored by the federal government and insurance companies, has experienced a surge due to COVID. With higher rates of anxiety, depression, suicide, trauma and grief, as well as child behavior issues and marital/family conflict, our nation’s most vulnerable and marginalized families are too frequently denied access to affordable, effective care.

SOLUTION: Effective and immediate mental healthcare for all children, families and young adults, regardless of ability to pay

WCF aims to bridge this gap in equitable and affordable care by offering highly specialized mental health programs and services for uninsured and underinsured children, families and young adults, with an emphasis on helping underserved BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) populations.


the steps

1) Comprehensively publicize increased availbility of COVID-relief pro bono services to our community partners by Tuesday, December 8th.

2) Begin matching our highly specialized, expert team of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and clinical supervisors with families by Thursday, December 10th.

3) Begin providing high quality, evidence-based psychotherapies to ~50 new underserved COVID-affected families in crisis through the end of December and into the new year.

4) Track mental health equity and effectiveness data and outcomes to evaluate our program, contribute to the research on COVID and Mental Health in diverse communities, with an eye toward increasing systemic access to mental health services, reducing mental health disparities and eventual public policy change (into 2021 and beyond).

why we're doing it

COVID Mental Health Relief Initiative: Evidence-Based Care for Everyone

Dear Friends,

My team and I at the Weissman Children's Foundation are very excited to launch our COVID Mental Health Relief Initiative. We hope you will partner with us in this effort! We chose IOBY's platform in light of their like-minded mission and their new NYC COVID Relief matching and fiscal sponsor programs, which means that every dollar donated will be matched/doubled, and is now tax deductible! I just want to say a huge thank you upfront to IOBY for this amazing opportunity.

A Little About our Mission:

As this country fights the twin pandemics of civil liberty and the COVID pandemic, those of us concerned about mental health are waging a battle against a third “hidden” pandemic. The federal government and insurance companies still deny high-quality, effective mental and behavioral healthcare to those without means.

It is up to us to take this on. The twin pandemics have heightened pre-existing mental health crises and inequities affecting our nation's youth, contributing to higher rates of anxiety, depression, social isolation, substance abuse, suicide, behavioral challenges, family conflict, trauma and grief – all of which is disproportionately so among diverse communities.

The Weissman Children's Foundation and its COVID Mental Health Relief Initiative were established with the goal of changing our nation's mental healthcare system by creating access to high-quality, affordable, evidence-based mental healthcare for all. Most urgently, we are focused on providing immediate, effective mental health relief to underserved communities throughout the five boroughs of NYC.




As we head into the winter holiday season, COVID rates are rising just as people head indoors. Amid this growing risk to our health, a new Oxford University study tells us COVID is more directly linked to mental illness than previously known. For example:      


- 1 in 5 COVID patients were diagnosed with elevated rates of anxiety, depression and insomnia within 3 months of testing positive for the virus.      


- Unexpectedly, those with pre-existing mental health conditions were 65% more likely to be diagnosed with COVID.


- Researchers recommend that mental illness should be regarded as an important COVID risk factor. 


“While there have been studies and reports warning of an impending mental health crisis prompted by widespread change, uncertainty, and isolation amid social distancing measures, the scope of this research really highlights the magnitude of the problem,” states a Forbes report on the study. 


At the Weissman Children’s Foundation (WCF), we have been voicing our concern about this now proven link between COVID and increased mental illness in children, families and young adults – and how it disproportionately affects diverse communities. With this new evidence, we hope there will be better support from the federal government and insurance companies to provide high-quality mental health services to those without means. 


Through WCF, we aim to remain a step ahead and help families in need now. To date, we have served over 100 underserved families with a goal of 150 families by year end. We are building momentum and need your help.


It takes a village to reshape the mental health landscape in our country – and to help those struggling among us now. Please join us and help us help underserved children and families in need.


With much love and gratitude,



Adam S. Weissman, Ph.D.

Founding President, CEO, and Chief Psychologist

Weissman Children's Foundation

Recipient of the 2020 American Psychological Association Distinguished Contributions to Practice Award


Therapists- $12,500

Clinical Supervisors- $6,500

Admin/Marketing- $1,000


ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
TOTAL TO RAISE = $20,305
Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.  


Therapists- $10,000

Clinical Supervisors- $5,000

Admin/Marketing- $1,000

ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
TOTAL TO RAISE = $16,244
Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.  



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