Clay Center Goals


Please note: The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds is an educational vehicle only.
We do not provide clinical services or referrals for treatment. Instead, please visit our “Where To Turn” page to explore programs and services at Massachusetts General Hospital that can provide the care you need. 


The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital is a web-based resource to help inform and educate parents and other caregivers about the psychological development and emotional well-being of children, adolescents, and young adults who struggle with behavioral, emotional, and/or learning challenges. We do so through a narrative multimedia approach that delivers high-quality content via multiple formats, including blogs, audio podcasts, online videos, and social media. Our information is presented in an easy-to-understand manner that is both engaging and entertaining, and is continuously updated based on new research, current events, and user feedback.

One in 4 individuals will experience a mental or neurological disorder during the course of their lifetime. Moreover, a majority of disorders begin in childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood: an estimated that 75% of mental health conditions develop before age 25, and 50% begin before age 14. Despite such prevalence, however, stigma remains widespread. The public perception is further compounded by an extreme shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists in the U.S. today—approximately 8,000 to care for some 20 million young people who will require their services at some point in their lives.

This stark need fueled Dr. Gene Beresin’s belief in the power of public mental health education to make a difference. The Clay Center’s strength and credibility are derived from the expertise of our core team—Gene Beresin, M.D., Ellen Braaten, Ph.D., and Steven Schlozman, M.D.—as well as from our close affiliations with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Psychiatry (named #1 in psychiatry by U.S. News & World Report for 17 of the last 19 years) and Harvard Medical School (HMS). We also draw from an extensive community of local and global peer experts in all facets of youth development and emotional well-being, thereby delivering a range of topics spanning psychiatric disorders, general pediatric concerns, and learning differences.

Thank you for visiting The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds. We invite you to explore our content, and learn more about the team. Are there topics important to you that you would like to see covered in the future? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your suggestion.

Mission Statement

The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital is devoted to promoting the emotional well-being of young people by providing innovative education about mental health.