Founding Donors

In the summer of 2012, Mrs. Elizabeth Gail Hayden, an educator who had dedicated her life’s work to children and families, came forward with a generous gift that allowed The Center for Young Healthy Minds to begin taking shape. In addition to her philanthropy, Gail Hayden spent several years helping Dr. Beresin and his team get the center off the ground.

A year and a half later, a magical moment occurred when Mr. and Mrs. Landon and Lavinia Clay stepped forward with a transformational gift that made achievement of Dr. Beresin’s vision possible. In January 2013, the Clays’ exceptional generosity launched The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds.

Deeply concerned about the mental health and resilience of our society’s youngest citizens, Lavinia Clay believes fundamentally that “every individual deserves to be understood.”

According to Landon Clay, “Although we’ve seen tremendous advances in the molecular science of mental health, I don’t think this is the full solution. We need The MGH Clay Center to help integrate science and human behavior, empower youth, and train adults to recognize signs of mental illness so that we can strengthen young people’s resilience, and help them cope in healthy ways with whatever challenges they may face.”

Massachusetts General Hospital and the center’s team are deeply grateful to Landon and Lavinia Clay, to Gail Hayden, and to their families.

clay_family Landon T. and Lavinia D. Clay