Awards and Honors

We’re honored to have been recognized for excellence in our multimedia content to support parents and caregivers in helping to reduce, prevent, and destigmatize youth mental illness.

NYC Mental Health Film Festival, Official Selection

NYC Mental Health Film Festival - Official Selection Laurel

The Clay Center’s short film Bipolar Disorder and the Arts: Mark Vonnegut’s Story was one of 16 official selections of the 17th NYC Mental Health Film Festival. Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Mark Vonnegut participated in a panel discussion following the screening on February 18, 2023 at the Village East by Angelika in New York City. Watch a YouTube version of the film here.

APEX® Awards for Publication Excellence, Grand Award

Photo of APEX Grand Award certificate alongside Clay Center winning webpage

In 2022, our Clay Center team earned a Grand Award in the 34th annual APEX® Awards for Publication Excellence in the category of COVID-19 Media, for our thoughtfully curated and continually updated resource page on ‘Coronavirus and Family Mental Health’ throughout the pandemic. The educational resources shared included relevant news stories and hospital resources for supporting child mental health, and original articles, videos, and podcast episodes produced by our clinicians and team. The APEX® Awards are sponsored by Communications Concepts, Inc. and based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence.

Digital Health Awards®, Bronze, Digital Health – Social Media

Digital Health Award emblem - Spring 2022 Winnter

The Clay Center was recognized with a Spring 2022 Bronze Digital Health Award in the category of Digital Health – Social Media for our 2021 Clinical Tip of the Week Instagram campaign. We shared weekly video advice from child psychiatrists Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Khadijah Booth Watkins psychiatrists to help families navigate emotional and mental health challenges at home during the pandemic. Each year the The Digital Health Awards® honors the best digital health resources developed for consumers and health professionals. The awards program is organized by the Health Information Resource Centersm (HIRC).

Web Marketing Association, Outstanding Website 

Screenshot of Clay Center Web Award for Outstanding Website

The Clay Center was recognized with a 2019 WebAward for outstanding achievement in web development for the redesign of our website to accommodate our growing multimedia education library. Since 1997, the Web Marketing Association’s annual WebAward Competition has been setting the standard of excellence for Website development, and is the premier award recognition program for Website developers and the online marketing community.

PR Club of New England, Silver Bell Ringer Award

Photo of Silver Bell Ringer Award for SHIFT and Clay Center

Influencing how mainstream news and consumer media report and educate the public on mental health is among the Clay Center’s top initiatives.Through collaboration with SHIFT Communications, The Clay Center was recognized in a Silver Bell Ringer Award from the PR Club of New England in the Nonprofit Communications Campaign category for “Cultivating an Important Conversation: Destigmatizing Mental Health.” Since 1969, The PR Club’s the Bell Ringer Awards program was instituted to recognize public relations work which demonstrates excellence in creative planning and professional education and exhibits a high degree of success in reaching predetermined objectives.

Looking for Luke Film

The Clay Center’s original short documentary Looking for Luke was aims to raise awareness and increase dialog about depression as an illness and destigmatize seeking help for mental health, in a time when these issues are of high concern at college campuses across the country. In addition to dozens of community screenings across the the country, the film was an official selection in three national film festivals.

10th Boston Asian American Film Festival, Official Selection

2018 Boston Asian American Film Festival laurel - official selectionLooking for Luke, was screened at the Pao Arts Center in Boston, MA on October 23, 2018 as an official selection of the  is an official selection of the 2018 Boston Asian American Film Festival.


Seattle Asian American Film Festival, Official Selection

Looking for Luke poster featuring 2018 Seattle Asian American Film Festival laurel at top

Our original short documentary, Looking for Luke, was screened at the Northwest Film Forum on February 25, 2018 as an official selection of the 2018 Seattle Asian American Film Festival.


APHA Public Health Film Festival, Official Selection

APHA logoOn November 7, 2017, Looking for Luke was screened as an official selection in the APHA Global Public Health Film Festival in the category of “Inform, Educate, Empower.” As part of the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting, one of the largest and most influential public health meetings in the world,  this film festival offers a versatile way to learn, raise awareness, improve understanding, and spark the conversation about health in creative ways.