Kids Minds Matter

Kids’ Minds Matter was founded in 2016 when a group of concerned volunteers noticed a lack of resources for children struggling with mental and behavioral health issues. Led by co-founders Susan Goldy and Scott Spiezle, the group aims to raise awareness for the estimated 46,000 children in Southwest Florida who are currently living with these invisible illnesses and do not have adequate support services. Funds raised through their annual Secret Garden Gala will assist children and families with mental health and behavioral disorders in our community, enable them to receive the proper diagnosis, the necessary treatment, and the resources to hopefully live successful and productive lives.

Providing sustainable behavioral healthcare for local children will require ongoing support from our community.

“In the next 12 months, 36,000 children in Southwest Florida will have a diagnosable behavioral health illness and would benefit from pediatric psychiatric or psychological counseling,” says Susan Goldy. “24,000 of those children are from families who are either on Medicaid or are uninsured. Florida Medicaid provides little, if any, reimbursement to healthcare providers for pediatric behavioral healthcare. So even if professional help were available, without philanthropy and the commitment of Golisano Children’s Hospital to provide care, 24,000 children in our community in just this year would not be able to afford the care that could change their lives for the better.”

Join us in being a voice for behavioral health at Golisano Children’s Hospital by donating to Kids’ Minds Matter today. Your gift can help save the life of a child and heal a family.

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2nd Annual Secret Garden Gala

March 7, 2018

Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida

Join Kids’ Minds Matter for an elegant evening at the historic Shangri-La Springs as we raise awareness and funds for pediatric behavioral health in our community. While in the “secret garden,” guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, a seated dinner provided by Crave Culinaire, entertainment, a lively auction and more! Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance as seating is limited! For more information call (239) 214-0898 or click here

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View photos from the 2017 Secret Garden Gala

To learn more about Kids’ Minds Matter or the Secret Garden Gala, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Lee Health Foundation at 239-214-0898