October 20, 2022
Featuring Keynote Speaker Diana Chao
Youth Mental Health Activist and Founder/Executive Director of Letters to Strangers
Come celebrate with us as we mark 50 fantastic years of serving people, families, and communities across western Massachusetts and Connecticut.
In 1972, a group of revolutionaries gathered around a kitchen table to change the way we approach mental health care. For five decades, they and their legacy—the Center for Human Development—have provided compassionate care and support to people in need from all walks of life. Read more about CHD’s history.
Now, on CHD’s 50th anniversary, we are celebrating our history—and bright future—of standing strong at the heart of our community’s social safety net, helping thousands of people and families to find a way toward better lives.
Keynote Speaker Diana Chao
Diana Chao’s story is one of hardship, creation, and healing. A first-generation Chinese-American from Los Angeles and a 2021 graduate from Princeton University where she studied geosciences, history, and diplomacy, Diana was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 13 years old and is a suicide attempt survivor and suicide loss survivor.
Diana founded Letters to Strangers (L2S) as a high school sophomore. L2S is now a global youth-for-youth mental health nonprofit impacting over 35,000 people on six continents. For this work, she became the youngest recipient of NAMI’s Young Leader Award, the youngest-ever winner of the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Award (recognized by HRH The Prince of Wales), Oprah Magazine’s 2019 Health Hero, one of 30 Global Teen Leaders in 2017 by Nile Rodgers’ We Are Family Foundation, and the only American winner of the Global Changemakers 2019 cohort.
At our celebration, Diana will tell us her personal story, from aspects of minority mental health—such as growing up below the poverty line with parents who didn’t speak English—to the power that even the smallest acts of kindness have had on her life. Incorporated within are strategies for maintaining mental wellbeing for ourselves and one another. Though her presentation has an underlying focus on youth, it is suitable for all audiences.
CHD’s 50th Anniversary Celebration will feature a cocktail reception and dinner along with an inspirational program including remarks from President and CEO James Goodwin, granting of the Founders Award, and a special keynote address by Diana Chao.
If you are unable to join us for the Anniversary Celebration and would like to make a donation in honor of this special milestone, you can do so here.
Tickets to the Anniversary Celebration Dinner can be purchased online using the form below. If you wish to purchase tickets by check, please print and complete this form and mail with your payment to: CHD Fundraising Office, 332 Birnie Avenue, Springfield, MA 01107.