Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness

Please join us for the fifth Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Luncheon

A conversation with Tipper Gore, Advocate, Artist, Philanthropist, and former Second Lady of the United States

Hosted by Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., President & CEO, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Tipper Gore and Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein will discuss public advocacy in reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

583 Park Avenue (

New York, NY

Reception: 11:00am

Luncheon & Program: 12:00pm-2:00pm


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Presented by 
Tipper Gore
Tipper Gore




Former Second Lady of the United States


Advocate, artist and philanthropist, Tipper Gore brings her warmth and kindness to communities around the globe. She has dedicated her life to giving voice to parents, children and families, those with mental health challenges, the homeless, and so many more.
Tipper works to eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and is a strong advocate for early intervention and prevention, as well as quality, affordable health care including parity in treatment.
As former Second Lady of the United States, Tipper served as Mental Health Policy Advisor to President Bill Clinton, and convened the first ever White House Conference on Mental Health in 1999.
In 1990, she founded Tennessee Voices for Children, a coalition to promote services for children and youth with behavioral, emotional, substance abuse, or other mental health challenges. Today, Tennessee Voices for Children has grown to be a leading statewide and national advocacy and support network, reaching more than 150,000 parents/caregivers, family members, and professionals in just the last year.
Combining her love for photography with causes near to her heart, she worked with the National Alliance for the Homeless, co-authoring The Way Home: Ending Homelessness in America, a collection of photographs by Tipper and other prominent photographers. 
She’s hosted gallery auctions to benefit organizations supporting those living with HIV/AIDS. She’s published photo essays to put faces on the statistics of those living in poverty and in war-ravaged communities – and worked to feature the beauty and resilience of the human spirit.
She helped draw attention to the effect of violence in the media upon children by co-founding the Parents' Music Resource Center in 1985 to promote parental and consumer awareness.
Tipper received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Boston University in 1970, and her Master's degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1975.
Her children and grandchildren are a continual source of pride, and inspire her ongoing work support families, children, and those in need.

Moderated by
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host and executive producer of the series. The program, broadcast nationwide, is available online, and focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein served as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association from 2012 - 2023.

Dr. Borenstein is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Section of Psychiatry at the Academy. He also has served as the President of the New York State Psychiatric Association. Dr. Borenstein earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his medical degree at New York University.