The Seleni Institute, a non-profit dedicated to improving the emotional health of families during the family-building years, was honored at the Blue Dream Gala held last week in Southampton, New York.
The gala featured a performance by Greek pop star Antonis Remos and was hosted by The Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons.
The Retreat, an organization that provides safety and shelter to those affected by domestic abuse, was also honored at the gala.
Seleni Institute aims to destigmatize mental health
Nitzia and George Logothetis founded the Seleni Institute in 2011 to destigmatize and transform mental health and wellness by addressing real-life issues that challenge the emotional health of women, men, and their families.
Seleni envisions a world where emotional health is valued just as much as physical health.
They treat, train, support, and advocate to improve the emotional health of individuals and their families during the family-building years.
“It takes a mother to educate a village,” Nitzia Logothetis told Greek Reporter during an interview a couple of years after she and her husband George Logothetis founded the Seleni Institute.
The Greek-Panamanian mother of two created the first center for mothers and mothers-to-be in the US aimed at transforming mental health and wellness for women.
“I had noticed that women do not speak often out loud about their mental health problems and emotions and I hope we can change that,” Seleni’s Executive Chairwoman said, confirming the fact that our busy societies and daily routines often make us downplay the importance of our mental health.
The Seleni Institute is increasing:
- the availability and accessibility of mental health and wellness support for women and their families
- the availability of professional training opportunities for mental health and health care providers to screen, treat, and/or refer women in distress
- emotional support for women worldwide, through reasoned and practical online information
- knowledge and understanding of reproductive and maternal mental health through research funding
- and the likelihood of success in adulthood for young mothers by providing critical and evidence-based reproductive and maternal mental health services to pregnant and postpartum teenage girls
Supported by the Libra Group
The Seleni Insitute is supported by the Libra Group, an international business group owned by the Logothetis family with subsidiaries active across six continents.
It is focused on six sectors: aviation, renewable energy, maritime, hospitality, real estate, and diversified investments. The Group is committed to supporting a more sustainable and equitable future, including harnessing human ingenuity to help mitigate climate change while promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout its global footprint.
“Libra Group is proud to support the Seleni Institute as one of our social responsibility programs. Nitzia and George Logothetis originally founded Seleni, a non-profit organization that addresses maternal mental health, with the simple insight, ‘Change a mother’s life, change a child’s life.’” To date, the organization has helped thousands of patients and scaled vital support by training over five thousand health professionals around the world, according to a Libra Group announcement.