Gary Belkin

Founder and President of Billion Minds Institute

Dr. Belkin is currently Founder and President, Billion Minds Institute. Previously, he was Executive Deputy Commissioner in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where he led the Division of Mental Hygiene and its development of the framework and implementation for the NYC wide approach to innovate for mental health called ThriveNYC.

Before his joining city government, he was the Medical Director for Behavioral Health across the Health and Hospitals Corporation of the City of New York.  He has led policy development in urban health settings, advancing innovative approaches to public mental health. As Director of the NYU Program in Global Mental Health, Dr Belkin partnered with other groups to test and scale community-led models of mental health in less resourced countries that  are now widely used.

Dr Belkin established Billion Minds to build out a new and necessary field of policy and applied community action and networks that pragmatically link safeguarding mental health and a humane social climate, to the climate crisis and securing sustainable societies.