Dr. Jean Lau Chin

In Loving Memory of Dr. Jean Lau Chin

1944 - 2020


Dr. Jean Lau Chin, a Board Member for over 20 years and former and Board President of the Mental Health Association of Nassau County. Dr. Chin was a driving force in the agency. It saddens us to bring you the news that Dr. Chin has passed due to the COVID-19 virus.​

Dr. Chin was a highly successful Ph.D. with a long list of accomplishments including multiple professorships at Teachers College, Derner Institute for Advanced Psychology, and California School of Professional Psychology. She also was an accomplished Fulbright Scholar at the University of Sydney, Australia, and Adelphi University. Dr. Chin also worked at several mental health and medical centers as a staff psychologist and director. 

Dr. Chin strongly believed in cultural humility and saw strength in diversity, and it was at the heart of her work, especially as it pertained to psychology, leadership, minority, and women’s rights. More recently Dr. Chin gave a TEDx talk and was part of the College of Advisors as part of the organization Erase Racism.

While our community is deeply saddened by Dr. Chin’s passing, we celebrate the warm presence she brought to the MHANC family and invite you​ to celebrate her life with us. she will be sorely missed and forever favored.  


Nearly 1 in 5 adults, more than 18%, in the U.S. experience mental illness in a given year.

5-6% of American adults have a serious mental illness; about 2% have disorders that are long-term and disabling, contributing to very high rates of unemployment and poor living conditions.

More than 450 million people around the world live with mental illnesses.

20-25% of Americans have a diagnosable mental and/or substance use disorder in any given year: 6.8 million people with an addiction have a mental illness.

There were approximately 20.6 million people in the United States over the age of 12 with an addiction in 2011, excluding tobacco.

Over 3 million people in 2011 received treatment for their addiction.

The Long Island Coalition estimated that there are approximately 3,000 homeless people in Nassau County and 64 of them are living on the streets.

30-40% of homeless adults and 15-20% of people in jails and prisons in the United States have a serious mental illness. This is often accompanied by substance abuse problems in both these populations.

As many as 10% of children have a serious emotional disturbance, contributing to school failure and other serious problems.

Just over 20 percent of children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder.

It is estimated that 1 in 68 children in the US have autism.

As the number of older adults doubles over the next two decades so will the number of older adults with mental disordersThis includes 5.5 million older adults who currently have Alzheimer’s disorder or other dementia. Without advances in prevention, this will rise to 11 million older adults with dementia by 2050.

11 to 20% of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom) have been diagnosed with PTSD.

30% of soldiers develop mental problems within 3 to 4 months of being home.

Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (aka PTSD, an anxiety disorder that follows experiencing a traumatic event) are the most common mental health problems faced by returning troops.