Framing Global Mental Health Priorities: Policy and Practice through a Human Rights Lens
• Sofia Gruskin, JD, MIA, 2020 Hayman Awardee, Director of USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health
• Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, PMHCNS- BC, FAAN, Chair, Department Chair of Professional Nursing Practice at Georgetown University
• Mia N. Campbell, BSc, Research Assistant at Columbia Spatial Epidemiology Lab
COVID-19 is a public health challenge that is threatening the health and well-being of citizens globally. The long-term mental health of children, families and communities, especially in light of the significant health and economic disparities and racial injustices experienced by communities of color remain unknown. In this time of uncertainty, attention to the mental health needs of everyone, and particularly of young people is urgently needed. Local communities must find ways to promote resilience and support in the face of isolation and loneliness and to help those who are experiencing distress.
Exploring health and human rights this event will frame priorities that address policy and practice, focus on disparities that exist globally and prioritize meaningful systemic change.
The Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice (Global Alliance) has a long history of focusing on the intersection of human rights, social justice, and behavioral health.
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