Is Mental Health a Human Right?
Is Mental Health a Human Right? On January 20, the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) is partnering with the National Association of Social Workers – NYC Chapter to explore the issue. The “B.O.L.D. Talk” will examine the mental health disparities that affect at-risk and vulnerable communities, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and how they affect BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) and immigrants.
“We will explore whether access to mental health is a human right and look at issues related to barriers to care, continuity and quality of service, and the often punitive nature of mental health policy and delivery, as well as the racist practices that may be embedded in these systems,” said Eric Levine, DSW, MSW, LMSW, the evening’s facilitator and director of social work alumni engagement, continuing education & development at the GSSW.
A panel of social work experts will share their observations and analyses of the issues, including NASW-NYC Board President Erica Sandoval, LCSW, and special guests Julie Jimenez, LMSW and Bobby Staley, LCSW, LMSW, CASAC – both GSSW alumni.