May is Mental Health Awareness Month
In the U.S., over 57% of people with a mental health condition do not receive treatment, and the data is more staggering for marginalized individuals. The reasons individuals do not seek treatment are varied and include health care costs, mental health stigma, limited or no insurance coverage, geographical challenges, and lack of culturally competent services. As a result, mental health care access has become a social, public health, and equity issue. As we recognize May as Mental Health Awareness Month, this month’s Social Justice Conversation series will examine mental health care access through a social justice lens. We will hear from clinicians, researchers, and entrepreneurs who will share innovative initiatives they are using to increase access to mental health services. Additionally, the panelists will discuss the opportunities, challenges, and ethical issues that arise in bridging technology and mental health. Finally, we will discuss strategies that will help mental health professionals develop a mindset for incorporating technology into their professional practices.
Charmain F. Jackman. PhD, Owner,
Andy Reimer, EdM, Equity & Inclusion Fellow, Harvard Grad. School of Education | Founder of SHLD
Chetan Jhaveri, MPA, MBA, Co-Founder, Sophia
Jennifer Warkentin, PhD, Director of Professional Affairs, Massachusetts Psychological Association
Emily Weinstein, EdD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Education