Is mental health a human right?
The panel of 80 social workers gathered online to address the topic and share experiences. The “B.O.L.D. Talk” was organized by the National Association of Social Workers-NYC Chapter, in partnership with Touro College Graduate School of Social Work, including special guests and GSSW alumni Julie Jimenez, MSW and Bobby Staley, LCSW, LMSW, CASAC. “We looked at mental health disparities that affect the most at-risk and vulnerable communities, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they particularly affect BIPOC minorities and immigrants,” said Dr. Eric Levine, professor and director of social work alumni engagement, continuing education & development at GSSW and the event’s co-facilitator with NASW-NYC chapter board president Erica Sandoval, LCSW. “We examined barriers to care, continuity and quality of service, and the often punitive nature of mental health policy and delivery including racist practices that occur all too often. The event generated a powerful dialogue about the challenges our communities face and the pressing concerns of the social work profession. It was thrilling to hear of the deep passion and commitment of our colleagues to pursue justice and social change.”