The Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice (formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association) is a compassionate community of individuals and organizations dedicated to informing policy, practice and research concerning behavioral health, social justice, and well-being. 

CTAComing Together for Action 2020

An Interdisciplinary Conference on Behavioral Health, Social Justice, and Healthier Communities

October 7th-10th in Charlotte, NC 


Now more than ever we need research, innovation, and action to promote behavioral health among individuals, families, and communities. Coming Together for Action 2020 will bring together community members, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers who are passionate about behavioral health, social justice, and well-being promotion. You won't want to miss it! Check out highlights from Coming Together for Action 2018 and stay tuned for the Call for Abstract coming soon!

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In this Issue

Highlights from the Latest AJO
Volume 89, Issue 6  


Gross-Manos, D., Haas, B. M., Richter, F., Crampton, D., Korbin, J. E., Coulton, C. J., & Spilsbury, J. C. (2019). Two sides of the same neighborhood? Multilevel analysis of residents’ and child-welfare workers’ perspectives on neighborhood social disorder and collective efficacy.

Reid, J. A., Baglivio, M. T., Piquero, A. R., Greenwald, M. A., & Epps, N. (2019). No youth left behind to human trafficking: Exploring profiles of risk. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(6), 704–715.

Mental Health

Sánchez-Sandoval, Y., & Melero, S. (2019). Psychological adjustment in Spanish young adult domestic adoptees: Mental health and licit substance consumption. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(6), 640–653.

Shaw, S. A., Ward, K. P., Pillai, V., & Hinton, D. E. (2019). A group mental health randomized controlled trial for female refugees in Malaysia. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(6), 665–674.

and more.....

AJO in the news! Check out this news story referencing an AJO article to learn how views of mental illness differ based on ethnicity, race, and gender in young teenagers. Find the full article here

Catching up with our Members

Congratulations to Board members Cynthia Handrup and Edilma Yearwood on presenting at the RCN (Royal College of Nursing) International Nursing Research Conference in London, England earlier this month.  One of the preeminent global nursing research conferences, Handrup and Yearwood both presented on topics related to global mental health. 


Cynthia Handrup, DNP, APN

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses Meeting the Challenge of Improving Global Mental Health 



Edilma Yearwood, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Examining the Evidence on Mental Health Literacy and Stigma Reduction in Low and Middle-Income Countries


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 Check out our most recent policy resolutions! 

We've been busy this summer, working on five new policy resolutions. Make sure you take a look and let us know if you'd like to join with us in our work on Immigration, LGBTQ+ rights, or Global Mental Health. #GAinAction #ThinkAboutPolicy

 30th Anniversary of the CRC 


2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The CRC is the most ratified UN document, with 196 state parties who have ratified the agreement, and has played an instrumental role in improving the lives of children worldwide. The CRC recognizes children as people that are active members of society rather than framing children’s responsibilities solely as needs from others. The CRC has four guiding principles: (1) non-discrimination; (2) adherence to the best interests of the child; (3) the right to life; survival and development; and (4) the right to participate. These connected principles form the foundation for the realization of all rights.

Although progress has been made, children’s rights are still under threat around the world.

  • 262 million children and youth are out of school.
  • 650 million girls are married before their 18th birthday.
  • By 2040, 25% of children will live in areas where water is an extremely limited resource.

The 30th anniversary of the CRC provides an important opportunity to reaffirm commitment to the advancement of children’s rights everywhere.