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.


Look at Who We're Recognizing for Their Contributions to Behavioral Health and Social Justice

Bennett CSE Clark GJP Martin
Walidah G. Bennett,
Director of Multi-Faith
Veteran Support Initiative

Campaign for Southern
Equality

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara,
MFA, MDiv, Executive Director

Carl Clark, MD, 
and the Mental
Health Center of Denver

Georgia Justice Project
and Doug Ammar, JD,
Executive Director
Vicki Hines-Martin, PhD,
PMHCNS, RN, FAAN
Learn more about our 2019 Recognition Award Winner here

 

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In this Issue

Highlights from the Latest AJO
Volume 89, Issue 3  

Special Issue: Effective Mentorship and Research Designs to Engage Underrepresented Populations

Mentoring to Promote Health Equity

Best Practices for Researching Diverse Groups

Mentoring Sexual and Gender Minorities

Culturally Congruent Mentoring

and more.....

 

 May is Mental Health Month 

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

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This year's theme is 4Mind4Body. A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can also help people recover from these conditions. Expanding on last year's success, the topics of animal companionship (including pets and support animals), spirituality and religion, humor, work-life balance, and recreation and social connections as ways to boost mental health and general wellness will be explored throughout the month. 


 What are we concerned about…?

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…. the impact of family separation on refugee health and well-being.

In a recent American Journal of Orthopsychiatry article, Miller and colleagues (2018) found that family separation was a particularly distressing aspect of individuals’ resettlement experience and significantly contributed to mental health problems among refugees. Many refugees in the US are children who have experienced trauma in their home countries, during their travel to the US, and upon arrival in the US. Notably, a significant trauma experienced by many of these youth, especially more recently in the US, is that of being separated from parents and family. Policies that facilitate family reunification and efforts to ameliorate the mental health consequences of family separation and trauma are key in promoting the mental health and well-being of immigrant and refugee groups.

Read more about the Miller et al., (2018) article here and in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Check out Global Alliance Board Member, Deborah Klein Walker’s National Academy of Medicine blog post to learn about the importance of strengthening mental health support for refugee children.