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

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,
Learn more about our 2019 Recognition Award Winner here


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In this Issue

Highlights from the Latest AJO
Volume 89, Issue 2  

Family Stress and Youth Mental Health problems

A Complex Tertiary Prevention Approach for Recently Homeless Youth

Trauma-Informed Care Training Intervention

Posttraumatic Growth in Low-Income Black Mothers who Survived Hurricane Katrina

Linking Parents’ Self-Stigma to the Adjustment of Children with Disabilities

and more.....


Global Alliance board member, Edilma Yearwood earned the Estelle Osborne Recognition Award from NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. 

Yearwood completed her Master's degree at NYU and the award recognizes individuals who have "advanced the professional development of nurses, served as role models, and actively participated in professional organizations.” Currently, Yearwood is chair of the Department of Professional Nursing Practice at the School of Nursing & Health Studies at Georgetown University.

 May is Mental Health Month 

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


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.