Events

Virtual events

When Harlem Saved a King: Mental health in the Black community then and now

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“When Harlem Saved A King: Mental Health in the Black Community Then and Now” is a panel discussion about the September 20th,1958 stabbing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Izola Ware Curry, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia following the incident. Panelists discuss mental health in the Black community then and now, the importance of treatment, and available mental health services and resources in Harlem and citywide.

This discussion features Dr. Jeff Gardere (America’s Psychologist), Dr. Allyne Spinner (Ms. Izola Ware Curry’s social worker), Sylvia White (Chief of Staff for Harlem Hospital), Reverend Jacques DeGraff (President of The Friends of Harlem Hospital Center) and Dana Bello (Librarian, New York Public Library, Countee Cullen Branch). The panel is moderated by Christopher Lynn-Logue, Employer Engagement Manager at the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health, and presented by Spaces to Thrive, a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health and The New York Public Library, and The Community Initiatives.


Reflections on mental health & writing

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New Yorkers are experiencing losses both big and small during the COVID-19 crisis. Literature – particularly books on mental health – can provide escape, comfort and help. “Reflections on Mental Health & Writing” is a panel discussion with authors who have written about mental health and mental illness, presented by Spaces to Thrive, a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health and The New York Public Library.

The panel features Bassey Ikpi (author of I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying), Mira T. Lee (author of Everything Here Is Beautiful), Kenneth Paul Rosenberg (author of Bedlam and director of the Sundance Film Festival and PBS-aired documentary Bedlam), Gretchen Rubin (author of The Happiness Project) and Stephanie Anderson, Assistant Director of Selection at BookOps at the New York Public Library. The panel is moderated by Susan Herman, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health. 


Innovations in mental healthcare access during COVID-19

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Many New Yorkers are feeling anxious and sad right now, and as the COVID-19 crisis continues, the need for mental health support will only intensify. How can insurance providers promote mental health? How are they changing practices in response to the coronavirus outbreak?

“Innovations in Mental Healthcare Access during COVID-19″ is a conversation with leading insurance providers and public health experts about how they are reaching and serving New Yorkers in new ways.

The panel features Dr. Michael McRae, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Health Promotion for Justice-Impacted Populations (NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene); Mario Schlosser, CEO of Oscar; Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of EmblemHealth; and Marjorie A. Cadogan, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Citywide Insurance Access (HRA). The panel is moderated by Susan Herman, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health.

Webinars on trauma support for Black, Brown, and interdenominational faith leaders 

The following series of webinars for Black and Brown faith leaders across New York City provide an overview of the science on how trauma affects individuals and communities, strategies for faith leaders to help address trauma in the communities they serve, and information about trauma resources available to support communities and faith leaders.

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Webinars on the role of faith communities in promoting mental health following a disaster

Join us for virtual conversations that will bring together leaders from diverse faith traditions to discuss the lessons in the Mental Health Toolkit for Faith and Community Leaders, including strategies and resources to help faith leaders better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect the mental health of your faith community. A partnership between the Interfaith Center of New York, New York Disaster Interfaith Services, and the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health, these free webinars will also offer faith leaders an opportunity to support and learn from one another.

Pandemic grief & clergy self-care toolkit and panel discussion
This webinar includes an overview of the Toolkit and a moderated panel discussion on how trauma impacts grief and the unique importance of self-care during periods of grief.

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Mental health toolkit webinar for Christian leaders

This webinar includes a brief overview of the Toolkit and how to take action to support the mental health of your faith community during the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a moderated panel discussion with emotional and spiritual care experts from the Christian faith tradition.
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Mental health toolkit and panel discussion for Buddhist & Hindu leaders
This webinar includes a brief overview of the Toolkit and how to take action to support the mental health of your faith community during the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a moderated panel discussion with emotional and spiritual care experts from the Buddhist and Hindu faith traditions.
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Mental health toolkit webinar for Jewish leaders

This webinar includes a brief overview of the Toolkit and how to take action to support the mental health of your faith community during the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a moderated panel discussion with emotional and spiritual care experts from the Jewish faith tradition.
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Mental health toolkit and panel discussion for African diaspora leaders
This webinar includes a brief overview of the Toolkit and how to take action to support the mental health of your faith community during the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a moderated panel discussion with emotional and spiritual care experts from African Diaspora faith traditions.
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Pandemic grief & trauma toolkit & panel discussion
This webinar includes an overview of the Toolkit and a moderated panel discussion on how trauma impacts grief and the unique importance of self-care during periods of grief.
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Mental health toolkit and panel discussion for Muslim leaders
This webinar includes a brief overview of the Toolkit and how to take action to support the mental health of your faith community during the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a moderated panel discussion with emotional and spiritual care experts from the Muslim faith tradition.
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