The Adler School of Professional Psychology and its Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) this week concluded "The Social Determinants of Urban Mental Health: Paving the Way Forward,” a two-day conference that brought leading global experts on the social determinants of mental health to Chicago—and generated significant discussion throughout the meeting and online about the challenges confronting urban well-being.
Europe’s renowned scholar on health inequalities and the director of the University College London Institute of Health Equity (Marmot Institute), Michael G. Marmot, Ph.D., gave a keynote address on “Taking Action on Social Determinants to Improve Mental Health in Urban Settings.” Additional presenters included:
- “They Are What You Feed Them” author Alex Richardson, senior research fellow, Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, University of Oxford, and cofounder of the U.K. charity Food and Behaviour Research, who shared her latest work and research on “The Critical Role of Nutrition in Mental Health.”
- Kwame McKenzie, M.D., medical director of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, who unveiled work demonstrating how social factors such as racism are linked to poor mental health, in his presentation “How Do Cities Cause Mental Illness?”
- Sarah Curtis, D.Phil., professor of health and risk at University of Durham, U.K., who examined “Space, Place and Mental Health”—how why geographical settings lead to mental health and other health inequalities.
Lynn Todman, Ph.D., ISE executive director and a prominent U.S. expert on the link between public policies and the mental health of urban communities, also facilitated a workshop presenting the Institute’s groundbreaking Mental Health Impact Assessment (MHIA) project in collaboration with Chicago’s Englewood community, and topline results of the 18-month study.
See Day One conference highlights in tweets, photos, video and presentations.
View presentations from "The Social Determinants of Urban Mental Health: Paving the Way Forward.”
Read presentation recaps by Adler School students Dana Whitt and YeVette Harris and more on the Adler School Blog.
For more information about “The Social Determinants of Urban Mental Health: Paving the Way Forward” or the Adler School’s Institute on Social Exclusion and its MHIA project, visit adler.edu/ISE or email ISE@adler.edu.
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