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Insight Labs Interviews Dr. Holliday on New Thinking About Population Mental Health 10.01.12
Insight Labs Interviews Dr. Holliday on New Thinking About Population Mental Health

A community has the answers to its own issues. It just may not feel empowered to share them, or it may not have someone asking the right questions.

In this interview with Insight Labs, the Adler School’s Christopher Holliday discusses barriers to community mental health and well-being, and what can be done to overturn those barriers. Holliday is Director of the Adler School’s newly established Center on the Social Determinants of Mental Health, a national center of excellence at the Institute on Social Exclusion.

“Population-level mental health is one of the new and emerging fields where we are looking at the effect of social structures on the overall well-being on the community,” he explains in this extensive conversation.

“So think about a person presenting issues of depression to a clinical psychologist. We believe—and studies show —that large groups of people (particularly those who are marginalized, whether they are limited English proficiency or people of color or LGBT or some other type of group that is experiencing stigma) can experience collective deficits to their well-being as a result of these social determinants. So there is a social connection between and among people by which a lot of sickness or illness can affect the global well-being.

Click here to read the full interview, “Help them help themselves.”

About the Adler School

The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a scholar/practitioner model for 60 years. Its mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities, and advancing social justice. The Adler School offers doctoral and master’s degree programs enrolling more than 1,000 students at its campuses in Chicago and Vancouver, British Columbia.


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