Applying a racial justice lens to mental health and wellbeing

In this podcast Sana Chehimi, director of policy and advocacy for Prevention Institute, interviews Isha Weerasinghe, a senior policy analyst on the youth team at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). They discuss the importance of supporting mental health and wellbeing for communities of color to achieve an equitable COVID-19 recovery and as part of dismantling systems that perpetuate structural violence and racism. Isha describes how applying a racial justice lens to center lived experiences and community leadership allows CLASP to broaden the understanding of mental health and wellbeing and develop policy solutions and strategies that are otherwise overlooked.


Read more about CLASP’s work:

Behind the Asterisk*: Perspectives on Young Adult Mental Health from "Small and Hard-to-Reach" Communities…ef/behind-asterisk

Reconnecting, Realizing and Reimagining Justice: Advancing Economic Justice for Individuals and Communities Impacted by the Criminal Justice System…econnectingjustice

“Everybody Got Their Go Throughs”: Young Adults on the Frontlines of Mental Health…-Mental-Health.pdf

Between the Lines: Understanding Our Country’s Racialized Response to the Opioid Overdose Epidemic…ed-response-opioid

Ten Core Competencies for Youth and Young Adult Centered Mental Health Systems…tal-health-systems

Refining Evidence-Based Practices: Expanding Our View of Evidence…-our-view-evidence

Unlocking Transformation and Healing: Overview of Policy Options for Accessible Youth and Young Adult Mental Health Care…options-accessible

Mental and Behavioral Health System Fixes During the COVID-19 Crisis, and Beyond…ovid-19-crisis-and

*Photo credit: Sarah Mittermaier