Addressing Social Determinants of Suicide and Mental Health
|19 January 2023
|12:00 - 13:00
|What is it:
|Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
|Who is it for:
|University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public
Abundant research shows that poverty, financial hardship, unemployment, income inequalities and other economic factors increase the risk for suicide. Nevertheless, the field of suicide prevention has not integrated strategies to address these economic determinants.
Hosted by Professor of Psychiatry Nusrat Husain, guest speaker Oscar Jiménez-Solomon will give a presentation on the overview of recent evidence about the effect of social policies - such as tax credits, unemployment benefits, minimum wage, food assistance, and housing supports – on suicide risk, and make a case for the need to expand suicide prevention by integrating economic empowerment strategies at the micro, meso, and macro levels.
The presentation will also share preliminary lessons from a peer-led financial empowerment intervention to reduce suicidal ideation, and a new initiative in New York State to provide mental health counselling and suicide safety planning in tandem with supports to navigate financial counselling and free tax preparation assistance.
Registration starts at 11:30 am, talk starts at 12:00 pm. Lunch will be provided after the talk. Please register your interest with Teresa Luk at firstname.lastname@example.org
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