Mental health is now being recognised as a powerful determinant of wellbeing across all sectors. In the context of an ever urbanising society, the rise of loneliness, depression, time-poverty, and stress are indicators that our cities must take a pro-active role in supporting our psychological, emotional, and social needs.
Day 4 of the festival will focus on how to create the conditions for mental health to become a priority in how we design our streets and buildings.
Questions & Answers
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Takeesha White, LMSW Acting Assistant Commissioner of the bureau of Systems Partnerships, in the Center for Health Equity, at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Takeesha White has over 10 years of progressive experience, in public health education and mental health promotion and service delivery in national and international settings.
Takeesha has been an active participant in improving partnerships within the five boroughs to ensure health equity and healthier environments while naming racism as a root cause for poor health outcomes. She was also a leader in the design and strategic development of Mental Health By Design and the Founding Director of Friendship Benches NYC a non-traditional approach to closing treatment gaps by employing Peers as community mental health workers to deliver counseling at the neighborhood level. Ms. White led community connectivity and digital strategies for mental health promotion for Thrive NYC and behavioral health strategy development at the Center for Health Equity.