The Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice (formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association) is a compassionate community of individuals and organizations dedicated to informing policy, practice and research concerning behavioral health, social justice, and well-being. 

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

In the words of our 2019 Vera Paster award winner, Jill Fish:

"Today, August 9th, is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. We - Indigenous peoples - exist all over the world, with rich cultures and Indigenous People's Dayhistories dating long before colonization. This is the part of the story that people “kinda, sorta” remember - what happened to “the Indians” when Columbus came is often a story of the conquered and the conqueror. Not only is this story one very small part of a much larger story, but it’s also completely false. Indigenous peoples were and continue to be fierce protectors of our land, rights, and the environment. Take, for example, the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaiʻi - land that holds great spiritual and cultural significance to Kānaka ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiians). Kia’i (protectors) have been unwavering in defending sacred Mauna Kea and their sovereignty for their community and future generations, enduring a long-range acoustic device (i.e., a sound cannon) and arrests from militarized police. See, we - Indigenous peoples - are not merely of the past; we are of the present and of the future. Being the author of our own stories, rather than the subject of dominant narratives, gives us the power to place our cultures and histories at the center of our development and achieve a more nuanced understanding of what it means to be Indigenous in the modern world. These are our some of our stories."

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In this Issue

Highlights from the Latest AJO
Volume 89, Issue 4  

Special Section: Effecting Social Change Across Contexts: Needs and Mechanisms

Ryan P. Kilmer and Jill D. McLeigh, Editors

Special Section: Cultural Adaptation of Mental Health Interventions for Americans of East Asian Descent

Hyeouk Chris Hahm and Miwa Yasui, Editors

and more.....

AJO in the news! Check out this news story referencing an AJO article to learn how views of mental illness differ based on ethnicity, race, and gender in young teenagers. Find the full article here

Catching up with our Members

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Cynthia Taylor Handrup, president-elect, was elected to the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) Foundation Board at their recently concluded annual meeting!  Congrats Cynthia!

Members of the Global Alliance's Global Mental Health Task Force will present a session, Global Mental Health:  Meeting the Challenges from the Lancet Commission, at the 2019 Society for Community Research and Action Biennial Conference in Chicago, June 26-29.  

Members of the Global Alliance's Human Trafficking Task Force will present a session, Multisectoral Reflections on a Primary Prevention Framework for Child Trafficking:  A Roundtable Discussion, at the 2019 Society for Community Research and Action Biennial Conference in Chicago, June 26-29.   

President-Elect Cynthia Handrup, Secretary Edilma Yearwood, and Member Sara Horton-Deutsch will present a session, Finding our Collective Voice:  Morally Informed Action for the Promotion of Global Mental Health, at the 2019 International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC, May 29-June 1.     

Deborah Klein Walker, past president of the Global Alliance, attended the World Federation of Public Health Associations meeting in Geneva from May 18-21.
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 Check out our most recent policy resolutions! 

We've been busy this summer, working on five new policy resolutions. Make sure you take a look and let us know if you'd like to join with us in our work on Immigration, LGBTQ+ rights, or Global Mental Health. #GAinAction #ThinkAboutPolicy

 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons


Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Human trafficking is a crime that affects children, women, and men and occurs in every country. UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children are victims of human trafficking each year and that 71% of human trafficking victims are women and children. The Global Alliance supports working from a human rights perspective to prevent human trafficking among those vulnerable to being trafficked and those vulnerable to becoming traffickers. Everyone can play a role in the prevention of human trafficking.

  • Explore the Child Trafficking page on the Global Alliance website where you can find facts about human trafficking and relevant research on the topic from the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.  
  • Donate to or volunteer for an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting survivors. 

  • Learn to recognize the signs of trafficking and call the trafficking hotline at 1 (888) 373-7888 if you suspect someone is being trafficked.