Joseph Gibson, a former therapist at Roseland Clinic, will be joining us as our guest speaker.
From “Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic is ground zero in fight against cutbacks” by Yana Kunichoff
“Darius Lightfood, a Woodlawn community member and activist with Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY), the youth section of STOP, said that the violence of the neighborhood makes mental health clinics especially imporatnt. ‘One of my best friends was Damien Turner and he passed in a drive-by shooting in 2010, and I was kind of depressed by it,’ said Lightfoot…’This closing affects so many people that I know of, Kids’ friends get shot, and they don’t know how to deal with it. I know kids who need these centers to stay open.””
Questions for Consideration
Why are mental health clinics important for communities? With six of the twelve clinics closing, what kind of an effect will this have on the patients who need them? What are the advantages and disadvantages of privatization of the clinics?
Want to learn more?
- A public health merger in Chicago?
- Photo essay: Mental health clinic closures- the faces of austerity
- Activist Protest Closure Of Logan Square Health Clinic
- Closure of Chicago Mental Health Clinic Looms
- Emanuel: Mental health clinic closures mean more patients served
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