280,000 New Yorkers live with serious mental illness. Far too many are not connected to the support systems and communities they need, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated this.
We cannot jail, hospitalize, or shelter our way out of the issue of mental illness in our City. It's time to imagine a healthier future for New York City, one where people with mental illness can achieve their potential and build the communities we all need to thrive.
Mental Health in Transition is a 3-part series, presented by Fountain House in partnership with Trinity Church Wall Street, that explores the intersection of public safety, housing, and public health on mental health.
Panel 1: Reinventing Public Safety
- Christina Sparrock, CPA, Peer, Mental Health Advocate
- Susan Shah, Managing Director, Racial Justice, Trinity Church Wall Street
- Elizabeth Glazer, Founder of Vital City, and former Director of the NYC Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice
- Eric Gonzalez, Brooklyn District Attorney
Moderator: Caroline Lewis, Health Reporter, WNYC/Gothamist