Report from the White House Roundtable on Mental Health with Young Women and Girl Leaders

On the final day of Women’s History Month, Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice and Gender Policy Council Director Jennifer Klein hosted a roundtable at the White House with young women leading their communities in the improved mental health. Participants were joined by leaders of national girls’ rights organizations, each of which has prioritized mental health policy and supported young women leaders tackling the issue.

As studies continue to highlight the mental health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for young people, participants shared their experiences and insights into the unique mental health challenges that women and girls face. confronted. The young women leaders also shared policy recommendations to strengthen girls’ mental health, including the need to meet girls where they are and the importance of reducing stigma and other barriers that make access difficult. young women and girls to mental health services.

Senior White House officials have reinforced the administration’s commitment to addressing our mental health crisis, a central pillar of the unity agenda that President Biden outlined in his state of the art address. Union. This commitment includes: increasing the size and diversity of the mental health workforce; expand coverage and reduce costs of mental health services; and the integration of mental health care and services in all settings, from schools to community centres. Senior White House officials pointed out that the President’s FY23 budget proposes a historic $829 million to strengthen and advance youth mental health. They also discussed the administration’s work to address the mental health impacts of social media, including addressing the intersection of online harassment and abuse and gender-based violence, a commitment that is part of the US government’s first-ever national gender strategy released by the Biden-Harris Administration last fall.

Among the young women leaders who participated in today’s roundtable are: • Belen Buckley, Youth Advisor, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality; California
• Enshalla Dunlop, National Agenda for Black Girls (NABG) Advisor, Girls for Gender Equity; new York
• Marley Dias, author and literary activist; New Jersey
• Elmirah Marcus Garcia, Youth Defender, National Crittenton; New Mexico
• Kiran Kadiyala, alumnus of Girls Inc.’s National Teen Advocacy Council; Florida
• Ava Macomber, youth leader, Girl Scouts of the USA; District of Colombia
• Mahogany Morris, Health and Education Intern, Justice for Black Girls Community Organization; new York
• Delgracia Sainvil, Member of the Young Women’s Advisory Council, Girls for Gender Equity; new York

The following organizational leaders also joined the roundtable: • Lisette Engel, Vice President for Policy and Systems Change, National Crittenton
• Rebecca Epstein, Executive Director, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality
• Stephanie Hull, President and CEO, Girls Inc.
• Margaret Mitchell, President and CEO, YWCA
• Monique Morris, President and CEO, Grantmakers for Girls of Color
• Sue Santa, Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy, Girl Scouts of the USA
• Joanne Smith, President and CEO, Girls for Gender Equity


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