I'm facing housing insecurity, now what?
May is Mental Health Month, and this year Mental Health America is spreading education and awareness through our campaign Look Around, Look Within to amplify how our environments impact mental health.
Having a safe and stable home is one of life’s necessities for health and well-being. For those experiencing housing insecurity, it’s nearly impossible for that not to impact their mental health. During this panel-style discussion, we will talk about how you can support someone struggling with housing insecurity and, if you yourself are, ways to seek help and take care of your mental health.
Join MHA and guests for this free, 60-minute webinar where we will:
- Learn about what support and resources are available for those experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness
- Hear from the experiences of individuals who have struggled with housing insecurity and homelessness
- Discuss common misconceptions associated with housing insecurity and homelessness that can be harmful to mental health
Meet the Speakers
Khalil Martin, MSW, LSW (he/him), joined Pathways to Housing PA in 2021 and currently works as a training specialist. Before this, Khalil worked as a behavioral health therapist at runaway & homeless youth shelters throughout the tri-state area. Khalil also worked for Project HOME and assisted in the creation of the Gloria Casarez Residence which is the first permanent supportive housing for LGBTQ+ young adults in Pennsylvania. Drawing from principles of feminist theory, Khalil uses a strength-based and person-centered approach to assist individuals in understanding and navigating various forms of oppression and how these systems impact one's personal and interpersonal experiences.
Rei Scott is a current social work student at The Ohio State University and graduated from Columbus State Community College with an associate of applied science in social and human services. He serves as an executive board member of Students with Psychosis and is a member of Mental Health America's 2022-2023 Young Mental Health Leaders Council, among other positions. He advocates for disability rights and collective care, with a focus on peer support. Scott has lived experience with housing insecurity and homelessness and is very passionate about the intersection of this experience with marginalized identities and mental health.
Mary C. Jones, LCMFT, LCAC, is the president/CEO of the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas and adjunct faculty at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. She has developed community-based service programs for people with mental illness for the last 25 years. Her professional highlights include housing development for people with severe mental illness and seniors, and opening/expanding outpatient treatment programs including therapy, medication services, and treatment for substance use disorders. Jones is president of the Kansas Mental Health Coalition and chair of the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board.