Mental Health Providers Need to Reach Young Men Before More Lives Are Lost


Children in Prison WHY THEY ARE THERE?

Mental Health Providers Need to Reach Young Men Before More Lives Are Lost

mental health treatment: Faded retro portrait of a worried young African boy staring off to the side with a sad expression and frown in a close-up side view

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When thinking about the June 20 murder of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz and its impact on his family and the Bronx community, it is important to acknowledge the tragic loss of life and that there are untold consequences associated with this tragedy. A life was cut short.

And while we hold this young man’s name and memory in our minds, we must acknowledge the root of this violence. We must explore the disparities in access to mental health treatment in communities of color.

mental health treatment: Kenton Kirby (headshot), director of clinical and trauma support services at Neighbors In Action, soulful-looking man with light beard, mustache, wearing black V-neck top.

Kenton Kirby

Like other New Yorkers, I was horrified by the violent murder of 15-year old Guzman-Feliz at the hands of other young people in his community. The death of anyone is a tragedy, but it hits close to home for many of us when it’s a child…

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