If you are not already aware, September is Suicide Awareness Month, which is extremely important during this current climate of uncertainty, stress and anxiety that many are feeling.
HealthyNYC sponsored a Livestream Virtual Suicide Awareness Panel Discussion, on this week’s segment of VOICES of East New York with host Nikki Lucas.
The panel included Gina Mckinney LCSW, Judy Foster-Clarke LMSW and Enrique Rodriguez LCSW-R. (See their bios below)
Gina Mckinney, LCSW
Gina McKinney is a practicing NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 30 years, who has spent much of her career in Central Brooklyn hospital Administration and Management, with a focus on grant funding procurement, and the establishment/management of an array of hospital-based social service programs, all aimed in supporting patients in their achievement of optimal medical and behavioral health outcomes.
Gina’s personal and professional commitments to Social Reform and Health Equity- especially in communities of color, has become her life’s vocation.
Currently Gina is the Assistant Vice President of Planning and Grants at Interfaith Medical Center, in addition to the provision of individual and group psychotherapy though her private practice Quad Behavioral Health- A four-point therapeutic and strategic approach; rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy. It involves the assessment and treatment of the whole-self; mind, body, spirit as it related to one’s environment.
Judy Foster-Clarke, LMSW
Mrs Judy Clarke holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Hampton University. Judy has over 12 years experience working with individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness and substance abuse. Judy also has years of experience in hospice care in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Currently Judy works as a Behavioral Health Specialist and Case Manager at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and her secondary role is as a Domestic Violence Coordinator where she links people to Needed resources in the community.
Enrique Rodriguez, LCSW-R
Enrique was born and raised in New York City of parents of African and Puerto Rican descent.
As a psychotherapist with 36 years of experience, Enrique has provided individual, couples and marital counseling. He has serviced all age groups ranging from adolescent, adult, geriatric and the LGBTQ community with issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, sexual issues, sexual identity, grief and other mental health issues. He has also serviced Vietnam & Gulf War veterans, victims of domestic violence, rape and batterers.
Enrique is a former Field instructor to the following Graduate programs; New York University Silver School of social work, Columbia University School of social work and Hunter College, Silberman School of social work.
Enrique is a former Adjunct Professor at the College of New Rochelle where he lectured in Psychology, Social Work and Counseling.
Join the Livestream Discussion SUNDAY Sept 20, 2020 @9am – Here’s the link