Kathleen M. Pike, PhD

Justice and Mental Health

The appointment of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court is a historic moment in this great experiment of democracy that began nearly 250 years ago.

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As the first Black woman to take a seat on the bench of the Supreme Court, Justice Jackson’s appointment embodies aspirational values core to our society of equity, representation, and possibility. As I have highlighted in previous posts, advancing race and gender equity has profound implications from a mental health perspective – for women, for people of color, for us all.

1. Gender Equity is good for mental health.

2. Race Equity is good for mental health.

3. Representation is good for mental health.

4. Taking a Stand is good for mental health.

5. Women in Leadership Roles is good for mental health.

The confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to our nation’s highest court reminds us that the path to equity and representation is not always straight and not always smooth. It also reminds us about what is possible when we focus on justice and inspires us to have hope for a better tomorrow. All good for our mental health.


Kathleen M. Pike, PhD

Kathleen M. Pike, PhD

Kathleen M. Pike, PhD is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Global Mental Health WHO Collaborating Centre at Columbia University.

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