Jamali lives in Brooklyn, NY, and in addition to her roles as mom, daughter, and sister, she’s a mental health advocate who works two jobs. Jamali is a clinical social worker for the NYC Department of Education and provides therapy to fellow New Yorkers facing various trauma levels.
Justin, her boyfriend, nominated her, saying, “2020 has brought new levels of anxiety and fear for so many in our country, and while we recognize medical professionals such as doctors and nurses, therapists like Jamali go unnoticed as frontline workers. She is providing mental health counseling to people who have experienced various losses from COVID, from loved ones to jobs. I think it is difficult, yet extremely resilient, to help others find strength when so much loss and devastation is happening to so many of us.”
When Jamali is not providing therapy to New Yorkers, she works as a school social worker and restorative justice coordinator. Justin says, “This role and practice is used in schools to disrupt the school to prison pipeline by offering restorative outcomes instead of punitive practices to students. Since Jamali is a clinician, she’s observed that for many students, ‘acting out’ behavior is highly correlated to many factors outside the control of the student. As a result of this observation, she offers counseling in addition to the restorative outcomes to children most impacted by family and societal factors.”
Jamali, your work does not go unnoticed!! We see you, and we appreciate your dedication to lifting others, especially your courage and tenacity to give folks the tools to cope during a worldwide pandemic. Thank you!