Recognizing Mental Health in the SDGs

A time to act - Season Two Episode 06

Credits Photo: FAO/IFAD/WFP/Michael Tewelde
Published on June 7, 2021

Supporting Mental Health Awareness month, Luz Kyncl LCSW, CHC, Licensed Psychotherapist, Certified Health Coach, Public Speaker and Author explores creative solutions in channeling the importance of accessing healthy diets and mental health. Drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition - conflict, climate variability, economic downturns, and COVID-19 have a great impact on leading healthy lives.

Mental health intersects and influences the SDGs - poverty eradication, nutrition, health, education, women’s empowerment and more. Poverty directly affects mental health, through malnutrition which can impair brain development and function - deficiencies can inhibit intellectual and physical potential and cause lifelong disability. 

Efforts to eradicate poverty, prevent conflicts and disasters, and promote education will not be successful unless mental health is prioritized. Poor mental health and unfulfilled human potential pose major risks to the changes that are needed if we are to reach the SDGs.

This conversation will foster a unique opportunity to showcase the action that is being done by the UN, Governments and private sector, to speak about how important these partnerships are in these urgent times for the lives of the most vulnerable and for the planet.


Luz Esther Kyncl LCSW, CHC, Licensed Psychotherapist, Certified Health Coach, Public Speaker and Author



Luz Esther Kyncl LCSW, CHC

Luz Esther Kyncl LCSW, CHC

Luz Esther Kyncl LCSW, CHC is a licensed psychotherapist, certified health coach, public speaker and author with over two decades of experience in mental and physical health and well-being. Luz’s private practice, Luz Kyncl Psychotherapy, located in Los Angeles, CA, uses a holistic approach to helping people improve their lives by treating depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, and emotional eating.

She is a certified parenting educator and anger management counselor, and domestic violence and child abuse advocate. With certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, she integrates both mindfulness-based CBT and EMDR in her practice. In addition to seeing private clients, she offers support groups, consultations, training and workshops in her areas of expertise.  

Luz earned her Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles, her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and her Health Coaching Certificate from the State University of New York at Purchase College and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is also a Diplomate and Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT) by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Along with her husband, she is the founder of the Kyncl Family Foundation. 



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