MENTAL HEALTH FOR ALL WEBINAR SERIES
In April 2020, The Lancet Psychiatry, Mental Health Innovation Network, MHPSS.net and United for Global Mental Health launched a webinar series designed to provide policy makers and the wider health community with the latest evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and how to address it.
Since then, we have seen increased interest in global mental health more generally and so have expanded the topics covered by the webinars beyond just COVID-19.
Webinars are now held monthly at 09:00 EST; 14:00 GMT; 15:00 CET; 15:00 SAST; 18:30 IST. Each session is 50 minutes. You can register for our next webinar here.
“An excellent initiative at this time of great need for focusing on mental health.” - Dr Shekhar Saxena, Department of Global Health and Population at Havard
“These webinars with global perspectives sharing innovative practice and data come highly recommended.” - Sue Baker OBE, Time To Change Global
“Thanks so much for bringing us together to discuss issues relating to mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.” - Alison Brunier, WHO
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The webinar had the following panel of experts: Marcio Gagliato, MHPSS Specialist, Libya (chair), Fahmy Hanna, Technical Officer, WHO from the Ukraine frontline, Orest Suvalo, coordinator of community based mental health services development, Mental Health for Ukraine project, Ukraine, Karla Alvear-Veintimilla, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Specialist, International Medical Corps, Venezuela and Ann Willhoite, MHPSS Specialist, UNICEF, South Africa).
Speakers included Wendy Ager, (Intervention Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict-Affected Areas) (chair), Dr Lennart Reifels, (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health), Dr Jura Augustinavicius, (McGill University and MHPSS Collaborative), Dr Brandon Gray, (World Health Organization) and
Jessica Novia, (YAKKUM).
Speakers included Yves Zuniga as chair (MentalhealthPH), Daniel Chisholm (WHO), Paul Bolton (USAID) and Benjamin Ballah (Cultivation for Users Hope).
Speakers included Dr. Mark van Ommeren (WHO), Prof. Dr. Marit Sijbrandij (Vrije University, WHO Collaborating Centre), Prof. Brigitte Khoury (American University of Beirut Medical Centre) and Judy Kariuki (BasicNeeds Kenya).
Speakers included Dr. Shruti Chakravarty (Mariwala Health Initiative, India), Yvonne Wamari (OutRight Action International, Kenya), Robbie de Santos (Stonewall, UK), Dr. Amir Ahuja (Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, US) and Barbra Wangare (East African Trans Health Advocacy Network, Kenya).
Speakers included Aviwe Funani (Waves for Change), Saisha M (Mariwala Health Initiative), Ahmad Nisar (Mental Health Advocate), Michelle Cruickshank (Grand Challenges Canada), and Gary Shaughnessy (Zurich Foundation).
Speakers included Yves Zuniga (MentalhealthPh), Sarah Kline (United for Global Mental Health), Alison Brunier (WHO), Ann Willhoite (UNICEF), Arshinta (Yakkum)
Speakers included Rob Yates (Executive Director, Center for Universal Health, Chatham House) , Dr. Asma Humayun (Technical Advisor, Ministry of PDSI Pakistan), Peter Yaro (Executive Director, Basic Needs Ghana) and Pradeep Gunarathne (National Organizer, CANMHLanka).
Speakers included Sarah Johnson (The Guardian), Wendy Orchard (IASP),Natalie Drew (WHO), Prof. Joseph Osafo, (University of Ghana/IASP Special Working Group), Senator Shahadat Awan (Senate of Pakistan) and Dr. Soumitra Pathare (Center for MH Law & Policy, India).
Speakers included Pam Das (The Lancet), Tarun Dua (World Health Organisation), Cecilia Vaca Jones (Bernard van Leer Foundation), Liliana Carvajal (UNICEF), and Suraj Koirala (Transcultural Psychosocial Organization).
Speakers included Craig Morgan (Centre for Society and Mental Health at King’s College London), Rangaswamy Thara (Schizophrenia Research Foundation), Soumitra Pathare (Centre for Mental Health Law & Policy), Ying Ying Lee (Institute of Mental Health, Singapore), and Mark van Ommeren (WHO).
Speakers included Raj Mariwala (Mariwala Health Initiative), Mark Van Ommeren (WHO), Niall Boyce (Lancet Psychiatry), Nasri Omar (Focal Point Mental Health System and Services, Mental Health Division, Ministry of Health, Government of Kenya), Taiwo Lateef Sheikh (Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria).
Speakers included Raj Mariwala (Mariwala Health Initiative), Dan Chisholm (World Health Organization), Ben Dossen, (The Carter Center), Douglas Otieno (TINADA Youth Organization), Valentina Iemmi (London School of Economics).
Speakers included Zeinab Hijazi (UNICEF), Chiara Servili (WHO), Matt Hughsam (citiesRISE), Yves Miel Zuniga (MentalHealthPH), Aviwe Fuanani (Waves For Change), and Joanna Lai (UNICEF).
Speakers included Andrea Torres (Bernard Van Leer Foundation), Bruno Rivalan (Global Financing Facility), Giselle Dass (Child, Adolescent and Family services), and Ben Perks (UNICEF).
Speakers included Gulli Schinina (IOM), Monica Blotevogel (Coreszon), Juliet Cohen (Freedom from Torture), David Karorero (Youth Activist and Founder of Burundian Youth for a Brighter Future).
Speakers included Senop Tschakarjan (Deputy Head of the MHPSS unit, ICRC), Mathew Mutiso (Nanga Support Network), Howard Ryland (Health Professionals for Global Health), and Robert Van Voren (Chief Executive of Human Rights in Mental Health-FGIP).
Speakers included Michelle Funk (WHO Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse), Yvonne Owino-Wamari, (OutRight Action International), Simon Vasseur-Bacle (WHO Collaborating Center for research and training in mental health), and Tanja Kleinsorge (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development)
Speakers included Julie Hannah (University of Essex), Ana Lucia Arellano (International Disability Alliance) and Michael Njenga (Africa Disability Forum, Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in Kenya).
Speakers included Florence Baingana, World Health Organisation, Carmen Moreno, University of Madrid, and Nev Jones, University of South Florida.
Speakers included Ed Bullmore, University of Cambridge, Maxime Taquet, University of Oxford, Nisreen Alwan, University of Southampton, and John McConnell, The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
Speakers included Danielle Kemmer, International Association of Mental Health Research Funding, Vikram Patel, Harvard School of Public Healt, Miranda Wolpert, The Wellcome Trust, Kwame McKenzie, Wellesley Institute.
Speakers included Steve Appleton, IIMHL, Kathy Langlois, IIMHL, Sean Russell, Thrive West Midlands, Nina Acco Weston, Wellesley Institute.
Speakers included Neerja Chowdhary, WHO, Vongai Munatsi, Frontline AIDS, Ethel Nakimuli-Mpungu, Researcher MQ, Aneeta Pasha, IRD Pakistan.
Speakers included Ann Willhoite, UNICEF, Paul St John Frisoli, Lego Foundation, Geoffrey Omega, Basic Needs Basic Rights Kenya, Johnson Tekay Hinneh, Liberian Ministry of Education, Sarah Kline, United for Global Mental Health.
Speakers included Yves Zuñiga, #MentalHealthPH, Wannie Ngaujah, Radio Democracy, Kari Cobham, The Carter Center, Alex Bushill, Mind.
Speakers included Ingrid Daniels, World Federation for Mental Health, Alison Brunier, WHO, Taha Sabri, Speak Your Mind, Eleni Misganaw, Mental Health Service Users' Association Ethiopia.
Speakers included Sue Baker and Louise Brookes, Time to Change, Esenam Drah, Mental Health Society of Ghana, Charlene Sunkel, Global Mental Health Peer Network, Petra Gronholm, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London.
Speakers included Professor Alexander Baldacchino, St Andrews University Medical School and International Society of Addiction Medicine, Vladimir Poznyak, World Health Organisation, Olga Belyaeva, Eurasian Network of People who Use Drugs, Nirvana Morgan, Network of Early Career Professionals working in the area of Addiction Medicine.
Speakers included Manal Azzi, International Labour Organisation, Aiysha Malik, World Health Organisation, Emma Jacobs, Financial Times, Poppy Jaman, City Mental Health Alliance, Charlotte Kirby, Salesforce.
Speakers included Murad Khan, International Association for Suicide Prevention, Chris Caulkins, Minesota Center of Suicidology, Michael Eddlestone, University of Edinburgh, Cassey Chambers, South African Depression and Anxiety Group.
Speakers included Raj Mariwala, Mariwala Health Initiative, Bonnie Sepora, Open Hands Botswana, Michael King, Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry, UCL and Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.
Speakers included Shekhar Saxena, Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Githinji Gitahi, AMREF Health Africa, Devora Kestel, WHO, Akwasi Osei, Mental Health Authority of Ghana and Peter Yaro, BasicNeeds Ghana.
Speakers included Jasmine Kalha, Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy, India, Aakanksha Kapoor, Minds At Play, Neevam Foundation, India, Santie Terreblanche, Deputy Executive Officer, Cape Mental Health, Andrea Alvarado, Clinical Psychologist, Ecuador and Spain.
Speakers included Dr Daniel Vigo, University of British Columbia, and Harvard Medical School, Adv. Liron David, Enosh, The Israeli Mental Health Association, Pooja Pillai, Project Burans, India, Cathy Conteh, Partners in Health, Sierra Leone and Dr Fizza Yasmeen, BasicNeeds Pakistan.
Speakers included Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft (Kings College London), Enoch Li (Bearapy), Emma Codd (Deloitte) Sapna Mahajan (Centre of Expertise on Workplace Mental Health).
Speakers included Peter Ventevogel (UNHCR), Theresa Ombalo (WHO), Lynne Jones, OBE (Independent MH Expert & Activist), Rama Shyam (SNEHA), Guglielmo Schinina (IOM).
Speakers included Alal Single Dora, Country Director of Thrive Gulu, Francisco J. Muñoz Martinez, Chile Family Therapy, Paul Fearon, St. Patricks Mental Health Service, Dr Wisam Aldhannoon Psychiatrist, IMC - Iraq and Peter Ventevogel, UNHCR.
Speakers included Dainius Puras, Special Rapporteur on Right to Health, Akiko Hart, NSUN, Shantha Rau Barriga, Human Rights Watch and Innocentia Mgijima, University of Pretoria.
Speakers included Chiara Servilli, WHO, Zeinab Hijazi, UNICEF, Matias Irarrazabal, Chilean Ministry of Health and youth mental health campaigners Aimee Wade from Belize and Josiah Tualamali'i from New Zealand.
Speakers included Fahmy Hanna, WHO; Ken Miller, War Child Holland; Deborah Magdenlena, IOM; Phiona Koyiet, World Vision; Peter Ventevogel, UNHCR.
Speakers included Katrin Seeher, WHO; Sudipto Chatterjee, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore and Parivartan Trust, India; Martin Prince, King’s College London; Víctor Lizama, Coordinator of the Team of Justice Facilitators of the Disability and Justice Program of the Mexican NGO Documenta.
Speakers included Ken Carswell, WHO; Ifedayo Ward, Mentally Aware Nigeria; Piers Gooding, University of Melbourne. Chaired by Shekhar Saxena, Harvard.
Speakers included Alison Brunier, WHO; Pattie Gonsalves, Sangath, India; Taha Sabri Taskeen, Pakistan.
Speakers included Sarah Kline, United for Global Mental Health; Danielle Kemmer, IAMHRF; Rajvi Mariwala, Mariwala Health Initiative; Nasri Omar, Focal Point Mental Health System and Services, Mental Health Division, Ministry of Health, Government of Kenya.
Speakers included Mark van Ommeran. WHO, Switzerland; Dr. Lola Kola, WHO Collaborating Center, Ibadan, Nigeria; Edward Bullmore, Cambridge University, UK; Emily Holmes, Uppsala University and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden; Charlene Sunkel, Global Mental Health Peer Network, South Africa.
Speakers included Aiysha Malik of WHO, Beatriz Rodriguez Vega: University Hospital of La Paz, Madrid, Spain, Mohammad Elshazly: UNHCR Egypt, Cox’s Bazaar (Bangladesh), Eliza Cheung: Hong Kong Red Cross, China. Co-organised by Ananda Gallappatti, MHPSS.net, Sri Lanka and chaired by Shekhar Saxena, Harvard.
Speakers included Dévora Kestel, Director of Mental Health and Substance Use at WHO, and researchers already reporting on the impact of social isolation; the impact of COVID-19 on serious mental health conditions; and the challenges of dramatic societal change and what to do next.