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About Shekhar Saxena (Mental Health, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health):
Shekhar Saxena is a Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health at the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. A psychiatrist by training, he was in the faculty of AIIMS, New Delhi before he joined World Health Organization (WHO) in 1998. From 2010 to 2018 he was the Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO. During his leadership WHO’s Mental Health Action Plan was adopted by the World Health Assembly and mental health and wellbeing was included in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He also led the WHO team to strengthen mental health services in more than 100 countries. Author of more than 300 academic papers, he was an editor of the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development 2018. His expertise includes providing evidence-based advice and technical assistance to policy makers and civil society on mental health promotion and prevention and management of mental, developmental, neurological and substance use disorders and suicide prevention. He is a co-founder of Librum, a mental health consultancy.
TEDxGateway Webinar: Vikram Patel (Mental Health Advocate, Harvard Medical School) & Shekhar Saxena (Mental Health, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health) in conversation with Faye D’Souza
Webinar Series: The World Has Changed
Webinar Topic: Reframing the Future of Mental Health
About The Webinar:
The importance of mental health in our rapidly changing world is widely acknowledged. But the question remains on what society needs to do to respond to this need. The existing mental health care system is inadequate and unprepared, not only because of the lack of resources but also because it is largely reliant on doctors, drugs and diagnoses. With The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated social and economic catastrophe have made entire populations more vulnerable to develop mental health problems.
This webinar will view this pandemic as a historic opportunity to reimagine mental health care – building on the transformative new knowledge on how we can prevent and treat mental health problems even in the least resourced settings. This session will also provide insights on why and what we need to invest in a transformative new vision of mental health.
Watch this webinar, as Vikram and Shekhar share the compelling evidence on the science-driven opportunities and strategies to transform our approach to prevention and care which relies on empowering communities to tackle the causes of mental health problems. It will offer a radical vision for building a mental health care system that serves the needs of all.