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About Vikram Patel (Mental Health Advocate, Harvard Medical School):
Vikram Patel is The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the Harvard Medical School. He co-leads the GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard initiative. His work has focused on the burden of mental disorders, their association with social disadvantage, and the use of community resources for their prevention and treatment. He is a co-founder of the Movement for Global Mental Health, the Centre for Global Mental Health,the Mental Health Innovations Network, and Sangath, an Indian NGO which won the WHO Public Health Champion of India prize. He is a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Medical Sciences and has served on the Committee which drafted India’s first National Mental Health Policy and the WHO High Level Independent Commission for NCDs. He has been awarded the Chalmers Medal, the Sarnat Prize, the Pardes Humanitarian Prize, an Honorary OBE and the John Dirk Canada Gairdner Award in Global Health. He was listed in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential persons of the year in 2015.
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.