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Global Mental Health: A personal perspective

Denmark Hill Campus, London

22 Jan Denmark Hill Kings College Hospital

‘Global Mental Health: A personal perspective’ by Dr Alex Cohen, University of Harvard.

Chaired by: Professor Ricardo Araya

 

Dr Alex Cohen is an anthropologist who has been engaged in global mental health for more than 20 years. He has written monographs for WHO, edited case books of mental health programmes, was a key participant in the establishment of the International Mental Health Leadership Program at The University of Melbourne, co-authored three of the papers in the first Lancet Series in Global Mental Health, and lead the effort to establish the MSc in Global Mental Health, which he co-directed from 2012 to 2017. At present, he is an Honorary Associate Professor at LSHTM, a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard – TH Chan School of Public Health, and a consultant to the INTREPID project, a three-country study of psychosis.

In this lecture, Alex will take you through a personal exploration of the field of global mental health, stopping at various signposts to consider the maps we have been using. Along the way, Alex will touch upon such issues as mental health services in primary care, setting priorities for research and service development, approaches to prevention, and psychiatric institutions in the 21st Century. The goal of this lecture is to raise questions and should not be taken as a statement ‘against global mental health.’ Rather, Alex’s comments are meant to stimulate debate about the objectives of the field and to consider the role of the LSHTM / IoPPN MSc in shaping the future of global mental health.

This is an open event, booking is not required.


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