World Mental Health Week Event 

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Online, international Q&A with three of the editors of Global Mental Health: Principles and Practice (October 7-11, 2013)

The discipline of global mental health is emerging as one of the most dynamic fields of global health. During World Mental Health Week 2013 three of the world's most widely acknowledged champions of this field participated in an international, online Q&A session about global mental health with the global health community.

The panellists were the editors of the soon-to-be released Global Mental Health: Principles and Practice text, which has received advance praise from international reviewers, including Professor Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of the Lancet. 


A/Prof Harry Minas (Director, Global and Cultural Mental Health, University of Melbourne)

Harry Minas is a psychiatrist whose work is in three broad areas: mental health system development, particularly in low-resource and post-conflict settings; culture and mental health, with a focus on mental health of immigrant and refugee communities and the development of services for culturally diverse societies; and the human rights of people with mental illness.

Prof Vikram Patel (Centre for Global Mental Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Vikram Patel is a psychiatrist who has devoted his professional career to research, building capacity and influencing policy towards the goal of improving access to evidence based care for people with mental disorders. He is based in India from where he works with academic institutions, NGOs and Ministries of Health in India and other developing countries.

Prof Alex Cohen (Centre for Global Mental Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Alex Cohen is an anthropologist with a long-standing interest in the mental health of populations, the organisation of mental health services in low-income countries, and cross-national research in schizophrenia. During the past 12 years he has been involved in the establishment, development, and the curriculum development of global mental health programs at the University of Melbourne, Harvard Medical School, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

For more information about Global Mental Health:Principles and Practice, please click this link to the Oxford University Press website

How did participants join the discussion?

  1. Stepped in. Participants visited this site with the embedded CrowdHall discussion at any point between October 7-11, 2013 
  2. Spoke up and asked the experts questions or shared an idea. This could be done anonymously if preferred.
  3. Voted on what they thought were the most important questions, in order to give those questions a better chance of being answered by the expert panel.
  4. Checked back or were notified when the experts responded to top issues throughout the week.

For topic ideas, it was recommended that participants view the description and Chapter Titles of Global Mental Health: Principles and Practice at this link.

Below you can view the discussion that took place. If you don't see it loading quickly enough, you can also find it at this link:

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