Why mental health matters to global health

Global Health Alerts: Why mental health matters to global health
Friday 9 March 2012
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 0AE
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The Global Health Alerts is a series of free evening events organised by and held at the RSM. This
series of talks aims to allow RSM members and non-members to engage in Global Health and learn
about its past, current and future challenges. Well respected speakers or organisations are invited to
address controversial issues and current challenges in their areas of activity.
Professor Patel will address arguably the most neglected and stigmatized of all the causes of human
suffering around the globe. The lecture will demonstrate not only why addressing health conditions
affecting the brain are central to global health and development, but also that at long last, things are
beginning to change for the better and there are clear directions where we need to be going.
Vikram Patel is professor of international mental health and Wellcome Trust senior research fellow
in clinical science at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where he is joint director of
the School's Centre for Global Mental Health. In addition, professor Patel is an adjunct professor
with the Public Health Foundation of India and founder of Sangath, a community-based
nongovernmental organization in India, through which he leads research and capacity-building
programs in child development, adolescent health, and mental health. Professor Patel serves on two
World Health Organization expert advisory committees and on the scientific advisory groups of
research institutions in the United States, Australia and India.
Following the presentation and a chaired discussion, delegates will be invited to a networking
6.30 pm: Registration
7.00 pm: Why mental health matters to global health
Professor Vikram Patel, Professor of International Mental Health & Wellcome Trust Senior Research
Fellow in Clinical Science
7.45 pm: Chaired discussion
8.15 pm: Networking reception with cash bar