Mainstreaming Global Mental Health in LMIC through schools
In a webinar taking place on May 20, 2021 from 5 PM to 6 PM (UTC+2) Prof. Anna Madill will talk about the opportunities and challenges of embedding mental health impact across education in Low and Middle Income Countries.
Organizer: Learning and Leadership Department Research Seminars
This DLL Research Seminar is lead by Prof. Anna Madill (School of Psychology, University of Leeds) presenting the findings from a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) funded project on mainstreaming global mental health. Outcomes will be considered from interviews with development researchers and professionals on the opportunities and challenges of embedding mental health impact across multiple contexts and sectors in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC). Particular attention will be given to education. Worldwide, one billion people have a mental health disorder, placing these among the leading causes of ill-health and disability. Moreover, poor mental health disproportionately affects people in LMIC where there exists also a huge mental health workforce gap. Arguably, mental health is a right and tackling poor mental health is also a means of facilitating sustainable socio-economic development. Global Mental Health aligns with Sustainable Development Goal 3: 'Good Health and Well-Being,' specifically 3.4: 'By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.' Global mental health strategies prioritise children and adolescents given the high prevalence of substance use disorder( SUDs) in this population, subsequent trajectory towards lifelong disadvantage, and suicide risk. The education system in LMIC may provide an excellent context in which to lay the foundations for good mental health and, importantly, to reach beyond young people to include also their families and communities.
To join us, please register here. You will receive a MC Teams link nearer the event.