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WORKSHOP

On April 2 and 3, 2012, the Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health, in the Office of the Director of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, hosted a workshop, Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health: Integration and Implementation in Research, Policy, and Practice. The workshop served as a supporting activity of the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health Initiative, focusing on one of the Grand Challenges the Delphi Panel identified as a global priority: to redesign health systems to integrate mental, neurological and substance use disorders with other chronic diseases.

To this end, and building on the evidence base that demonstrates how addressing mental illness can improve outcomes in several priority areas of global health--maternal-child health, HIV-related disease, and non-communicable diseases--the workshop convened researchers with primary expertise in one of these three areas, mental health intervention researchers, and global health program implementers to identify the best ways of (1) integrating mental health interventions into these global health platforms and (2) producing research outcomes that will inform policy makers, advocates, researchers and service providers. The aim of the workshop, ultimately, is to leverage this knowledge to reduce the burden of disease and disability associated with mental disorders while simultaneously helping to achieve the desired outcomes for these other programs.

For further details, please consult the workshop agenda. To download the full set of meeting materials, please click here. Please note that the web cast was not recorded and will therefore not be available for post hoc archival listening/viewing.