Mental Health: A Global Challenge We Can’t Ignore


Margaret Anderson, Executive Director, FasterCures, a Center of the Milken Institute

Olga Acosta Price, Associate Professor of Prevention and Community Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University

Pamela Collins, Director, Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health

Paolo del Vecchio, Director, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Charles Ingoglia, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Practice Improvement, National Council for Behavioral Health

For too long, mental illness — a leading cause of lost economic output — has been pushed aside in lieu of other public health priorities. However, with the cost of mental disorders poised to surpass that of all other noncommunicable diseases, many foundations and policymakers across the globe have begun devoting more resources and attention to the issue. The United Nations and the World Health Organization have agreed to make prevention and treatment a priority. What is new research telling us about the causes and progression of mental illnesses, and what are the implications for patients and caregivers? What best practices and evidence-based models can we highlight, and what is needed to apply these approaches on a larger scale, particularly in places with limited health-care infrastructure?


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