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A conversation with Tahilia Rebello about why global mental health matters
  • Friday, September 27, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Slought Foundation
4017 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3513
(215) 701-4627

Slought and the Health Ecologies Lab at the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to announce The Time To Act Is Now, a conversation with Dr. Tahilia Rebello about why global mental health matters, on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 12-1:30pm at Slought. The event will begin with a short presentation by Dr. Rebello, followed by a moderated conversation with Dr. Keith Bredemeier, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and Jean-Michel Rabaté, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, both at the University of Pennsylvania. This event is free to the public and lunch will be provided.

Around the globe, mental disorders contribute substantially to the burden of disease impacting both mortality and morbidity of millions across the planet. Mental Disorders are the number one cause of disability worldwide impacting both individuals (resulting in diminished quality of life, functional impairment, exacerbation of co-morbid medical conditions, negative social consequences) and communities (overburdening health systems locally and globally, significant economic and social costs, human rights impact). These disorders know no political, geographical and cultural bounds, and the burden of mental disorders on low- and middle-income countries is especially great given the enormous gaps in services for mental health, research, data collection infrastructure, public understanding, and acceptance of these conditions. It is estimated that approximately 80% of people with mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries receive no treatment for their disorders, and even in high-income countries 35% to 50% of such individuals never receive care.

Historically, the global health agenda has prioritized communicable and non-communicable diseases other than mental health; however, the data now unequivocally and overwhelmingly point to the essential need to make mental health an integral component of the global health agenda. This conversation will explore the key principles and priorities in the field, discuss innovative models for addressing the gaps in mental health care worldwide, and examine strategic initiatives aimed at promoting mental health and reducing the burden of mental illness around the globe.