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VIRTUAL EVENT: First Justice, then Pills: Re-imagining Global Mental Health in the Time of COVID

14 July 2020, 1:00 pm–1:45 pm

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This Lunch Hour Lecture will explore global mental health in the time of COVID-19.

This event is free.

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Sanaa Al-Busaidy

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About the lecture:

From the outset of the COVID pandemic, there have have been calls for attention to the mental health impacts of the crisis. Fears of a 'Tsunami' of psychiatric needs have pushed nations and perhaps the world, to prioritise mental health responses. This creates an opportunity for us to build mental health systems in ways that better respond to multiple pathways to distress, particularly those anchored to social inequalities. This talk presents a model for a political economy of global mental health in a time of COVID, that enables the development of mental health enabling communities (Burgess, 2013; Burgess & Matthias, 2017) at scale. 

About the Speaker

Dr Rochelle Burgess

Deputy Director, UCL Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases at UCL

Dr Rochelle Burgess is a Lecturer in Global Health with the Institute for Global Health at UCL. She is a leading community health psychologist who specialises in the social and political economy of mental health. She employs qualitative, participatory and life history methods to use lived experiences to inform the design, development, and evaluation of health interventions