Inclusion of mental Health and well-being in the UN Sustainable Development Goals has created new and much needed opportunities for policy advancements. This talk will present relevant sections of the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development (2018) to illustrate policy implications. The contents will include mental health as a dimension, policy on prevention and promotion, innovative methods of delivering mental health care and use of technology. The focus will be on under-served populations.
Dr. Saxena is Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is a psychiatrist by training and has worked previously at World Health Organization for 20 years including as the Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Geneva from 2010 to 2018. His expertise includes providing advice and technical assistance to policy makers on prevention and management of mental, developmental, neurological and substance use disorders and suicide prevention. He was one of the editors of the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development 2018.