European Regional Workshop: Mental Health Advocacy and Action
The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic crisis have aggravated pre-existing drivers of poor mental health across the globe. In addition to severe disruptions to psychosocial support for individuals with pre-existing conditions, increased levels of stress, anxiety, and depression due to lockdowns, job insecurity and conflict are among a myriad of factors that have disrupted the mental well-being of citizens. Young people and lower-income groups are particularly at risk of these negative health impacts.
In this context, The George Institute for Global Health will be co-hosting a European Regional Workshop with NCD Child taking ‘Mental Health Advocacy and Action’ as its focus. Please join us if you are an advocate, researcher, or professional working in, or interested in increasing understanding of, and reducing mental health stigma.
The workshop objectives are to:
- Present a diverse range of case studies from experts who are working to reduce premature mortality from mental illnesses and suicide across Europe and globally.
- Unpack the stories and lived experiences of people living with noncommunicable diseases (PLWNCDs) in Europe. Specifically, to better understand NCD stigma, discrimination, and coping strategies.
- Provide a platform for networking between policy advisors, researchers, advocates, students, and professionals with a mutual interest in protecting mental health.
- Share feedback on the mental health modules of SickKids’ advocacy course.
Making the Case for Mental Health
Join this session to learn about, and discuss, different case studies on mental health in Europe. Participants will get the chance to interact with experts in breakout sessions.
Date: Tuesday 21st June 2022
Time: 13:00-14:00 BST
Meet up for Mental Health
Join this speed networking session to connect with others in the European region with an interest in mental health!
Date: Thursday, 23rd June 2022
Time: 13:00-14:00 BST
Confirmed speakers for these will be announced soon. To inquire about the invitation-only discussion focusing on NCD stigma, discrimination and coping strategies and experiences of people living with non-communicable diseases (PLWNCDs), or the SickKids’ advocacy course please contact Claudia Selin Batz (The George Institute for Global Health) or Amanda Giancola (NCD Child).
Download the promotional flyer for the series here.
Learn more about our co-host:
NCD Child is a global multi-stakeholder coalition championing the rights and needs of children, adolescents, and young people who are living with or at risk of developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs). It advocates for the inclusion of youth in the global NCD agenda, prioritisation for the prevention and control of NCDs, including the involvement of youth and family voices in global and national NCD planning. Read more here.