2019 CUGH Conference    I    March 8 - 10, 2019   I   Satellite Sessions  March 7, 2019   |   Hilton  Chicago Hotel    I   Chicago, IL​​

Satellite Session | HALF DAY Workshop

Global Mental Health: Time for the Children


Thursday March 7, 2019
8:00am - 12:00pm
Room: PDR 2 / 3rd Level

Hilton Chicago Hotel
Chicago, IL

  • Registration is free but required.
  • Registration for the satellite session is separate from registration for the CUGH conference.

  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • NIMH

  • Josh Gordon, Director, National Institute of Mental Health

  • Theresa Betancourt, Boston College
  • Mary M. Mckay, Washington University in St. Louis
  • James Leckman, Yale University
  • Sylvia Kaayaa, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences
  • Mark Van Ommeren, World Health Organization

  • Stevan Weine, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Andrea Horvath Marques, National Institute of Mental Health

Mental health is essential for overall health and wellbeing.  Half of all mental illness first appears in childhood, before age 14, and three-quarters onset before age 24.  Mental illnesses are the leading cause of years lost to disability among youth, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for older adolescents.  The earlier mental health care begins, the more effective it can be.  Prevention and early treatment in childhood and adolescence can help to avert more severe, lasting problems across the lifespan.  Yet, mental illness is often not recognized or addressed until many years after it first appears – frequently well into adulthood.  The consequences of this delay include high rates of recurrence, persistence, and suffering throughout adulthood; academic and employment problems; and economic disadvantage.  Only 5% of teens in low- and middle-income countries get mental health help.  The reasons are multifaceted, including inadequate detection and diagnosis, lack of available and affordable care, high levels of stigma and discrimination, to name a few.  Research can help inform policy and program development in LMICs seeking to address this pressing public health and development concern.
The purpose of this session is to focus on advancing child mental health research in global mental health.  We will hear from leading researchers in the areas of implementation science, neuroscience, and clinical science.
The presenters will address key topics and engage participants in a lively discussion to arrive at consensus opinion and recommendations in the following areas:
1.        What evidence-based preventive and treatment interventions currently exist that can be promoted for implementation and scale up in LMICs?
2.        What policy interventions can most effectively and efficiently improve child and adolescent mental health?
3.        What knowledge gaps, if filled through research, would substantially advance the field?
4.        What do aspiring researchers need to learn in order to be prepared to lead the field?
This satellite will share knowledge, facilitate networking, and produce a summary report.