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Speaker advocates for mental health care for low-resource countries

Published: January 8, 2016
Vikram Patel
Vikram Patel, Co-Founder and former Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

A mental health advocate, known for bringing better mental health care to low-resource communities by teaching ordinary people to delivery basic psychiatric services, will deliver the fourth annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award and Lecture.

Vikram Patel, who was named one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for 2015, will receive the Chanchlani Global Health Research Award on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in lecture hall 1105 of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery. He will then deliver a lecture titled, "The Black Dog: Why We Don't Care".

Patel is co-founder and former director of the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is also co-director of the Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions for the Public Health Foundation of India, as well as the co-founder and a member of the Managing Committee of the NGO Sangath.

"Dr. Patel's work in the area of mental health has been extremely important to the field of global health, because it addresses unmet needs of those in developing countries," said Andrea Baumann, associate vice-president of global health and director of McMaster's MSc Global Health program. "Mental health for all is a crucial message, and Dr. Patel is one of its biggest advocates."

The award and lectureship was created by the Chanchlani family and McMaster University to honour a leading scholar who has made significant contributions to global health.

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