Webinar on Mental Health in Emergencies: Greater Investment, Greater Access

Webinar on Mental Health in Emergencies: Greater Investment, Greater Access

The Year 2020 has posed significant challenges to countries and people worldwide as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. People’s lives and the way we interact and conduct our daily business have changed drastically. The economic uncertainties and social consequences of the pandemic can lead to increased anxiety, depression and mental health problems. Furthermore, People with pre-existing mental health conditions and other forms of physical disabilities suffer even more as the pandemic restricts access to care and support.

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) hosted a webinar on ‘Mental Health in Emergencies: Greater Investment, Greater Access’ with the theme Making Mental Health and Psychosocial Care Services Available to Everyone. The webinar aimed to share experiences and good practices on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in response to COVID-19 and to learn from other countries’ coping mechanisms.

The webinar was led by ADPC in partnership with MHPSS.net, Centre for Crisis Psychology of University of Bergen (CCP-UiB) Norway, Faculty of Public Health of Thammasat University (FPH-TU) Thailand, and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHUBSPH) USA with funding support from Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

Download the full webinar objectives and program.

The webinar took place on Thursday, 3 December, 2020 from 2pm to 4pm (Bangkok time).

Please find links of the recorded webinar below:

01 | Please click the provided link to access the recorded video of the webinar : https://youtu.be/LUtEf5G5yfI
02 | The webinar article can be accessed via this link: https://www.adpc.net/igo/contents/Media/media-news.asp?pid=1648#sthash.1DeZltz7.dpbs
03 | Please refer to this link to access the following documents:https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1zUtUFU4V-IYRpOaylk0XVY5U82X88rZm?usp=sharing

A group of distinguished panelists representing national governments, UN agencies, academia, employer’s federations and private sector was moderated by Dr. Yvonette Serrano Duque, Senior Public Health Specialist at ADPC and Mr. Ananda Galappatti, Co-Founder and Co-Director of MHPSS.net.

The panel included:

  • Mr. Hans Guttman, Executive Director of Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC);
  • Mr. Aslam Perwaiz, Deputy Executive Director of Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC);
  • Prof. Jarle Eid, Head of Department, Director, Centre for Crisis Psychology University of Bergen (UiB), Norway;
  • Prof. Dr. Marc Van der Putten, Program Director, Global Health & Development (International Program), Faculty of Public Health of Thammasat University (FPH-TU), Thailand;
  • Ms. Eri Taniguchi, Gender Equality/GBV Programme Specialist, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA);
  • Dr. Ronald Law, Chief of the Preparedness Division, Health Emergency Management Bureau (HEMB), Department of Health (DOH), Government of the Philippines;
  • Mr. Watee Wichiennit, Founder, Ving Thailand;
  • Dr. Dang Hoang-Minh, Director, Center for Information, Service and Research in Psychology (CISRP), Viet Nam National University (VNU);
  • Ms. Manique Gunaratne, Manager, Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre, The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC);
  • Ms. Unni Marie Heltne, Clinical Psychologist and Special Advisor, Centre for Crisis Psychology, University of Bergen (CCP-UiB) Norway;
  • Mr. Matthew Schojan, Research Associate, Department of Mental Health (DMH), Applied Mental Health Research Group (AMHR), Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHUBSPH);

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