Dr Tom Insel – Mental Health in Davos

In addition to the post by Dr Hendey, we wanted to draw your attention to this post by Dr Tom Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health.  Dr Insel’s post follows his attendance at the Word Economic Forum in Davos, where global mental health was a hot topic.   As a taster, here is the first paragraph – for the full post, please visit the NIMH’s official blog here.

Just returning from the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. While media reports covered speeches from some of the 40 heads of state attending or skewered the over-the-top parties of the rich and famous associated with this annual meeting, they missed a remarkable story: this was the year that mental health became a hot topic at the WEF. There were over 20 sessions on health, many of them focused on mental illness, dementia, or mindfulness. Philip Campbell, editor-in-chief of Nature, moderated a session on the “Mental Health Imperative.” An unprecedented health summit began with the Prime Minister of Norway declaring that mental health was her leading health care priority. And celebrities from Goldie Hawn to Arianna Huffington argued for the need to focus on mental health. One Davos regular compared mental health in 2014 to AIDS in 1994, when the WEF declared the need for a global focus on an emerging, heavily stigmatized, frequently misunderstood disorder…

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