UN – Global Mental Health, WHO Action Plan, Oct. 11, 2012

The NGO Committee on Mental Health

Affiliated with the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (CoNGO)

in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations


In Commemoration of World Mental Health Day


“Global Mental Health, WHO Action Plan 2013-2020:

Integrating Physical and Mental Health”



The World Health Organization (WHO) projects that depression will be the number one global burden of disease by 2030, surpassing heart disease and cancer, and anticipated to be the number two burden by 2020. The 2011 UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) addressed the rapid increase of chronic illnesses and the need to focusing on primary care to develop effective prevention and intervention steps, including the need for behavioral and mental health strategies.  The May 2012 World Health Assembly Resolution to develop country wide mental health programs and the drafting of the recent draft WHO Global Mental Health Action Plan to implement strategies are essential to curbing this looming epidemic, as well as from the trauma and emotional disorders arising from violence, war, and conflict that not only threaten global well-being, but the economies of all nations.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

2:00-4:00 PM

U.N. Church Center

777 United Nations Plaza, New York City, NY

44th Street and First Ave.

2nd Floor Conference Room

Please RSVP to mentalhealthngo@optonline.net



Dr. Elizabeth Carll

Chair, NGO Committee on Mental Health; U.N. Representative, International Society

for Traumatic Stress Studies; President, CCCUN


Dr. Jacob Kumaresan

Executive Director

WHO Office at the United Nations, New York; WHO Action Plan for Mental Health 2013-2020


Adama Diop,

First Vice President, Conference of NGOs (CoNGO)



H. E. Dr. Josephine Ojiambo – Keynote

Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative

Republic of Kenya to the United Nations


Dr. Gabriel Ivbijaro 

Chair, Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group, London; Joint editor Wonca/WHO -“Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care: A Global Perspective”; Europe Vice President, WFMH


Terrie M. Williams

Founder/President, Terrie Williams Agency; Mental Health Advocate; Author, “Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting” led to national mental health advocacy campaign “Sharing Ourselves..Healing Starts With Us”



Further information contact mentalhealthngo@optonline.net

Co-sponsored by

  Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations (CCCUN);  International Council of Women (ICW);  National Council of Women-USA;  World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH); International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS); International Council of Psychologists (ICP);  NGO Committee on Ageing; NGO Committee on Sustainable Development; International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP);  World Council of Psychotherapy;  International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences;  International Association of Schools of Social Work;  Human Rights Congress for Bangladesh Minorities (HRCBM); NGO Forum for Health, Geneva  

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