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Book Launch: Mental Health, Legal Capacity, and Human Rights

October 1, 2021

Lab Director Professor Vikram Patel and Coordinator Juliana Restivo are excited to share the news of a new edited volume that was recently published in September 2021. Professor Patel is one of the lead Editors of the volume along with co-editors Professor Michael Stein, Faraaz Mahomed, and Charlene Sunkel. Juliana is the Editorial Assistant of the volume.

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Congratulations to Dr. John Naslund on being one of the 2021 Burke Fellowship recipients!

June 21, 2021

“I am honored to be a recipient of the Burke Fellowship, and to have this exciting opportunity to expand my research in collaboration with Sangath to use widely available digital technology to address stress and to promote mental health and wellbeing among community health workers in rural India. This project represents a critical part of my research and career development, because it will set the stage for supporting the eventual roll out of this scalable digital program in low-resource settings, and is especially timely given the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across...

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$10 Million Lone Star Prize for Depression Challenge includes support for Prof Patel's EMPOWER initiative

June 15, 2021

“We’re at the start of a journey to build the world’s community-based mental health force, which is essential for addressing the vast unmet need for high quality mental health care,” Professor Vikram Patel said. “Our initiative uses both established and novel digital tools to leverage decades of clinical and implementation research, giving community health workers the power to implement evidence-based treatments for patients with depression.”

“The Lone Star Depression Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to build a project at scale in one of the largest states in the U.S.,”...

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Well Being Trust and Harvard Medical School Join Forces to Scale up Community-Based Mental Health Interventions

April 28, 2021

The goal of this project, which kicked off in early 2021, is to promote population mental health and well-being, reduce historic and emerging disparities, prevent mental health issues through scaling up evidence-based interventions, and build a new type of mental health workforce in communities throughout the United States.

“Our nation’s fragmented health system has created massive barriers for people who have mental health or addiction needs. Not having enough workforce is often blamed as part of that problem; however, we believe this is the wrong focus – it’s not about how...

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The EMPOWER website is now live!

March 29, 2021

We are excited to share that the EMPOWER project website is LIVE! Visit http://empower.care/ to see the project's progress so far and our future plans. We have so many great collaborations in the works and we are looking forward to joining forces with all of them to build the world's mental health workforce! 

Congratulations to the team on their hard work in making this website come together. 

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Lancet Psychiatry: COVID-19 mental health impact and responses in low-income and middle-income countries: reimagining global mental health

February 24, 2021

Prof. Vikram Patel and Dr. John Naslund along with many other global mental health colleagues have recently published an important, and timely review in Lancet Psychiatry on the mental health impact of COVID-19 in low and middle income countries and how this calls us as a field and a global community to reimagine global mental health. Read the summary below and the full article...

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Virtual Mental Health Study Group led by Research Fellow Yuri Sugimoto

August 20, 2020

Join an online study group focused on sharing knowledge and ideas about mental health studies and practices. The objective of this study group will be to host mainly informal conversations on various topics related to mental health to network, collaborate, and exchange people's thoughts and ideas from their lived, studying, and working experience. 

This study group is being organized by Yuri Sugimoto and Miao Xue, members of the GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard Ambassador Board. This group is open to individuals all over the world and at various stages of their career who are...

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