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Global Launch of the Lancet - WPA Commission: time for united action on depression



We are pleased to inform you of the upcoming publication of the Lancet - World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Commission: time for united action on depression. To mark the global launch of this Commission, we will be holding a launch webinar on the 16th February, 2022, at 12:00 pm GMT/7:00 am EST. Attendance is free and you can register for the webinar here.


Depression is the leading cause of mental health-related disease burden globally. It represents a barrier to sustainable development in all regions, prevents people from reaching their full potential, impairs human capital, and is associated with premature mortality from suicide and other illnesses.


By aligning knowledge about depression from many fields, the Lancet-WPA Commission on depression has synthesised evidence from diverse contexts and generated action-oriented recommendations for a variety of stakeholders: communities and those affected by depression and their families; clinicians and public health practitioners; researchers who work to understand and address depression; and policy makers and financiers of health care. Join The Lancet's Richard Horton and Miriam Lewis Sabin for the launch of this Commission where Commission co-Chairs will present the key messages and invited speakers representing these stakeholders will discuss and reflect on the significance and implementation of these recommendations. The session will conclude with a Q&A session with the co-Chairs.


Webinar details:

Date: Wednesday, 16th February, 2022 Time: 12:00 pm GMT / 7:00 am EST

Registration: Register here

Duration: 1h 30 min


Featured speakers:

  • Afzal Javed - President, World Psychiatric Association (WPA)

  • Helen Herrman - Chair, The Lancet-WPA Commission on Depression

  • Vikram Patel - Co-Chair, The Lancet-WPA Commission on Depression

  • Christian Kieling - Co-Chair, The Lancet-WPA Commission on Depression

  • Opeyemi Lawal - Director, Asido Foundation for Mental Health

  • Vivek H. Murthy - U.S. Surgeon General

  • Soumya Swaminathan - Chief Scientist, World Health Organization

  • Anna Stavdal - President, World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA)

Can't attend the live event? By registering, you will receive a link to the on-demand version after the session concludes.


We hope you can attend this webinar. Don't forget to mark your calendar!


Author: WPA


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