We are honored and thrilled that President Kuczynski has indicated that he will be speaking at the mental health symposium that we will be hosting in Lima in April. The symposium is scheduled for 28 April 2017. Entitled, “Mental Health and Substance Use: Priorities for Practice and Policy,” the symposium is designed to be a catalyst for nurturing ideas and actions that expand understanding and advance policy and practice at the intersection of mental health and substance use disorders. We anticipate that the symposium will have far-reaching impact not only in Latin America, but globally as well.
This symposium is being hosted by the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University (cugmhp.org; USA) with collaboration from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peru), the Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz (Mexico), PAHO and WHO. We anticipate that we will have speakers from around the world contributing to the program, with a particular concentration of speakers from the region. The Director of WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Disorders, the Director of the US National Institute of Drug Abuse, and the Director of PAHO Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders all plan to be in attendance as well as several national Ministers of Mental Health and Substance Use from the region.
Mental health and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability in the world, and the toll in Latin America is profound. With President Kuczynski’s opening address, these complex issues will be recognized as critical priorities for national and global health agendas. It is a privilege and an enormous honor to have President Kuczynski open the symposium.
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