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Mental Health and Psychosocial Well-being

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Graham Crouch/World Bank

There is growing recognition that mental health is one of the most neglected yet essential development issues for ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity.

World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank’s latest publication “Monitoring Progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC)” recommends that universal health coverage (UHC) and the post-2015 development framework “should address unfinished agenda of the health-related MDGs as well as emerging burden of noncommunicable diseases, including mental health, and injuries.”

This is consistent with the new World Health Assembly resolution on “Health in the post-2015 development agenda” which recommends “to incorporate noncommunicable diseases and injuries, while also promoting mental health.”

“Globally, an estimated one in four people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Annually, approximately one million people die due to suicide, which is higher than the number of deaths related to war and murder combined. Among young people, suicide is the second leading cause of death.  Depression is the largest single cause of disability worldwide. The economic loss due to problems related to mental well-being is vast. A recent study estimated that the cumulative global impact of mental disorders in terms of lost economic output will amount to US$16.3 trillion between 20 II and 2030, indicating that reasonable investment can contribute to better mental well-being. Additionally, there are strong stigma and discrimination against persons with mental or intellectual disabilities. In particular, in disaster or conflict settings, the needs of persons with mental or intellectual disabilities are often neglected.”

(From the UN Expert Group Meeting on Mental Well-being, Disability and Development, 2013)

The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) partnering with the United Nations University International Institute of Global Health, in close collaboration with key stakeholders including WHO, provides a knowledge sharing and capacity building platform on the issues of mental health and psychosocial well-being. 

The World Bank TDLC also co-organizes “The University of Tokyo Global Mental Health & Well-being Lecture Series” with the School of Public Health, the University of Tokyo, and the United Nations University International Institute of Global Health.

Mental Health and Psychosocial Well-being Programs

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Mental Health & Psychosocial Well-being after Disasters

Sharing Global Updates & Experiences from Philippines

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Japan: 15:30-17:00 (Japan Time)
Philippines: 14:30-16:00 (Local time)

During and after disasters, people experience mental and psychosocial distress, and this plays a key role in determining their quality of life, resilience and the success of their preparedness, recovery and ability to reconstruct.

Though, mental well-being and disability have long been neglected or forgotten in disaster risk reduction policies and programs, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 included mental health and psychosocial well-being as a key priority.

This distance knowledge sharing program will provide an opportunity to learn about global updates as well as experiences in the Philippines, through web/VC-based lectures and discussions.

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PFA Orientation: Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis 4

Multi-country Orientation Videoconferences

June 19, 2015
Japan: 11:00-14:30
Korea: 11:00-14:30
Philippines: 10:00-13:30
Thailand: 9:00-12:30
Indonesia: 9:00-12:30

In close partnership with WHO, together with United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan, The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) will host the fourth delivery of the psychological first aid (PFA) orientation for health and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific on June 19, 2015.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Psychological First Aid (PFA): Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis

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Foot and Mouth Disease and Disaster Risk Management

Lessons from Miyazaki

February 20, 2015

In recent years, the world has seen many animal infectious disease epidemics such as avian flu, H1N1, and BSE. Animal disease epidemics threaten not only animal lives, but also the environment, agriculture, the economy, food security, and human health and life. In April, 2010, Miyazaki prefecture experienced an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, but it was successfully contained in about 4 months. TDLC created a video introducing the lessons learned from responding to the epidemic in collaboration with the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health, Japan’s National Center for Neurology and Psychiatry and Rakuno Gakuen University with contributions by the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Miyazaki Prefectural Government.

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Knowledge Sharing on Suicide Prevention: Country Experience from Malaysia

February 23, 2015 12:00-13:30 (JST)

Tokyo Development Learning Center, the World Bank together with the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health presents knowledge sharing seminar to focus on country case studies, including good practices and lessons learned.
For this session, we will focus on Malaysia’ case, having Dr.Nurashikin Ibrahim, Ministry of Health, Malaysia and Dr.Andrew Mohan Raj, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Perdana University as speakers.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Suicide Prevention: How to Address One Million Deaths a Year, Toward the World Suicide Report

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Mental Well-being and Disability: Toward Accessible and Inclusive Sustainable Development Goals

A Panel Discussion Commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 2, 2014 13:15-14:30

Co-organized by United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health, The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center, and co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN, a panel discussion will be held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York.

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Public Forum: Disasters, Mental Well-being and Disability-Promoting Resilience for All

On November 28, 2014, in Tokyo, Japan,  UNU in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center, and the National Information Center for Disaster Mental Health, Japan, will organize a public forum “Disasters, Mental Well-being and Disability: Promoting Resilience for All”. The forum will explore how to integrate mental well-being and disability issues into disaster risk management, drawing on experiences from Japan and other countries. Speakers from several UN agencies, NGOs and academia discussed this challenge in relation to norms and standards, institutional arrangements, governance and practice. In particular, the event will focus on how the process to formulate a global post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction can incorporate issues of mental well-being and disability.

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Expert Group Meeting on Mental Well-being, Disability and Disaster Risk Reduction

The United Nations University International Institute of Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability(UNU-ISP), and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in close collaboration with the World Bank Tokyo Development Center (TDLC) and the National Institute of Mental Health, Japan, will organize an expert group meeting on mental well-being, disability and disaster reduction, in Tokyo, Japan, on November 27-28, 2014.

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PFA Orientation: Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis 3

Multi-country Orientation Videoconferences

September 17, 2014 15:00-18:30(JST)
Participating countries: Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand

In close partnership with WHO, together with United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan, The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) will host a video conference session on psychological first aid (PFA) for health and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Psychological First Aid (PFA): Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis

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PFA Orientation: Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis 2

Multi-country Orientation Videoconferences

April 11, 2013 14:00-17:30 (JST)/13:00-16:30 (ULAT)
Connecting sites: Japan, Mongolia, Philippines, Sri Lanka

In close partnership with WHO, together with United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan, The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) will host a video conference session on PFA for health and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific.
This session will be open for participants in Japan, Mongolia, Philippines, Sri Lanka.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Psychological First Aid (PFA): Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis

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PFA Orientation: Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis 1

Multi-country Orientation Videoconferences

December 13, 2013 14:00-17:30 (JST)
Connecting countries:
China, Japan, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam

In close partnership with WHO, together with United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan, The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) will host a video conference session on PFA for health and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific.
This session will be open for participants in China, Japan, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Psychological First Aid (PFA): Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis

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