Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MSD) at WHO’s Headquarters Office since 2010, Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Mental Health, a member of the International Organizing Committee, on the first Congress day – 7 October, 2016 – delivers a keynote report on WHO’s Global Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020. On 8 October, 2016 he will be one of the key speakers at the International Conference “Mental Health in the Workplace” to be conducted on in the frame of the Congress. The title of Dr. Shekhar Saxena’s speech is “Seven actions towards a mentally healthy organization”.
About Dr. Shekhar Saxena
Dr. Shekhar Saxena is a psychiatrist by training, working at World Health Organization since 1998 and as the Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse since 2010. His responsibilities include providing advice and technical assistance to ministries of health on the prevention and management of mental, developmental, neurological and substance use disorders and suicide prevention. His work also involves establishing partnerships with academic centres and civil society organizations and global advocacy for mental health and substance use issues. He was an editor and contributor to the Lancet Series on Global Mental Health 2007 and 2011. He has written more than 200 scientific papers in indexed journals. Dr. Saxena is leading WHO’s work to implement the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2013 and scaling up care for priority mental, neurological and substance use disorders. He is also responsible for the development of mental and behavioural disorders as well as nervous system diseases chapters of ICD-11 and the implementation of the Assembly resolution on Autism and other developmental disorders.
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