Dr Chesmal Siriwardhana's Memorial Lecture: Research on mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings – progress, gaps and opportunities
The Centre for Global Mental Health invites you to Dr Chesmal Siriwardhana's Memorial Lecture
Date: 21 June 2018
Time: 16:00 - 17:00, followed by a drinks reception
Venue: Small Lecture Theatre, IoPPN Main Building, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF
“Research on mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings – progress, gaps and opportunities”
Keynote speaker: Professor Bayard Roberts (LSHTM)
There have been important increases in the quantity and quality of research on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) activities in humanitarian crises. However, there remain major gaps in MHPSS data and evidence. These gaps raise key questions of accountability of MHPSS services in humanitarian responses. This presentation will review some of these gaps and discuss priorities for further research and ways to strengthen accountability.
Dr Chesmal Siriwardhana was a mental health expert who focused on migrants and people in armed conflict zones. He received his PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, in 2015. Chesmal was a popular teacher and inspired many students both in Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom with his work on Global Mental Health. He also worked actively with the Association of Professionals from Sri Lanka in supporting students through their scholarship programme. Born on 6 June 1978 in Kurunegala District, Sri Lanka, he died in a traffic incident in London on 9 April 2017, aged 38 years.