Roundtable: Psychosis & global mental health

11 June 2019
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, 16 De Crespigny Park, London, SE58AF

2019 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Centre for Global Mental Health. During the past decade, mental health has gradually risen up the global health agenda, attracting greater attention from the public and policymakers alike.

In many contexts, psychotic symptoms are seen as the archetype of mental illness. In contrast, many of the recent high-profile mental health initiatives have focussed on the most prevalent problems – that is, common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders are relatively rare in comparison, but can be severely disabling and are often highly stigmatised, leading to social exclusion and – in some cases – human rights violations. This event brings together leading mental health researchers from around the world to debate the place of psychosis in the global mental health agenda, and the role of global research in understanding psychosis and reducing the burden of psychotic disorders. It provides an opportunity to take stock of priorities in global mental health, as well as to discuss the latest findings from cross-cultural studies of psychosis.

Join us afterwards for a drinks reception, to continue these discussions more informally and meet others with shared interests.

This event is free and open to all to attend.

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Moderator: Prof Ricardo Araya (IoPPN)


Prof. Oye Gureje (University of Ibadan)

Dr. Rangaswamy Thara (Schizophrenia Research Foundation)

Prof. Gerard Hutchinson (University of the West Indies)

Prof. Jonathan Burns (University of Exeter)

Prof. Diana Rose (IoPPN)

Dr. Alex Cohen (Harvard School of Public Health)

Prof. Graham Thornicroft (IoPPN)



5.30 – 5.35: Welcome by Ricardo Araya

5.35 – 5.40: Introductions

5.40 – 6.30: Panel discussion

6.30 – 6.55: Questions from attendees

6.55 – 7.00: Closing remarks by moderator