Dan Chisholm

Job role: 
Programme Manager for Mental Health, Regional Office for Europe
Member type: 
Other
Brief Biography: 

Dan is the Programme manager for Mental Health in the WHO Regional Office for Europe, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He works closely with WHO's Headquarters Office and Country Offices, as well as with national and international partners, to provide technical support in the area of mental health to the 53 countries making up WHO's European Region .. or to as many of them as possible anyway!  Key areas of work concern development of mental health policies, plans and laws, reforms to mental health services, mental health promotion and suicide prevention and strengthening information systems, all of which represent central elements of the European and Global mental health action plans. Formerly he was a health systems adviser in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO's headquarters office, where he worked on the development of new methods, tools and knowledge with respect to scaling-up and strengthening mental health services or systems. He has been an active collaborator in MHIN since its inception. 

Approach: 
Policy and legislation
Human rights
Prevention and promotion
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Regions of interest: 
Europe
Setting: 
Community
Workplace
School
Primary care
Specialist care
Population: 
Maternal and neonatal health
Children and adolescents
Adults
Older adults
Non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes, stroke)
Disability
Disorders of interest: 
All disorders
Country: 
Denmark

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Investing in mental health in low-income countries

A policy brief and discussion paper on how to make investing in mental health services realistic and manageable for low income country governments.
Page type: 
Policy and advocacy
Approach: 
Advocacy
Training, education and capacity building
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Mental Health Return on Investment: A Primer

An introduction to the principles and practice of return on investment (ROI) analysis, with particular reference to its application to global mental health.
Page type: 
Evaluation
Approach: 
Policy and legislation
Advocacy
Training, education and capacity building
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Interventions at the population- and community-levels for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in LMICs

This article and accompanying policy brief identify “best practice” and “good practice” interventions that can feasibly be delivered in low- and middle-income countries, to aid the identification of resource efficiencies and allocation in LMICs.
Page type: 
Research summaries and systematic reviews
Approach: 
Policy and legislation
Prevention and promotion
Detection and diagnosis
Training, education and capacity building
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Out of the Shadows: Summary Report

Report of the proceedings of the April 2016 World Bank/WHO event 'Out of the Shadows: Making mental health a global development priority'
Page type: 
Policy and advocacy
Approach: 
Policy and legislation
Advocacy
Training, education and capacity building
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Estimating the coverage of mental health programmes: a systematic review

Page type: 
Research summaries and systematic reviews
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Nature Podcast: Special episode on Global Mental Health

Three experts discuss the evidence for mental health interventions, how to get help to the right people, and which problem, if solved, would help the most.
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What do we get back by investing in mental health?

Summary of results from recent Lancet Psychiatry paper Scaling-up treatment of depression and anxiety: a global return on investment analysis
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Global Mental Health: How are we doing?

Drs Shekhar Saxena, Dan Chisholm and Fahmy Hanna talk about key messages from the World Health Organization's Mental Health Atlas.
Approach: 
Policy and legislation
Human rights
Prevention and promotion
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Disorder: 
All disorders
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Mental health economics … demystified.

This Q&A session provided people an opportunity to pose and discuss questions about the health economic aspects of planned or ongoing work, covering everything from what is a ‘unit cost’ or a ‘QALY’, to how and when to collect cost information, to why be concerned about this topic at all.
Contributor(s): 
Approach: 
Training, education and capacity building
Disorder: 
All disorders