Shekhar Saxena

Job role: 
Director: Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse WHO
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Policy Maker
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Dr Shekhar Saxena, Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MSD) at WHO’s Headquarters Office, is the joint leader of the Mental Health Innovation Network. Dr Saxena is a psychiatrist with about 30 years of experience in research and program management, service delivery and information systems in the areas of mental health, especially in low and middle income countries. He was one of the writers of the World Health Report 2001 on mental health and an editor and author in the Lancet Series on Global Mental Health 2007 and the Lancet Series on Global Mental Health 2011. He led WHO's Mental Health Atlas and WHO Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems (WHO-AIMS), which have been used in more than 80 countries, and is responsible for implementation of WHO's mental health Gap Action Program on scaling up care for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in low and middle income countries. His current responsibilities include implementing the WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020.

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Mental Health Among Displaced People and Refugees

Technical note from the World Bank Group, making the case for action to meet the mental health needs of displaced people and refugees
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Policy and advocacy
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Human rights
Advocacy
Training, education and capacity building
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Making Mental Health a Global Priority

Patricio Marquez (WBG) and Shekhar Saxena (WHO) discuss some of the complex topics surrounding global mental health care.
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Policy and advocacy
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Policy and legislation
Advocacy
Technology
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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'
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Policy and advocacy
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Policy and legislation
Advocacy
Training, education and capacity building
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The magnitude of and health system responses to the mental health treatment gap in adults in India and China

A systematic review paper in the China-India Mental Health Alliance Series, describing the unmet mental health needs in China and India.
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Research summaries and systematic reviews
Approach: 
Advocacy
Training, education and capacity building
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Interventions for Common Perinatal Mental Disorders

A MHIN summary for a systematic review entitled 'Interventions for common perinatal mental disorders in women in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis' (Rahman et al, 2013).
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Research summaries and systematic reviews
Approach: 
Empowerment and service user involvement
Task sharing
Prevention and promotion
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
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WHO 'Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative' Report

The report provides a global knowledge base on suicide and suicide attempts as well as actionable steps for countries based on their current resources and context to move forward in suicide prevention.
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Policy and advocacy
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Policy and legislation
Advocacy
Prevention and promotion
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Suicide prevention webinar

Q&A on suicide prevention with Dr Shekhar Saxena, Director of WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
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Approach: 
Prevention and promotion
Disorder: 
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Self-harm/suicide
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Dr Shekhar Saxena: Dialogues Between Neuroscience and Society-Global Mental Health and Neuroscience

Lecture by MHIN strategic adviser, Shekhar Saxena, Director, WHO Dept Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use Disorders.
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Disorder: 
All disorders
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Mental health parity in the Global Health and Development agenda

WBG and WHO explore the consequences of leaving mental disorders out of the health dialogue in the lead up to the "Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority" event.
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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.
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Policy and legislation
Human rights
Prevention and promotion
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Disorder: 
All disorders
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“The Zero Hour” for Mental Health

A repost from the World Bank Group Investing in Health blog, Tim Evans, Patricio V. Marquez, and Shekhar Saxena advocate for political commitment, broad social engagement and international support for global mental health.
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The Mental Health Innovation Network: why it matters now

Building communities of practice is not new to public health. Or even mental health. There are great examples of expert and advocate networks catering to the professional and educational needs of mental health stakeholders regionally and nationally. So what about the global mental health community? Could it benefit from a similar network?