SAVE THE DATE! SEMINAR on Mental health and international development: Launch of DFID's Position Paper and voices from the field

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SAVE THE DATE! SEMINAR on Mental health and international development: Launch of DFID's Position Paper and voices from the field

Date: Thursday 20th August at 11am BST 

This webinar is co-hosted by the Mental Health Innovation Network at the Centre for Global Mental Health and the Bond Disability Sub-Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Disability.

Free and open to the public, particularly people interested in mental health and international development.

Details: This webinar will be facilitated by the Mental Health Innovation Network on the Zoom platform of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; participants are advised to log on 10 minutes early, to allow time to resolve any technical difficulties and to familiarise themselves with the software. 

Speaker list


  • Diana Dalton (Head of Inclusive Societies Department)
  • Alastair Ager (Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor)


  • Julian Eaton (CBM Global and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • Tom Shakespeare (PENDA, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Civil society:

  • Alberto Vásquez (Office of UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)
  • Olayinka Omigbodun (University of Ibadan)
  • Amanda Essien (TLM Nigeria)
  • Esenam Drah (MEHSOG, Ghana, Global MH Peer Network, and Time to Change Global)





Chair: Julian Eaton, LSHTM and CBM Global


5 min

Diana Dalton, Head of Inclusive Societies Department, DFID 

Welcome and introduction to webinar. Backgroundto DFID’s work in mental health


15 min

Alastair Ager, Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor, DFID

Introduction to DFID’s Theory of Change, Position Paper and Topic Guide. Applications in context of COVID-19


10 min

Tom Shakespeare: Professor of Disability Research, LSHTM

Impact of COVID on mental health of people with disabilities in LMICs, with a special focus on psychosocial disabilities. 


20 min


Julian Eaton


Alberto Vasquez, UN

Olayinka Omigbodun, University of Ibadan

Amanda Essien, TLM Nigeria 


Chaired panel, discussing experiences in mental health and development, including COVID, highlighting relevant aspects of the Theory of Change


20 min

Audience Q&A with panelists

Panelists discuss questions submitted by audience via Zoom chat


5 min


Wrap-up and further information



The COVID-19 outbreak has underscored the importance of mental health and well-being to our daily lives and our work. Mental health is something that helps all of us live full lives, but in times of stress, we can all experience distress, or even develop mental health conditions. Meanwhile, people with mental health conditions are more likely to be in vulnerable situations that worsen the social, emotional, physical and economic impacts of the pandemic, and all too often are “left behind” in emergency response as well as ongoing development efforts.

In recent years, the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom (UK) has been working to articulate its position and approach to the integration of mental health into other development sectors. This webinar will bring together development professionals from DFID and civil society to formally launch DFID’s Theory of Change and Position Paper on mental health and psychosocial disabilities, as well as a new K4D-DFID Topic Guide on mental health for development professionals.

We will also take this opportunity to learn from development professionals currently working in the field to integrate mental health into their COVID-19 response, as well as the experience of people affected by mental health conditions.
Will there be new joining details

I was just on the webinar which was unfortunately hacked...Will the webinar be rescheduled or will new joining details be distributed (perhaps requiring registration and with joining details which require a password)?