Mental Health Breaks Through in Global Health

Friday, May 3, 2019

By Jake Miller

In the field of global health, where caregivers are often left frustrated when enormous suffering goes untreated, sometimes just getting the world to acknowledge the severity of a problem can feel like an achievement.

When that acknowledgment is coupled with real progress toward identifying and implementing affordable, scalable solutions that have the potential to improve millions of lives, it’s cause for celebration.

To celebrate this achievement, widely regarded as one of the most prestigious awards for global health research, Patel was feted at a reception at HMS by colleagues from across the university and around the world on April 23.

“In addition to being the leading cause of suffering in the world today, mental illness is also the least attended problem and perhaps the most stigmatized,” said Paul Farmer, chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS, at the celebration.

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Perkins.

Source: Harvard Medical School (link opens in a new window)

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