Annual Report 2017/18: Global Mental Health

kids playingGlobal Mental Health (GMH) in the Department of Psychiatry is an active partner in the University of Toronto’s global health initiatives. 

Highlights of the past year include:

  • Drs. Zuli Bhutta and Peter Szatmari have been awarded a two year grant from the Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) for their project titled The Nash-wo-Numa Study: Factors that Impact stunting and depression in children 9-15 years of age in Matiari, Pakistan. A collaborative work between CAMH, the Hospital for Sick Children Global Health, and Pakistan Aga Khan University, this project aims to uncover the prevalence and correlates of stunting and depression during the transition from childhood to adulthood among youth living in the rural District of Matiari, Pakistan.
  • Dr. Clare Pain has been awarded an 18-month grant from Grand Challenges Canada for the project titled ARC-ETHIOPIA – Assosa Refugee Camp – Health & Gender Rights for Women & Girls: An Integrated Innovation to Address Reproductive and Mental Health Needs of Refugee Women. In association with Addis Ababa University (AAU), this project aims to provide psychological and gynaecological health services to women and children rendered vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence by forced migration due to global conflict. Supported by AAU faculty supervision/consultation by phone, on-site services will include guidance in addressing sexual, reproductive, and mental health recovery of women and girls, and building capacity of volunteer social workers to provide ongoing assistance.
  • Drs. Lin Lu , Arun Ravindran, and others at the University of Toronto, Peking University, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, and Universidad Nueva San Salvador have been awarded a five year grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the National Nature Science Foundation of China for the project titled Youth Wellbeing in China and Central America: Implementation of an Integrated Prevention and Intervention Program. This project aims to improve mental health,  functioning, and wellbeing in transitional youth in China, Honduras, and El Salvador by means of a multi- level integrated mental health literacy, screening, and intervention model incorporated into academic and web-based platforms.