Panel 1: 10 am to 11:30 pm
Moderator: Holly K. Shaw, PhD, RN,Chair, NGO Committee on Mental Health
Speakers: Barbara Stanley, PhD,Columbia University, Suicide risk assessment, intervention and prevention
Dana Alonzo, PhD, Fordham University, Community Capacity Building for Suicide Prevention in South and Central America
Jill Harkavy-Friedman, PhD, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Siva Mathiyazhagan, PhD, Martina Edmonds, PA,Trust for Youth and Child Leadership
Adv. LironDavid, BSW, LLM, ENOSH, Programmesof the Israeli Mental Health Association
Lunch Break: 11:30 am – 12:30 pmLight lunch provided
Roger Street Friedman, Singer, Activist, Special Performance
Panel 2: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Moderator: Vivian Pender, MD,Immediate Past Chair, NGO CMH
Speakers: Stephen Figge, MédecinsSan Frontières
Werner Oberneyer, World Health Organization
friendship bench, Zimbabwe
Alexander Au, MD,University of Utah, The Future of Mental Health: Innovative Uses of Technology Addressing Suicide Worldwide
Wendy Vonsosen& Jen Blair, Mama Dragons, A Community Focused Suicide Prevention Program for LGBTQ adolescents and young adults
Photos from the High Level Meeting on Universal Healthcare Coverage at the United Nations, April 29, 2019
The creation of the Committee has fostered a strong collaboration that has strengthened the efforts to bring understanding of and action on Mental Health issues to the global agenda of the United Nations.
The NGO Committee on Mental Health Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 1996 in collaboration with the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations. It is a coalition of NGOs in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the Department of Public Information, and the private and academic sectors.
Refugees, Immigrants and Mental Health
The Working Group on Refugees, Immigrants and Mental Health addresses the psychological, social and economic impact on people who have been internally or externally displaced from their homelands.
Racism, Related Intolerance and Mental Health
The Working Group on Racism, Related Intolerances and Mental Health focuses on promoting the integration of mental health perspectives into the implementation of the Durban Programme of Action (the outcome report of the World Conference Against Racism), the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and related human rights instruments.
Human Rights and Mental Health
The Working Group on Human Rights and Mental Health advocates for mental health and well-being in policy and planning at the UN. We promote attention to self-determination and self-representation of people suffering from discrimination due to psychiatric and/or emotional disabilities in every part of the world.
Current Projects and Studies
Suicidal behavior in female athletes worldwide
Feasibility study to improve mental health care in rural Bangladesh
Mental health training of primary care physicians in Afghanistan
Mental health in formerly imprisoned children worldwide