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Monday, Oct. 18th 

14:00 Opening and welcome 

14:10 Plenary Session 1: The big picture

Key Note Address by Dr Ledia Lazeri, WHO Europe Regional Advisor, Mental Health

Key Note Address by Benjamin Perks, Head of Campaigns and Advocacy at UNICEF, New York

15:00 Break

15:10 Plenary Session 2 – Towards a new understanding of mental health and wellbeing

Dr Christian Ruck, Professor, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Author. "Can we get out of the neurotic threadmill?”

Dr Vikram PatelProfessor of Global Health, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr Dixon Chibanda, Associate Professor, Cenre for Global Mental Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. Towards positive mental health and wellbeing: Lessons from Friendship Bench Zimbabwe

16:25 Wrap-up of Day 1

16:30  End of Day 1


16:30 –17:30 Online Networking Event


DAY 2: Tuesday Oct. 19th

14:00 Welcome back 

14:05  Plenary Session 3: Innovative strategies for closing the treatment gap

  • Dr Andy Blackwell, Chief Scientific Officer, IESO Digital Health, UK
  • Dr Paul Farrand, Professor, University of Exeter, UK: Reimagining Support for Low-Intensity CBT: The Promise of AI 
  • Dr Gerhard Andersson, Professor, Linköping University, Sweden: Psychological internet treatments work and can be exported to other cultures and languages
  • Dr Andrea M. Beetz, Professor, IU International University of Applied Sciences, Germany: Benefits of Human-Animal Interactions for Mental Health and Wellbeing


15:20  Break

15:30 Workshops in Parallel:

Implementation of Physical Activity on Prescription

Psychological Flexibility, Mental Health, COVID-19 and Beyond

Hormones and Mood

Public Mental Health: Discussions of the semantics of mental health and mental illness for better accuracy and policy making

18:00 End of Day 2


Day 3: Wednesday Oct 20

14:00 Welcome Back

14:10 Plenary Session 4 –  Social Media Influencers and Apps as a complement, alternative or reason for therapy? 

Moderated panel discussion, speakers to be confirmed

14:55 Break

15:00 Workshops in Parallel:

Addressing Peripartum Depression

Public Mental Health Promotion as an integral part of clinical- and community care programs

How to improve access to evidence-based psychological interventions

Animal-Assisted Interventions for Children with Mental Health Challenges in School 

17:30 End of Day 3



14:00 Welcome Back

14:05 Plenary Session 5: Pathways to lifelong mental wellbeing

Dr Christian Benedict, Associate Professor in Neuroscience, Uppsala University, A sleep-deprived society: A brief wake-up call! 

Dr Catharine Ward Thompson, Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh

Additional speakers to be confirmed.

15:30  Report back from workshops

16:15  Closing Remarks, The Road Ahead.

16:30  End of Summit


Last modified: 2021-09-21