Mary Cairns

Global Mental Health: Psychiatry, Missions, and treating "the least of these"

Psychiatry & Missions

Breakout Session
Student Building (Block) Foundation Room

Psychiatric illnesses constitute 14% of the GBD (Global Burden of Disease) and are a major "neglected" NCD (Non-Communicable Disease) in both medical missions and the global health community at large. Using real-world clinical vignette, we plan to introduce attendees to core aspects of GMH (Global Mental Health) in the hopes of encouraging more Christian workers to integrate this into their clinical practice and/or vision for missions. NOTE: while this presentation will use some medical jargon concepts which will be more familiar to health-care professionals, much of its content will also be highly applicable to non-medical personnel.