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Public Forum:A Society that Cares about Mental and Psychosocial Well-being in Emergency Settings

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December 12, 2013

Based on its experience from many disasters including the Hanshin-Awaji Great Earthquake and the Great East Japan Earthquake, Japan has rich and unique experience and expertise on mental and psychosocial support in crisis settings.

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The Japanese efforts are consistent with the international community’s consensus to integrate mental well-being into disaster response and disaster risk management. The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) PFA program aims at sharing the Japanese experience together with introducing key global policy/practical tools such as “WHO’s PFA Field Guide” and the “Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings” that are widely used international gold standards in the area.

The Public Forum to be held in the UN House Tokyo, Japan, is open to the general public in Japan to provide an opportunity to learn basics of mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings, and to share their experience and have dialogues with international and national experts in mental health and psychosocial support in crisis situations.  

Opening Remarks:

Dr. Atsuro Tsutsumi, Coordinator, International Institute for Global Health, United Nations University (UNU)

Welcome Remarks

Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Director, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization (WHO)

Keynote Lecture:

Dr. Leslie Snider, Sr. Programme Advisor & Main Author, WHO PFA Field Guide, War Trauma Foundation

Panelists:

Dr. Leslie Snider, Sr. Programme Advisor, War Trauma Foundation
Dr. Kim Yoshiharu, President, National Information Center of Disaster Mental Health, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan
Dr. Takashi Izutsu, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, TDLC, The World Bank
Dr. Atsuro Tsutsumi, Coordinator, International Institute for Global Health, UNU
Ryo Goto, Communication Officer, Plan Japan

Closing Remarks:

Dr. Kim Yoshiharu, President, National Information Center of Disaster Mental Health, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan

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