NGO Committee on Mental Health in Consultative Relationship to the United Nations

As a member of the NGO Committee on Mental Health in Consultative Relationship to the UN, Dr. Irit Felsen would like to make mental health professionals and others who are interested in the promotion of issues related to mental health aware of the meetings of the NGO Committee on Mental Health .

Meetings, which are open to all interested individuals, take place every third Thursday of the month, at :

The UN Church Center
777 United Nations Plaza
(44th Street bet 1st & 2nd Avenue)
Hardin Room 11th Floor

As stated in the official website (http://www.mentalhealthngo.org/content.html?page=1), the NGO Committee on Mental Health was established in 1996 with the primary mission of the promotion of psychological well-being, the improvement of mental health care services, and advocacy and education in the prevention of mental illness.  The Committee works with the United Nations, and its specialized agencies, to ensure the inclusion of mental health issues within a broader context of concerns such as vulnerable populations, human rights, poverty, violence, the environment, peace and well-being.

The Committee’s members represent a very diversified constituency. The members include NGOs, individuals, the private sector, governments and representatives of the UN and its various agencies.

The Committee participates in key UN meetings and has developed a highly effective advocacy model. Over the years, the Committee has organized monthly programs on various topics that frequently coincide with UN activities, events, conferences and special sessions of UN bodies. Invited speakers are often distinguished professionals and experts, government representatives, and individuals from within the UN.

Today’s panel discussion, which was organized by the CMH Working Group on Trauma focused on the topic of

The Impact of Trauma over the Lifespan: Fear, Danger, and Loss.

The program of today’s meeting included:

Introductory Remarks
Georgi Antar, PsyD
Chair, NGO Committee on Mental Health
UN Representative, CCCUN

MODERATOR:
Alessandra Scalmati, MD PhD
Co-Convener, CMH Trauma and Mental Health Working Group
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

PANELISTS
Gary Kennedy, MD
Director Division Geriatric Psychiatry, Montefiore Medical Center
Professor of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

Karen Hopenwasser, MD
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry NY Presbyterian/Weill Cornell

Danette Wilson Gonzalez, LCSW-R
Director of Manhattan Non Residential Services Sanctuary for Families

Pamela Krasner, LCSW
Director Children and Youth Services Program, Sanctuary for Families

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