New approach to tackle the crisis in mental health

Nov. 21, 2019

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Professor Mark Jordans - War Child head of Research and Development - argues for a new approach to meet the urgent mental health needs of children living in the midst of war. In our latest video he shares his vision to mark the inauguration of the War Child Holland academic chair.

Urgent needs

Some 84 million children worldwide experience psychological and social problems as a result of violence and armed conflict. The needs of these children are urgent and growing in complexity - but currently underserved. A massive ‘treatment gap’ exists between available services and the critical needs that remain unaddressed.

This central challenge is the subject of a major speech from Professor Mark Jordans - War Child head of Research and Development - to mark the inauguration of the War Child Holland academic chair. Professor Jordans argues that new systemic approaches - ones that draw on community resources to be delivered rapidly at large scale - are urgently required.

In his speech Professor Jordans proposes a new system of care with the potential to bridge the ‘treatment gap’ in mental health provision - as he explains in this new video:

Video: Professor Mark Jordans, 5 questions

The entire lecture text - Improving the Mental Health of Children in Conflict-Affected and Low-Resource Settings: Children’s Steps to Leaps Forward - is available to download here. The lecture - delivered on Thursday November 21 in the Auditorium of the University of Amsterdam - marks the inauguration of the War Child Holland academic chair.