2019 Memorial Lecture for Dr. Chesmal Siriwardhana
The Centre for Global Mental Health hosted the annual memorial lecture for Dr. Chesmal Siriwardhana on 10 October 2019, World Mental Health Day. This year’s memorial lecture focused on the mental health of post-humanitarian crisis migrants, forced into displacement by armed conflict in Sri-Lanka and Syria, and natural disasters in Peru.
The lecture was preceded by two speed talks on scaling up trans-diagnostic mental health services in conflict-effected populations by Dr. Bayard Roberts, and the psychosocial effects of El Niño in the northern coast of Peru by Dr. Elaine Flores. The keynote presentation was delivered by Dr. Shannon Doherty on the COMGAP-S project. Dr. Doherty presented the general overview of the project, which was conceived by Dr. Siriwardhana and continued by her after his death. The second phase of the project, which contains the clinical trial, is still ongoing and is expected to finish in 2020. The project has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control in the US.
You can watch the recorded lecture here.
2018 Memorial Lecture for Dr. Chesmal Siriwardhana
On 21 June 2018 the Centre for Global Mental Health hosted the second memorial lecture in honour of Dr. Chesmal Siriwardhana in the small lecture theatre of the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London.
Prof. Bayard Roberts, a collaborator of Dr. Siriwardhana, gave the lecture on research on mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings, with more details on the progress, gaps and opportunities. This topic was featured a lot in Dr. Siriwardhana’s work on internal displacement and migration in Sri Lanka during the conflict which ended in 2009.
The Mental Health Innovation Network has recorded and uploaded a commemorative podcast for Dr. Siriwardhana – listen to it here.
2017 Memorial Lecture for Dr. Chesmal Siriwardhana
The Centre for Global Mental Health hosted the first memorial lecture in honour of Dr. Chesmal Siriwardhana on June 8th 2017 in the John Snow lecture theatre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The lecture was given by Dr. Barbara Lopes-Cardozo from the Center for Global Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US, on the topic of conflict, migration, mental health and research ethics in memory of the life and work of Dr. Siriwardhana.
Listen to the lecture here, courtesy of the Centre for Global Mental Health.
Migration Health: Advancing the unfinished agenda
A public lecture given by Dr. Davide Mosca, Director, Migration Health Department of the International Organization of Migration.