The World Economic Forum gathers every year with a goal to improve the overall state of the world. In this drawing event, business and country leaders, as well as health experts will convene to define the future of what’s healthy. Mental health and wellness belong to the critical topics in this global agenda.
Kaiser Permanente hosted an initial dialogue last year to discuss a worldwide issue about mental health, and how we can improve the access to its solutions, as well as the ways to overcome the challenges related to this illness that affect businesses, families and societies.
Since then, Kaiser Permanente tackled events (natural disasters, violence, greater uncertainty across the world) that intensify the need for discussions about mental health and wellness. The organization has been gathering experts that can influence individuals and groups to take action, and prove that there’s still hope.
No one is safe from mental health issues. It affects millions of people from children to elderly, the rich and the poor, as well as business executives and the homeless. This issue has a direct impact on business, as it can drain economic resources. Dialogues related to mental health issues, where topics related to it are discussed like the stigma around talking about mental problems, and the ways we can improve the mental screening in primary settings. Bringing the issue out in the open can lead to a dramatic impact.
Addressing this issue can strengthen families, and can result in safer communities. It can stabilize jobs and businesses. Moreover, when addressed right, we can save money from health care costs due to physical issues that can come with mental conditions.
The bright side is that we have all that we need to win against this global issue. More than ever, now we have more information about diagnosing and treating mental illnesses. New studies, and breakthroughs continue to emerge; a sign that we are making progress in demystifying this topic. Connecting mental health experts to primary care doctors can make a big difference, too.
No person should suffer in silence, when their condition can be treated, or can even be prevented. Spreading awareness about mental health issues can change the world, and result in better homes workplaces, schools and communities.
Kaiser Permanente’s Davos panel discussion involve experts where they can share insights about the best global practices, and share inspiring stories that highlight the hope that mental health and wellness is within our reach.
The experts in the discussion include Pamela Collins, MD, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and professor of global health who directs the Global Mental Health Program at the University of Washington, joined by Tine Van Bortel, PhD, a professor of Global & Mental Health and deputy director of the Institute for Health and Human Development at the University of East London and a principal investigator in Public Mental Health at the Cambridge University Institute of Public Health, and Don Mordecai, MD, the Kaiser Permanente national leader for mental health and wellness. The discussion will be moderated by Clifton Leaf, Editor-in-Chief of Fortune.
The important thing is we have hope. The victory towards mental health and wellness is within our reach. Organizations like Kaiser Permanente has more to share and contribute to achieve their goal, and us, too, as individuals can help in many ways in the healing.