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World Mental Health Consortium Meetings 2008-2012

a PSC Research Project

Investigator:   Steven Heeringa

This proposal seeks support for five annual meetings of the World Health Organization (WHO) World Mental Health (WMH) Consortium. The WMH Consortium is an iniative of the Classification, Assessment, Surveys and Terminology (CAS) group at WHO. The main objectives of WMH are to design and implement a series of coordimated high-quality community epidemiological surveys of DSM-IV and ICD-10 disorders throughout the world, to carry out centralized analyses of these surveys, and to develop cross-national work groups of collaborators who will prepare reports and publications based on these analyses. A total of 29 countries are now participating in the WMH survey initiative. WMH surveys have already been completed in all but 3 of these countries; the final combined sample size will be over 300,000 respondents -- making this by far the largest cross-national epidemiological study of mental disorders ever undertaken.



The support requested here is to continue the Consortium's annual meetings covering, specifically: 1) coordination of the agendas and presentations; 2) site selection and travel coordination; and 3) the actual conduct of the meeting.



Though much work is done throughout the year via e-mail and conference call, these annual meetings are the only opportunity collaborators have to meet in person. The outcome of the yearly meetings includes full-group discussion and input on cross-country workgroup analyses, establishing agreements on upcoming publication and dissemination dates and priorities, holding customized meetings with the analysts, and renewing synergy and personal connections that can be uniquely accomplished through face-to-face work.

Funding Period: 02/11/2008 to 12/31/2013

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