Epsy Campbell Barr
Vice President of Costa Rica


Nestor Mendez
Assistant Secretary General, Organization of American State

Katija Khan

President Elect, Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations 

Shekhar Saxena

Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Paulina del Rio

President and Co-founder of Fundación José Ignacio, Chile

Juan Pablo Uribe

Global Director, Health, Nutrition & Population and the Global Financing Facility, World Bank Group 

María Elena Medina-Mora

Director of the Faculty of Psychology, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Shirley J. Holloway

President, Board of Directors, National Alliance on Mental Illness, United States

Sahar Vasquez

Co-Founder, Mind Health
Connect, Belize

Paul Bolton

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Coordinator, United States Agency for International Development

Ana Cristina Mendoza

Psychologist, Guatemala

Paulo Rossi Menezes

Principal Investigator, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Pamela Collins

Director of the Global Mental Health Program, University of Washington

Rubén Alvarado Muñoz

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Universidad Valparaíso, Chile

Mary Bartram

Director, Mental Health and
Substance Use, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Alejandra Mora Mora

Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIMP), Organization of American States (OAS)

Carmen Montón Giménez

Permanent Observer of Spain to the Organization of American States (OAS)







COVID-19 presents an opportunity to strengthen mental health in the Americas


Washington, D.C. 28 September 2022 (PAHO/WHO) – The burden of mental health conditions has increased in the Americas due to COVID-19, and this situation has been exacerbated by social determinants of health such as poverty, high level health officials concluded during a side event at the 30th Pan American Sanitary Conference.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted the mental health and wellbeing of everyone, everywhere,” the PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne said at the opening of the event yesterday, Leveraging Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic to Address the Region’s Mental Health Challenges for the Future.


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