Ricardo Araya, MD, MRCPsych, PhD

In the nineties I held important posts at the Ministry of Health (Primary Care) in Chile. A randomized controlled trial undertaken by my team and published in Lancet paved the way to the introduction of the first National Depression Treatment Programme in Primary Care in Chile. This is the only example of a scaled up programme in mental health over the last 10 years in a low-and-middle income country. This model of care has been adapted and replicated in several countries (India, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Colombia, Brazil, Lebanon).

I lead as a Co-PI (with Professor Paulo Menezes from USP) a Mental Health Research Hub in Latin America focusing on the integration of management for chronic diseases, which also has a capacity building component. I have served as a member of various WT panels for almost 10 years.

Currently I am a member of the Joint Global Health Trials panel. I have been a member of the Global Mental Health Challenges initiative funded by the Canadian government. At present I am Co-Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health based jointly between the LSHTM and the IoP in London. I am a member of the Editorial Board of several journals including the British Journal of Psychiatry and the Lancet Psychiatry. 

Coming up

Tenth Latin-MH Study Group

It's going to be held at August 22nd, 10am EST, our 10th Latin-MH Study Group with the theme "Digital Technology for Preventing Early Mortality Among People Living with Serious Mental Illnesses". This webinar will be presented by Dr. John A. Naslund, PhD from Dartmouth College, and will be held in English, online, via Adobe Connect. Come join and build capacity with us!

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Latest events

Ninth Latin-MH Study Group

It was held on May 29th our 9th Latin-MH Study Group with the theme "New Technologies for Mental Health Assistance". This theme, our study group was tutored by Dr. Ines Hungerbühler, PhD from University of São Paulo. The webinar was held via Adobe Connect, and this edition was in English. Watch it right now!

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Eighth Latin-MH Study Group

It was held on March 30th our 8th Latin-MH Study Group with the theme "IntelliCare - Mobile Apps for Depression and Anxiety". This time, the speaker was Dr. Kenneth Weingardt, PhD from Northwestern University. The webinar was held online via Adobe Connect, and this edition was in English. Watch the video right now! 

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Seventh Study Group Reunion Latin-MH

Our 7th Study Group consisted in the debate "Primary-Care Professionals Mental Health: work-related factors" with Dr. Andréa Tenório, and it was held on February 31st. In this meeting we discussed the findings of The PANDORA-SP Study. This webinar was broadcasted online via Adobe Connect and it happened in two sessions: one in portuguese and one in english. The link to the videos may be found below!

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