The prevention of mental health problems and human right violations in armed conflict areas
Mental health problems and human right violations are a significant problem in armed conflict areas. These mental health problems are also often experienced by immigrants and refugees in the Netherlands. This lecture will address these issues and discuss their prevention.
Prof. Dr. Joop de Jong is Emeritus Professor of Cultural and International Psychiatry at VU Amsterdam, and Emeritus Visiting Professor of Psychology at Rhodes University, South Africa. He is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, and Senior Researcher at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). He was the founder and director of the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO), which provided mental health and psychosocial services in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. Until, today programmes of TPO often operate in armed conflict areas and give special attention to the prevention of mental health problems and human rights violations. Joop de Jong worked part-time with immigrants and refugees in the Netherlands. Over the past decades he was involved in global mental health by integrating insights from public mental health, psychotherapy, psychiatry, anthropology and epidemiology in community interventions in a variety of cultures.
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