The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), has convened a team of global mental health experts to prepare a special report on anxiety and depression, to be presented at WISH 2018 in Doha this 13-14 November.

The report was announced at a WISH event at the University of Oxford’s Harris Manchester College recently, by Paul Farmer, Chair of the WISH Anxiety and Depression Research Group. Farmer, who is CEO of Mind, UK’s leading mental health charity, and who last year co-authored the UK government’s extensive report into mental health in the workplace, was guest speaker at an event that gathered representatives of several organisations that support people facing mental health issues.

Speaking at the event,  Farmer said he was extremely pleased that WISH has identified anxiety and depression as an issue that needs exploring.

In our report, we’re going to clearly define the terms anxiety and depression, investigate the scale of the issue, and ook at what we can do to prevent occurence. We’re finally going to look at how innovation can give us clues about the approaches that individual countries take when they build a policy approach to tackling the issue of anxiety and depression.

WISH CEO Sultana Afdhal said that they seek to engage with people who share the same commitment – building a healthier world through global collaboration.

From time to time we take the opportunity to hold events that give us the chance to engage with people outside Qatar. I’m pleased that our first ever Oxford event was so well supported; those attending clearly shared a genuine interest in the topic being highlighted.’

Another WISH event will again be held in Oxford this week.  This Monday, 16 April, Dr Mohammed Ghaly from the Research Centre for Islamic Legislature and Ethics, is presenting a public lecture on Islamic ethics and palliative care at the Investcorp Lecture Theatre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. 

Last Saturday, 14 April, Dr Mohammed Bin Ghanim Al-Ali Al Maadeed, Chairman of Qatar Red Crescent, and Dr Mukesh Kapila, Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester, explored the many challenges faced by communities and healthcare practitioners in conflict zones around the world.  

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