MESSAGES From Our Organising Committee

Is this conference for you?

Do you worry about the mental health treatment gap in India?

Are you a front-line implementer or researcher involved in innovative community-based approaches to mental health care?

Do you want to learn from experienced innovators about developing and delivering successful mental healthcare programmes?


Do you want to network with other innovators and collaboratively develop creative solutions to unresolved challenges in the mental health agenda?


Do you want to share your experiences of implementing innovative mental healthcare programmes?


If you answered yes to any of these, join us in Goa on December 10th and 11th!


Scientific sessions

The scientific sessions will be a combination of lectures, and panel discussions. We are inviting abstracts for oral presentations. The theme of the presentations should cover any of the core themes of the conference.

Innovations Fair

We are inviting proposals for showcasing your work in an exhibition-style ‘innovations fair’. The purpose of the fair is to disseminate best practices in the area of ‘innovations in mental health care’ in India.


confirmed Speakers


Pallab Maulik

Dr. Pallab Maulik is the Deputy Director of Research and Development at The George Institute for Global Health in India as well as a Senior Research Associate at The George Institute for Global Health in the UK. Dr. Maulik has worked with the World Health Organisation (WHO), Geneva on Project Atlas and various other mental health programs.



Dr. Vikram Patel is a noted psychiatrist and mental health researcher. He is also the co-founder of Sangath and the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he is professor. He was featured in the Time’s 100 category of ‘Pioneers’ in 2015. Professor Patel, a senior fellow at the UK-based Wellcome Trust, is also the co-Director of the Centre for the Control of Chronic Conditions at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).



Dr Soumya Swaminathan is the Secretary, Department of Health Research (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India), and Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research. She is known for her groundbreaking tuberculosis research, and has conducted extensive clinical trials-work examining treatment and prevention regimens for tuberculosis among HIV-infected children and adults. Her contributions to research have been recognised through numerous awards: Tamil Nadu award for Science and Technology (2012), Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indian Association of Applied Microbiologists (2011), and ICMR Kshanika Oration award for excellence in biomedical sciences (2008) 



Graham Thornicroft is Professor of Community Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. He also works as a Consultant Psychiatrist at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, working in a community mental health early intervention team in Lambeth. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and is a National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator. He chaired the World Health Organisation Guideline Development Group for the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Intervention Guide.