Joint 5th Global Mental Health Summit (GMHS) and 9th National Bioethics Conference (NBC)

Forum for Medical Ethics Society with Banyan Academy of Leadership In Mental Health (BALM),Chennai ;
Centre for Mental Health Law & Policy (CMHLP), Pune and Sangath

Pre-conference events: Between Nov 15 and Dec 31, 2022
Main Conference: Saturdays, December 3 & 10, 2022 (virtual) & December 17, 2022 (Madras School of Social Work No. 32,CASA Major road,Sulaiman Zackria Avenue,Egmore,Chennai-600008,Tamil Nadu.)


Main conference theme:

Mental Health: Center-staging Human Rights, Ethics, Law, Research and Policy

Conference Program: Day 1 | Saturday, December 3, 2022 | Virtual

Conference Program: Day 1 | Speakers Biosketches | Saturday, December 3, 2022

Conference Program: Day 2 | Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Virtual

Conference Program: Day 2 | Speakers Biosketches | Saturday, December 10, 2022

Conference Program: Day 3 | Saturday, December 17, 2022 | In-Person at BALM, Madras school of Social Work, No. 32,CASA Major road,Sulaiman Zackria Avenue,Egmore,Chennai-600008,Tamil Nadu

Conference Program: Day 3 | Speakers Biosketches | Saturday, December 17, 2022

Conference Program: All Three Days

Presentations: Day 1

Session 1 | Global Mental Health & Social Justice

Keynote address: Speaker: Rochelle Burgess [Video]

Session 2: Mental Health, Marginalisation & Development

Panel Discussion: Speakers for individual themes:

  • Deepa Pawar (Caste Discrimination & Mental Health) [Video]
  • Sumeet Jain (Caste & Psychiatry) [Video]
  • Ketki Ranade (Gender, Sexuality, & Mental Health) [Video]
  • Hauwa Ojeifo (Race & Mental Health) [Video]

Moderator: Surinder Jaswal [Video]

Session 3: Inter-Sectoral Approaches to Suicide Prevention

Panel Discussion: Speakers for individual themes:

Daiane Borges Machado (Cash Transfers: An Evidence Based Strategy for Suicide Prevention) [Video]

Lakshmi Vijayakumar (Gender & Suicide Prevention) [Video]

Rakhi Dandona (Improving Data Surveillance Systems for Suicide Prevention) [Video]

Tanmoy Goswami (Centring Lived Experiences in Suicide Prevention Research) [Video]

Facilitator: Arjun Kapoor [Video]

Session 4: Contemporary Debates in Psychiatry: From Clinical Diagnosis to Recent Advances Soumitra Pathare in conversation with Awais Aftab [Video]


Presentations: Day 2

Session 1 | Mental health research and rights of people with mental health problems

Keynote address: Speaker: Julian Eaton [Video]

Session 2 | Collaborative mental health research initiatives involving communities: Navigating through ethical dilemmas

Plenary 1: Speakers for individual themes:

  • Marisha Wickremsinhe (Researching the ethics of involuntary admissions and democratization of access to care: Walking a tight rope) [Video]

Chair: Sunita Sheel Bandewar, (Director, HEaL Institute, FMES, Mumbai, and Founding Trustee, Vidhayak Trust, Pune) [Video]

Session 3 | Is participatory research in mental health truly participatory?

Panel Discussion 1 | Speakers for individual themes:

Audrey Prost [Video], Crick Lund [Video], Kaaren Mathias [Video]

Moderator: Rahul Shidhaye (Board Directors, WACP) [Video]

Session 4 | Research consent in vulnerable populations with compromised capacity

Panel Discussion 1 | Speakers for individual themes:

  • Hanna Negussie Abnet (Project Coordinator, SPARK) [Video]
  • Anant Bhan (Principal Investigator, Sangath, Bhopal) [Video]
  • Chetna Duggal (Associate Professor, TISS, Mumbai) [Video]

Moderator: Sunita Simon Kurpad [Video]

Session 5 | Equity and diversity in global health research: countering imperialism

Keynote: Speaker: Gita Sen [Video]

Chairperson: Abhijeet Nadkarni [Video]



Presentations: Day 3

Opening remarks: Sunita Sheel Bandewar, General Secretary, Forum for Medical Ethics Society,

KV Kishore Kumar, Director, The Banyan and BALM [Video]

Session 1 | Person-centered approaches towards Community Mental Health


  • Godfrey Kagaayi – GMHPN, Uganda [Theme: Community care planning for persons with HIV] [Video]
  • Sridhar Vaitheeswaran – SCARF, Chennai [Theme: Community care planning for the elderly] [Video]
  • Chitra Venkateswaran – MEHAC, Kerala [Theme: Working with panchayats towards PPPs for persons with mental health issues] [Video]
  • Ufra Mir – Peace Psychologist, International Centre for Peace Psychology, Kashmir [Video]
  • Preeti Mathew and Satya Pillai – Rainbow Homes [Theme: Street children, community care and mental health] [Video]

Moderator: Alok Sarin – Sitaram Bhartia Institute, New Delhi [Video]


Session 2: Community-Centred Mental Healthcare: Struggles and Challenges, A Forum Theatre performance by Radha Ramaswamy [Video]


Session 3: Mental Health Training and Pedagogy – What should the next few years look like?


  • Sanjeev Jain – NIMHANS, Bangalore and BALM, Chennai [Theme: Training for Case management towards person-centered and equity-based care] [Video]
  • Tabassum Amina – BRAC University, Bangladesh [Theme: Humanitarian Play Labs and Children’s Education] [Video]
  • Barbara Regeer – Vrije Universeteit, Amsterdam [Theme: Transdisciplinarity in Mental Health Pedagogy] [Video]
  • Ashique Selim and Rubina Jahan - Sajida Foundation [Video]
  • Poorna Chandrika – Institute for Mental Health [Video]

Moderator: Amar Jesani – Editor, Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, Mumbai [Video]

  • Harsh Mander – Centre for Equity Studies [Theme: Homelessness and Severe mental illness] [Video]

Rapporteurs team presentation: Recap of Day 1 & Day 2 [Video]

Plenary Session 4: Valedictory Lecture and Closing Remarks

  • K. Sujatha Rao – Former Union Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, and Takemi Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health [Video]
  • Ramesh K S – Deputy Director, BALM [Video]