B11 - Combatting the mental and behavioural health crisis — the path forward



Dr Sarira El-Den (Australia)


Mental health includes individuals’ emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Undoubtedly, the current pandemic has impacted the mental health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities around the world. This has placed a huge strain on health systems and their ability to deliver mental health care. Fundamental to the psychosocial crises that the pandemic has heightened, is how pharmacists working in different settings responded, planned, and learnt along the way in the provision of mental health services to the public. Mental health and wellbeing of the public in the fluid context of COVID-19 remains a challenge, and in this session, speakers will explore ways to pave the way ahead.


16:00 – 16:10      Introduction by the chair 
16:10 – 16:35


The integration of pharmacists’ in mental health care: Triumphs and challenges
Dr Amal Akour United Arab Emirates University, UAE

16:35 – 17:00


Bidirectional feedback between students and academics: promoting better mental health and resilience during pandemic
Prof. Ilkay Alp Yildirim, Istanbul University, Turkey

17:00 – 17.20   Panel discussion and Q&A 
17:20 – 17:30


Conclusion by the chair 

Learning Objectives

  1. To discuss the psychological impact, mental health and wellbeing of the public in the context on an ongoing pandemic. 
  2. To describe the various services offered by pharmacists to members of the public in the area of mental health. 
  3. To familiarize the audience with the tools and resources available for pharmacists to improve the mental health of their patients and consumers.
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