Laurience Kirmayer – Mental Health Promotion, Suicide Prevention and Strengthening Resilience among Indigenous Youth
Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS, FRSC is James McGill Professor and Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University and Co- director of the McGill Global Mental Health Program. He is Editor-in-Chief of Transcultural Psychiatry, and Director of the Culture & Mental Health Research Unit at the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, where he conducts research on: culturally based, family centered mental health promotion for Indigenous youth; the use of cultural formulation in cultural consultation; and the place of culture in global mental health. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Social Sciences). He leads a CIHR Suicide Prevention Implementation Research Team and Suicide Prevention.
Like other population-level crises and disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic will have short- and long-term impacts on the mental health and psychosocial well-being of individuals and