Welcome to the Congress
Dear colleagues and friends!
I am very honoured to take part in the Congress on Mental Health in the Russian Federation, which is aimed at addressing mental health on a broad and holistic basis. I am convinced that the idea of the Russian Union for Mental Health, the organizer of this important forum, to bring together the visions and efforts of medical doctors, policy-makers, health programme administrators and international experts will generate new and creative synergies to respond to the growing challenge of poor mental health across the world.
The topic of mental health at the workplace is an important priority on the agenda of the International Social Security Association (ISSA). The scale of the challenge cannot be underestimated. Research indicates that one in four working-age individuals will experience some kind of mental health problems at any given moment, which has wide repercussions on the individual, organizational and wider societal level. The multiple health, economic and societal consequences of this situation affect every level of society.
The ISSA, in response to the need for a more holistic understanding of health in the society, where mental health presents one of the key factors for individual and collective efficiency, has developed a three-dimensional prevention approach, linking occupational risk management, health promotion and return-to-work measures. This approach connects the well-being, productivity and health of persons.
Since social security institutions in many countries are responsible for the compensation of work-related accidents and diseases, including rehabilitation, their main strategic interest should be to contribute to a safe working environment and healthy workforce, protecting and promoting workplace health. To support its members in more than 150 countries, the ISSA has developed a set of internationally-recognized guidelines and professional standards in social security administration, addressing key areas relevant to workers’ health, which are in line with the three-dimensional approach to health: prevention of occupational risks, workplace health promotion and return to work and reintegration.
Considering the growing importance of mental health at the workplace as an integral part of the individual’s health and its impact on all spheres of society, I believe that equivalent standards may be developed in response to problems caused by stress, burn-out, harassment and other factors closely related to the working environment. The focus of this endeavour should be given to psychosocial risk prevention, mental health promotion and management of mental health conditions.
It is a great satisfaction to see your Congress becoming a true global forum for mental health. In this way, we can achieve the best outcome for the people of our countries and fully realize the need to deal with this challenge together.
I look forward to participating in the debates and I wish to take this occasion to convey greetings and best wishes for success to the participants of the Congress on behalf of the ISSA members in more than 150 countries.
Finally, I would like to thank the Russian Union for Mental Health for inviting the International Social Security Association to contribute to this outstanding event.
International Social Security Association
The Secretary General of the International Social Security Association (ISSA)
Dr. Oleg P. Chestnov
Assistant Director–General on Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health of the World Health Organization
Prof. Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
Secretary General of the World Psychiatric Association (2014-2020), President Elect of the World Association of Social Psychiatry
Vitaliy V. Rubtsov
Rector of the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education (MSUPE), President of the Federation of Russian Educational Psychologists, Ph.D. in Psychology
Zurab I. Kekelidze
Director General of the V. Serbsky Federal Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, anesthesiologist, psychologist, Doctor of Medicine, Professor, Honored Doctor
Dr. Bonnie Kirsh
Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (University of Toronto)
Dr. Judy Kuriansky
Clinical Psychologist, Professor at Columbia University Teachers College, United Nations Representative of the World Council of Psychologists (WCP), author and journalist
Nikita S. Mikhalkov
President of the Russian Cultural Fund, Chairman of the Union of Cinematographers of Russia, People's Artist of RSFSR, Honorary Member of Russian Academy of Arts
Russian rapper, composer, TV and radio presenter, actor, scriptwriter, film director and producer
Dr. Gordana Milavic
MD., F.R.C.Psych., Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Co-Chair of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section of the WPA
Natalia V. Parshikova
State Secretary-Deputy Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation, Doctor of Education, Professor
Alexey S. Akindinov
Regional General Manager of AZIMUT Hotel Olympic Moscow & AZIMUT Hotel Tulskaya Moscow
Vladimir D. Mendelevich
Director of Institute for Research of Problems of Mental Health, WHO-expert, MD, Professor
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gaebel
President of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA), M.D., Professor of Psychiatry
Nikolay G. Neznanov
President of the Russian Society of Psychiatrists, Director St.Petersburg V.M. Bekhterev Psychoneurological Research Institute, President World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry (WADP), MD, Professor
Dr. Mohammad Khodayarifard., Ph. D.
Vice-president of the World Council for Psychotherapy, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Education, The University of Tehran
Dr. Edward Chan
President of the Asian Federation of Psychotherapy (AFP), President of the Malaysian Association of Psychotherapy (MAP)
Darlyne G. Nemeth
Co-Secretary General of the World Council for Psychotherapy, Member of the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives, Ph.D., M.P., M.P.A.P.
President of Brazilian Association of Psychotherapy – ABRAP, President of Latin-American Federation of Psychotherapy - FLAPSI
Prof. Dr. Ganesh Shankar
President of the World Council for psychotherapy (Asian Chapter), Founder President of the Asian Federation for Psychotherapy (AFP), Hon. Gen. Secretary of Yoga&Psychotherapy Association of India, Ph.D , D.Litt. (Yoga Psychotherapy)
Prof. Alfred Pritz
President of the World Council for Psychotherapy, General secretary of the European Association for Psychotherapy, Ph.D in Psychopathology and Pedagogics, Rector of the Sigmund Freud University, Vienna
Professor psychoanalyst, Rector of the Sigmund Freud University Paris, Executive member of the World Council for Psychotherapy and the European Association for Psychotherapy, Vice President of European Confederation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Yuri P. Zinchenko
President of the Russian Psychological Society, Dean of the Department of Psychology at Moscow State University, Psy.D., Professor
Viktor V. Makarov
President of the Russian professional psychotherapeutic league of Russia, Vice-President of the World Council for Psychotherapy, MD, Professor