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Women’s College Hospital on the United Nations stage

November 2013

Dr. Catharine Classen On October 10, 2013, Dr. Catharine Classen was invited to speak at an event organized by the United Nations Non-Governmental Organization Committee on Mental Health. The event was held in commemoration of World Mental Health Day, and experts and representatives from around the world convened to discuss mental health strategies.

Classen, a senior scientist and director of the Women’s Mental Health Research Program at Women’s College Research Institute, spoke about the importance of trauma-informed care within our health care system. She addressed the need for greater awareness about adversity in childhood and its long-term effects.

“One in three people have a history of childhood neglect or abuse – it’s a global problem with long-term mental and physical health consequences,” says Classen. “I hope that my audience at the meeting understood that we must educate health providers about how to provide trauma-informed care, so that trauma survivors feel more safe and are better able to benefit from the health services they are offered. This will have a global impact on the health and well-being of communities.”

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