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ONE HEALTH INCLUDES MENTAL HEALTH by H. Steven Moffic, MD, DLFAPA - Friday, December 28, 2018

ONE HEALTH INCLUDES MENTAL HEALTH

“In the middle of the past century, Dr. Brock Chisholm [https://www.who.int/dg/chisholm/chisholm/en/], who was the first Director-General of the World Health Association (WHO), famously stated that “without mental health there can be no true physical health”. With that truism, as a psychiatrist, I strongly endorse the philosophy and action of the One Health Initiative. There can only be mutual benefits between One Health and the various Mental Health disciplines. In my personal work on addressing climate instability, the high suicide rate of veterinarians, and the escalating mental health problems all over the world, I view One Health as the only organization I know of that is tying together all the components necessary for the well-being of our planet and all its inhabitants.”

*H. Steven Moffic, M.D., DLFAPA

Over his decades long career as a psychiatrist, *Dr. H. Steven Moffic has received numerous awards for his administrative, clinical, educational, and ethical work. Among them, in 2002 Dr. Moffic was awarded the one-time designate as a Hero of Public Psychiatry by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) [https://www.psychiatry.org/]. In 2016, he received the intermittently given Administrative Psychiatry (APA) Award from the APA and the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators (AAPA) [http://www.psychiatricadministrators.org/]. At the turn of the new millennium, he was elected President of the American Association for Social Psychiatry (AASP) [https://www.socialpsychiatry.org/]. Recently, Dr. Moffic formed the informal Psychiatrists for Environmental Action and Knowledge (PEAK), which morphed into the formal Climate Psychiatry Alliance (CPA) [https://www.climatepsychiatry.org/]. He is a prolific writer and speaker on a multitude of topics.


 
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