Per Fugelli lecture 2020

“Thrown Under the Bus: reimagining youth mental health in the pandemic era” – Open Lecture by Vikram Patel on global mental health in the pandemic.

This lecture will address three major themes: the high and rising burden of mental health problems in young people; the social determinants of mental health problems in young people and  how these have been impacted by the Covid pandemic and other structural factors; and how global health innovations in low-resource settings can help reimagine the response in all countries. 

Zoom link to seminar here



16:00-16:05 Welcome by Vice Principal at UiO Per Morten Sandset
16:05-16:10 Introduction to Per Fugelli Lecture (Espen Bjertness)
16:10-16:55     “Thrown Under the Bus: reimagining youth mental health in the pandemic era”: Vikram Patel

Mental health and the young - Roundtable discussion with students and Vikram Patel, chaired by John Arne Røttingen. Student participants: Emma Lengle, Thea Røstbakken, David Teigen, Bendik Sparre Hovet

Moderator: Anne Kveim Lie.

More about Professor Vikram Patel

Image may contain: Person, Moustache, Facial hair, Chin, Forehead.Vikram Patel is The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the Harvard Medical School. He co-leads the GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard initiative. His work has focused on the burden of mental health problems, their association with social disadvantage, and the use of community resources for their prevention and treatment. He is a co-founder of the Movement for Global Mental Health, the Centre for Global Mental Health (at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), the Mental Health Innovations Network, and Sangath, an Indian NGO which won the WHO Public Health Champion of India prize. He is a Fellow of the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences and has served on the Committee which drafted India’s first National Mental Health Policy and the WHO High Level Independent Commission for NCDs. He has been awarded the Chalmers Medal, the Sarnat Prize, the Pardes Humanitarian Prize, an Honorary OBE and the John Dirk Canada Gairdner Award in Global Health. He was listed in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential persons of the year in 2015.

About Per Fugelli (1943- 2017)

As a general practitioner, Per Fugelli was an independent critic of his own profession for many years. He opposed the bureaucratisation of Norwegian health care institutions. Fugelli took a humanistic approach to health and social policy, focussing on the entire individual. He showed that the best "social medicine" is to build up and share dignity with vulnerable groups such as ethnic minorities, the poor and those who are physically challenged.

Through countless lectures and fearless participation in a large number of important debates, he was a prominent contributor to Norway's public space fora for a long time. He was awarded The Freedom of Expression Prize 2013

The Patient Earth

The topic of this seminar is based on an article from 1993: In search of a global social medicine (pdf) . After publishing the article, Fugelli and a group of students established a forum called "The Patient Earth". The forum inspired students and researchers at the Faculty of Medicine to focus on global health.

Event Committee

  • Espen Bjertness
  • John-Arne Røttingen
  • Anne Kveim Lie


Department of Community Medicine and Global Health


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Published Nov. 13, 2020 1:09 PM - Last modified Nov. 24, 2021 12:42 PM