Doctors Without Borders/Médicins Sans Frontières Receives 2017 Pardes Humanitarian Prize In Mental Health
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New York (November 1, 2017)— The Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health was presented to the international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a ceremony in New York on Friday, October 27. The award presentation took place at the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s International Awards Dinner and 30th Anniversary Celebration. MSF was recognized for its visionary and pioneering work providing mental health care to people facing crises across the globe.
The award was presented by Dr. Herbert Pardes, President of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s Scientific Council and Executive Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of NewYork-Presbyterian. Dr. Pardes said, “Doctors Without Borders’ transformative work providing mental health care as an integrated component of medical aid during natural and man-made emergencies and chronic crises has had a lasting and profound impact on individuals, families and the global community.”
Accepting the award on behalf of MSF was Jason Cone, Executive Director MSF-USA.
He said, “We are grateful for this recognition from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. It is our hope that this award will shine a light on the immense mental health needs faced by people dealing with the scars of war and conflict, forced migration, sexual violence, the isolation of psychiatric disorders and the stigma of devastating diagnoses, such as HIV and tuberculosis.”
The Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health, awarded annually, recognizes a person or organization whose extraordinary contribution has made a profound and lasting impact by improving the lives of people suffering from mental illness and advancing the understanding of mental health. It focuses public attention on the burden mental illness places on individuals and society and the urgent need to expand mental health services globally.