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Takeaways from the 2022 WHO World Mental Health Report

The World Health Organization has published the 2022 World Mental Health Report: Transforming Mental Health for All. First published by the WHO in 2001, this report covers an overview of global mental health, a framework for beneficial change, and a structure for scaling up care.

Based on data from 2019, here are some highlights from the report –

  • 970 million people worldwide (13% of total population) live with mental disorders, 52.4% women, 47.6% males
  • Anxiety disorders (31.0%) and depressive disorders (28.9%) make up nearly 60% of all mental disorders.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for an increase in major depressive (28%)  and anxiety disorders (26%).
  • Suicide accounts for 1 in every 100 deaths globally.
  • Most mental health funding is focused on basic research rather than treatment or health services.
  • A model network of community-based mental health services includes psychological counseling, workplace health services, outreach services, day care, and peer support services.

This Just In: Outer Space Law

Outer Space Law, edited by Yanal Abul Failat and Anél Ferreira-Snyman, is now in its second edition. The book is aimed at readers looking for a single title to understand the key issues relevant to space law, but also the practical application of those issues. The involvement of private actors has given rise to a number of new legal issues, including questions pertaining to liability, insurance, space debris, human rights and property rights in space. The second edition has updated all the existing chapters and several new chapters have been added including:

  • The regulation of satellite navigation systems and satellite constellations
  • The application of human rights in outer space settlements
  • The exploration and colonization of outer space
  • Planetary protection

If interested in the topic of Space Law, be sure to check out C|M|LAW’s Global Space Law Center website. Professor Mark Sundahl is the Director of C|M|LAW’s Space Law program. Also, don’t forget about C|M|LAW Library’s Space Law Research Guide.

WHO and U.S. Government Responses to Omicron

The World Health Organization (WHO) designated the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529, named Omicron, as a Variant of Concern (VOC) on 11/26/2021.  WHO has asked countries to enhance surveillance and sequencing efforts, submit complete genome sequences and associated metadata to a publicly available database (eg, GISAID), report initial cases/clusters associated with VOC infection to WHO through the IHR mechanism, and, where capacity exists, perform field investigations and laboratory assessments to improve understanding of the potential impacts of the VOC.  Also on 11/26/2021, President Biden issued a Proclamation suspending entry into the U.S. of noncitizens physically present within eight Southern African countries during the 14-day period preceding their entry.  Entry was allowed for citizens, lawful permanent residents, and certain family members if they met specified exceptions detailed in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Assessment.  Future international travel to and from the U.S. will continue to be regulated by CDC guidance.  The CDC has also issued a media statement on Omicron, stressing the importance of following prevention strategies and getting fully vaccinated.

Brush Up Research Skills with Law Library Legal Research Seminars

Law Library Legal Research Seminar LogoThe Fall semester is in full swing, and many of you may be grappling with significant research projects for the first time.  The C|M|Law Library provides numerous Legal Research Seminars to help you get up to speed.  Our Legal Research Seminars are available online as a “Course” on the Westlaw TWEN platform.  [Connect to TWEN, select Manage Courses – Add Course, then select “C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars.”]  Our Legal Research Seminars cover Lexis and Westlaw resources, effective searching on Lexis and Westlaw, Bluebooking, Administrative Law, Legislative History, Family Law, Foreign Law, HeinOnline resources, Research on the Web, Law Library Study Aids, and the Scholar Catalog.  C|M|Law students may also complete the quiz accompanying each Legal Research Seminar to earn points.  When you earn 100 points, you are awarded a “Legal Research Letter of Recognition” and a Digital Badge, which you can share on social networks, blogs, and websites.  For more information on the C|M|Law Library Legal Research Seminars, contact

Space Law Center At C|M|LAW

C|M|LAW’s Global Space Law Center (GSLC), directed by Professor Mark Sundahl, is dedicated to the study of space law and training next-generation space lawyers. GSLC is the only law school center in the nation focused on the law of outer space. Space law is made up of a variety of international agreements, treaties, conventions, and United Nations General Assembly resolutions—as well as rules and regulations of international organizations. These documents address numerous issues such as settling disputes, liability for damages caused by space objects, preserving space and Earth environments, and the use of space-related technologies. Read the STARLAW Blog’s new post to learn more about the Center’s work.

The Law Library has numerous resources available on Space Law, such as The Politics and Perils of Space Exploration and The Handbook of Space LawJournals on the topic include Air and Space Law and Journal of Space Law. The McGill Institute of Air and Space Law Publications are available through our HeinOnline subscription, which includes the complete Annals of Air and Space Law along with fifty additional titles.

Our Space Law Research Guide is a great place to start for anyone interested in the topic.