5th Global Mental Health Summit 2018

Leaving No One Behind – 5th Global Mental Health Summit


Since the establishment of the MGMH, a biannual Summit had been hosted - the first in Athens in 2009, the second in Cape Town in 2011, the third in Bangkok in 2013 and the 4th in Mumbai in 2015. The 5th Summit is planned to be hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa in from 8-9 February 2018.

 

The Global Mental Health Summit is a biennial conclave of people from across the globe who are passionate about mental health, who come together to share experiences and innovations, discuss the needs and upscaling of mental health services, identify opportunities to overcome challenges that impact on the lives and human rights of persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities. The ultimate aim of the Summit is to set service intervention and policy targets deriving from the agenda topics.

 

The focus of the 5th Global Mental Health Summit, themed “Leaving No One Behind” as per the aspiration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aligns the Summit agenda with the SDGs and emphasize that mental health forms a vital component in achieving the SDGs. The aim further is to bring to the forefront the voices of persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities and establish their role as key partners in mental health but also in achieving the goals set out in the SDGs.


The 2-day agenda of the Summit will be focusing on themes of the SDGs and what that means for global mental health and human rights going forward, and feature testimonials of persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities (perspective from lived experience), from various geographical backgrounds. Mental health care users/ persons with lived experience will have a strong representation on the agenda along with experts in the field of global mental health and human rights, leading discussions in various panels.

 

The strong representation of mental health care users/ persons with lived experience at the Summit speaks to “leaving no one behind” as per the aspiration of the Sustainable Development Goals and to “nothing about us, without us” which is the slogan used in the disability rights movement. Globally, the voice of mental health care users/ persons with lived experience are often silenced or excluded from discussion that impact on their lives. The Summit creates a platform that acknowledge and value the voice of mental health care users/ persons with lived experience.

 

The panel themes include:

  • Persons with Lived Experience – the key partners in mental health and sustainable development
  • Value of research to advance the social movement – the role of persons with lived experience in research
  • Overcoming poverty through quality education and decent work and economic growth
  • Changing the culture around mental health, mental disorders and emotional wellbeing
  • Getting “creative and innovative” to achieve recovery and mental wellbeing
  • Infants, toddlers and young children - affording them mental health and wellbeing
  • Empowering the youth to play a role in achieving the SDGs
  • Not forgetting the vulnerable groups
  • Deinstitutionalisation and community integration – a human right
  • Civil society's role in achieving the SDGs
  • Social movements giving a voice to persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities.

 

An exciting event that will take place at the Summit is the official launch of the Global Mental Health Peer Network.

Poster presentations on the various topics will present a broader sharing of information.

 

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