Nothing About Us, Without Us - Voices from the Global South

28th-29th November 2015

The Movement for Global Mental Health (MGMH), in partnership with The Banyan, The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM), The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) are delighted to announce the fourth Global Mental Health Summit to be held at the TISS Campus in Mumbai, India on the 28th and 29th of November 2015.

The Global Mental Health Summit is a biennial conclave of people passionate about mental health from across the world, who come together to share experiences, discuss problems related to access to care, and set programmatic and policy targets that address issues of mental health care delivery in low resource settings.

The focus of this year’s Global Health Summit, themed “Nothing About Us, Without Us”, will be driven mainly by persons living with mental health issues from different social, cultural and educational ecosystems. The aim is to bring to the forefront voices of individuals from marginalized backgrounds, those who are rarely represented in discussions related to the mental health agenda. Some of these individuals would include clients from The Banyan belonging to different rural and urban pockets in India, and people whose lives have been impacted by mental health issues, from across the world, who may or may not be users of mental health services. At a time when institutional and community care, the biopsychosocial model of mental health care, and notions of human rights are undergoing a paradigm shift, it becomes critical for voices of those in the margins experiencing complex realities to be heard, and interventions planned in accordance with their multidimensional needs.

Please find the agenda attached.

Vikram Patel talks on the dark side of mental institutions

With great honor and pleasure we invite all to the 1st World NCD Congress 2017, to be held in City beautiful Chandigarh, India from November 4-6, 2017.

The 1st World NCD Congress 2017 promises to attract experts and champions working in the field of NCD control from around the world.The congress will showcase a cutting-edge educational and scientific experience, focusing on the latest developments in NCD detection, prevention, management, and surveillance with a special focus on implementation sciences.

The theme of the Congress, "Preventing Non-Communicable Diseases: Realizing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" is contemporary and relevant keeping in view SDGs to be achieved by 2030. The Congress is jointly organized by "The World NCD Federation" & "Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER)", Chandigarh, which is national center of medical excellence in India.

1st World NCD Congress 2017 provides a professional platform to understand different perspectives and develop new ideas of Non-Communicable Diseases at a global level. The scientific program of the Congress includes symposia, workshops, invited lectures, plenary sessions, oral papers and posters.

The conference time in the first week of November is expected to have the most comfortable weather with a slight chill in morning and night. We promise you a feast of scientific, academic, and social interactions with enough scope to take time out to enjoy the serene beauty of Chandigarh and the surroundings. Chandigarh is famous for its beautiful backdrop of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas, clean atmosphere, geometric plan with wide roads, abundant greenery and floral beauty, rightly earning the names, the City Beautiful and the City of Roses. It is also the tourist hub with the famous Rock Garden, Rose Garden, the Sukhna Lake within the city and Timber Trail, Morni Hills, Mughal Gardens in Pinjore, Renukaji and famous hill stations like Kasauli, Shimla, Chail and Dharamshala in Himalayan range within few hours reach.

Sangath is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation committed to improving health across the lifespan by empowering existing community resources to provide appropriate physical, psychological and social therapies. Its primary focus areas include child development, adolescent and youth health, and mental health and chronic disease.


PANAJI: Eminent psychiatrist and co-founder of Goa based mental health research institute Sangath, Dr Vikram Patel has been awarded the 2016 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health by the New York based Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation for his transformative work in advancing mental health care in resource-poor counties.

The 2016 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health annually recognizes individuals who have contributed to mental health and who have improved the lives of people suffering from mental illness. The prize's honorarium of $3,00,000 will be presented to the awardees on Friday, October 28, in New York City.

Patel who will be attending the award ceremony along with his wife says he is honored and humbled and will accept the award on behalf of the millions struggling with mental illness, majority of whom live in the developing world and have limited access to appropriate mental health care. "I pledge to redouble my efforts to address the burden of mental health problems globally, especially amongst those who are socially disadvantaged or living in low resource settings," he says.

In 2015 Patel was recognized by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and he has been addressing the void of mental health care in developing countries as well as the grave shortage of psychologists and psychiatrists. A vocal advocate for the development of mental health services in these countries, he promotes practical solutions to improving mental health care by teaching ordinary people to deliver front-line mental health care to make up for the lack of care for people with mental illness.

Charles F Reynolds has been awarded for his pioneering work in geriatric psychiatry and the prevention and treatment of late-life depression and the late Senator Edward M Kennedy has been given an honorary tribute for his powerful and unwavering commitment to advocating on behalf of people with mental illness.