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GMH-Map, Kelly O'Donnell

Global Integration 3: Global Mental Health--Reflections on Past, Present, and Future
Friday 12 December 12noon-13:00 ET
Join us for an hour interview with Dr. Richard Mollica, a pioneer in global mental health (GMH) and trauma care (Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma), as he reflects on the growing domain of GMH--past milestones, current developments/challenges, and future directions. Dr. Mollica will also share about the 2004 GMH Action Plan (emphasizing recovery in conflict and post-conflict countries) along with his GMH text book and his recent manifesto Healing a Violent World. There will be time to write or ask questions. This interactive webinar is moderated by Dr. Kelly O'Donnell and Dr. Michèle Lewis O'Donnell and is organized by GMH-Map, a special project of Member Care Associates to further orient colleagues across sectors to GMH. To register, contact us with your name/affiliation: mcaresources@gmail.com

Note: there will be an audio/powerpoint recording available online after this event:
http://membercareassociates.org/?page_id=865 

Giuseppe Raviola

Giuseppe "Bepi" Raviola is a psychiatrist with Partners In Health, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital, working to integrate mental health services into global health care efforts.

"Did you know that in 15 years depression alone will be the number one cause of disability globally, above heart disease, cancer and HIV?"

Sangath Centre

"Our Stories"-Living and coping with Schizophrenia in India. The Community Care fOr People with Schizophrenia in India (COPSI) study. In Chennai (www.sangath.com)

Sangath Centre

"Our Stories"-Living and coping with Schizophrenia in India. The Community Care fOr People with Schizophrenia in India (COPSI) study. (www.sangath.com)

A recent study estimates that more than 170 million Chinese suffer from a mental disorder.
Listen to the the leaders of Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health talk about why this global mental health is a critical issue.
Personal story of Buyisa's experience with depression, Khayelitsha, South Africa

Journal

Cambridge University Press

Launch early 2015: Global Mental Health, new open access journal from Cambridge University Press; "aims to publish papers that apply the global point of view to mental health research...seeks to cultivate the emerging field of [GMH], and to provide a forum for the publication of the new perspectives and paradigms developing from it." Four categories of papers to be included: Interventions, Etiology, Policy and Systems, Training and Learning.  http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=GMH

Information from the GMH-Map website
https://sites.google.com/site/gmhmap/ 


Julian Eaton1*, Ritsuko Kakuma2, Alexandra Wright2 and Harry Minas

The Millennium Development Goals have guided development co-operation in the 15 years up to 2015, achieving some significant progress in the priorities on which they focused. As the framework for the post-2015 development agenda is negotiated, this article reviews the evidence for the place of mental health in broader development issues that have already been outlined in the run-up to 2015.

Discussion

If mental health is going to be recognised as having an essential role in development, there needs to be a consensus on priorities for advocacy. Various key issues emerged from a survey of stakeholders in the Movement for Global Mental Health (MGMH), leading to a Position Statement, which is now available for use by advocates. The priorities that emerged were increasing access to mental health services, and addressing human rights abuse, stigma, and exclusion.

Summary

Mental health is a cross-cutting issue, and including it in frameworks for action will increase the likelihood of achieving global priorities for development such as poverty reduction, economic development, improved health, and ensuring the most vulnerable in society are not left behind.

G. Thornicroft and M. Tansella

We have recently argued, based upon a thorough review of the literature, that in low, middle and high income countries and settings a balance is required between investment in community-based and hospitalbased mental health services (Thornicroft & Tansella,2009, 2013a, b, Thornicroft et al. 2013, 2011a, 2011b). Is this view supported by leading mental health experts  working in those low-income settings, where over three-quarters of the world’s population lives? In this issue of Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, two papers examine this proposition both from the perspective of clinicians and as researchers.

R. Thara, S. John and S. Chatterjee

The dearth of trained mental health professionals and the huge gap in providing accessible services in many low- and

middle-income countries have led to the identification of alternate providers of care in these countries. Community

mental health teams seem to fill this lacuna in some of these places. This editorial addresses issues of the need for

such teams, their composition, responsibilities and limitations. With adequate training, these teams are able to carry

out a broad array of tasks such a case identification, referrals, elementary counselling, family support and psychosocial

interventions. While these teams are generally found to be enthusiastic, they require periodic monitoring and support

with which they can well be a critical element of the mental health care team.

F. Kigozi* and J. Ssebunnya

Mental health care is receiving increased attention in low-income countries with the availability of a wide range

of effective evidence-based treatments for acute and chronic mental disorders amidst scarce resources. Availability of

these treatments and competent human resources enables the use of a variety of interventions at several levels of

care for persons with mental illness and makes it feasible to ensure observance of quality in the treatment approaches

that go beyond institutionalisation. However, unlike developed countries which are endowed with many and relatively

well-paid mental health specialists, low-income countries face a dire shortage of highly trained mental health professionals

in addition to several other challenges. In light of this, there is need to re-assess the role of the few available

psychiatrists, with a shift to new core tasks such as designing mental health care programmes that can be delivered

by non-specialists, building their health system’s capacity for delivering care, including supporting front-line health

workers through support supervision, raising awareness on mental health and patients’ rights in addition to promoting

essential research. This requires a fundamental paradigm shift from the current training for mental health specialists to a

public health oriented approach and providing incentives for community engagement

Catholic Health Association of the United States

Just Posted: Mental Health: Breaking Down Barriers (10 articles). This is the special theme of the March-April 2013 issue of Health Progress (Volume 94, number 2, Catholic Health Association of the United States).

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Note from Kelly O'Donnell:

One of the side events at the WHO World Health Assembly this week was Promoting Global Mental Health: The Role of Public, Private, and Non-Profit Sectors. It was excellent and was organised by the Public Health Agency of Canada. One of the resources mentioned in the presentation on the role of faith-based organisations was the March-April 2013 issue of Health Progress (Volume 94, number 2). The special theme was Mental Health: Breaking Down Barriers (10 articles).
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Furthermore, one of the articles in this special issue is Global Mental Health and Well-Being: Best Practices from U.S. Catholic Health Care by ROBIN CONTINO, LCSW-C, SHANNON SENEFELD, Psy.D. AND KATIE JANUARIO. A helpful feature of this brief article is that it discusses the Global (Comprehensive) Mental Health Acton Plan (which at the time of writing was still in its draft stage) with regards to how it is being applied/referenced, I think many of us can follow suit too in terms of describing our MH work in terms of the Action Plan.

Click the link below to read the article (lower part of the landing page)

Thinking Globally--Mental Illness: The Burden of an Unrecognized Illness

Article

Vikram Patel, Graham Thornicroft

The United Nations will soon decide what will follow its millennium development goals, which expire in 2015. The case for including mental health among the new sustainable development goals is compelling, both because it cuts across most of the suggested new goals and because of the unmet needs of the 450 million people in the world with mental illness.1

Kelly O'Donnell
GMH: Strategies for Staying Updated, Kelly O'Donnell, Psychology International, March 2014, Vol. 25, No. 1
This brief article identifies seven “GMH flows” that are important for getting updated and staying updated in GMH. It also includes relevant updates from other sectors–health, humanitarian, development, economic. Click here for full version of the article on the GMH-Map website (the full version is also attached here on the MGMH website). Note that this March 2014 issue of Psychology International has many articles related to GMH/international psychology. 
Richard Horton, The Lancet

The Lancet, Volume 382, Issue 9888, Page 192, 20 July 2013
doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)61573-1

Offline: Four principles of social medicine

Although officially classed as an upper-middle-income country, the American embargo against Cuba continues, punishing not only a government but also an entire people. (Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states that “No persons may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties…are prohibited.”) The Cuban Assets Control Regulations were established 50 years ago this month (on July 8, 1963) under the US Trading With The Enemy Act. It is a violation of those regulations if an American citizen travels to Cuba, engages in any kind of trade with Cuba, or even brings back goods of Cuban origin. There is a complex bureaucracy around the supply of medical products, which limits their supply and use. 50 years of trying to hurt 11 million people enough to encourage an insurrection to overthrow their government has taken its toll. Infrastructure in Cuba is fragile. Incomes are low. The Castro regime—Fidel or Raul, it is the same party that has been in power since the Revolution of 1959—is struggling to open up an economy without suffering the depredations that plunged its one-time banker, the Soviet Union, into criminal mayhem. (When the Soviet Union imploded, the GDP of Cuba collapsed by a third within 24 hours, a moment Cubans, with seemingly wry humour, call the “Special Period”.) Yet, despite Cuba's problems, there are few public protests. The government does not fire rubber bullets at its citizens. It does not need tear gas. Why? Could it at least partly be thanks to universal health coverage?
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Jonathan Campion, Dinesh Bhugra, Sue Bailey, Michael Marmot
The Lancet, Volume 382, Issue 9888, Pages 183 - 184, 20 July 2013
Jonathan CampionDinesh BhugraSue BaileyMichael Marmot 

Socioeconomic inequalities are associated with increased risk of mental disorders in two ways. First, more pronounced income inequality within wealthy countries is associated with increased prevalence of mental disorders. 
Second, the degree of socioeconomic disadvantage that people experience is associated with proportionately increased risk of developing a mental disorder. 
Mental disorders can then lead to a range of further inequalities that compound the disadvantage associated with low...
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Becker, A. & Kleinman, A.

When the World Health Organization (WHO) European Ministerial Conference on Mental Health endorsed the statement “No health without mental health” in 2005,1 it spoke to the intrinsic — and indispensable — role of mental health care in health care writ large. Yet mental health has long been treated in ways that reflect the opposite of that sentiment. This historical divide — in practice and in policy — between physical health and mental health has in turn perpetuated large gaps in resources across economic, social, and scientific domains. The upshot is a global tragedy: a legacy of the neglect and marginalization of mental health.2 The scale of the global impact of mental illness is substantial, with mental illness constituting an estimated 7.4% of the world's measurable burden of disease.3 The lack of access to mental health services of good quality is profound in populations with limited resources, for whom numerous social hazards exacerbate vulnerability to poor health. The human toll of mental disorders is further compounded by collateral adverse effects on health and social well-being, including exposure to stigma and human rights abuses, forestallment of educational and social opportunities, and entry into a pernicious cycle of social disenfranchisement and poverty.4,5 Advances in efforts to alleviate the human and social costs of mental disorders have been both too slow and too few.

Michael R. Phillips, M.D., M.P.H.; Hanhui Chen, M.D., Ph.D.; Kate Diesfeld, J.D.; Bin Xie, M.D.; Hui G. Cheng, Ph.D.; Graham Mellsop, M.D.; Xiehe Liu, M.D.

Am J Psychiatry 2013;170:588-591. 10.1176/appi.ajp.2013.12121559

After 27 years of often contentious debate, China’s first national mental health legislation was adopted by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on October 26, 2012, with the law taking effect on May 1, 2013 (1). Over the coming decades, this wide-ranging law will fundamentally transform the provision of mental health services in China.

How has this law come into being? From 1985 through 1999, 10 proposed versions of the law were primarily debated in academic circles, spearheaded by the efforts of Professor Xiehe Liu (2). After 1999, the responsibility for the development of the law was taken over by the Ministry of Health. Over the next decade, several large municipalities around the country adopted their own mental health regulations (3), gaining experience that helped in the formulation of the national statute (which will now supersede local regulations). Multiple versions of the national law were debated by expert committees convened by the Ministry. The members of these committees were primarily prominent psychiatrists, public health experts, and legal experts. Other professional groups, individuals with mental illnesses, and the families of the mentally ill had little role in the formulation of the law, although they were able to make comments on the law after the draft version was released for public comment in June 2011...

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Rene Loewenson

Activism for health

Health Activism: Foundations and Strategies
Glenn Laverack
We live in a time of spectacular opportunity for health. By 2011, life expectancy exceeded 80 years in 26 countries. But with life expectancy below 55 years in another 17 countries, there are also spectacular levels of deprivation. Opportunities for health have grown, but so too have inequalities in access to those opportunities.
WHO's 2008 Commission on Social Determinants of Health attributed health inequalities to “structural conditions that together fashion the way societies are organised—poor social policies and programmes, unfair economic arrangements and bad politics”. The Commission proposed as one pillar of the response to build the power and ability people have to make choices about health inputs and to use these choices towards health. Amartya Sen has similarly identified health outcomes as being a product of different dimensions of functioning and of agency. Whilst health professionals are fairly certain of their role in a biomedical approach to improving health, there is less certain knowledge about whether and how to intervene in unequal power relations or to build people's agency to achieve wellbeing. Yet as Rudolf Virchow once wrote “all disease has two causes, one pathological and the other political”.
Ronald Labonté

Health activism in a globalising era: lessons past for efforts future

In 1848 the Prussian pathologist Rudolf Virchow famously described medicine as a social science, and politics as medicine writ large. Virchow's medicine today is better recognised as public health, writ large by our evidence of the political, social, and economic determinants of health. Virchow's then-radical theory of social medicine was built upon his own youthful investigation of typhoid among Silesian coal miners. His revolutionary prescription ranged from increased democracy and female suffrage, to improved wages and working conditions and progressive taxation. His government employers thanked him for his report and fired him. A few weeks later, a committed activist, he joined Berlin's public protests and street barricades of the short-lived 1848 populist revolution.
Few major social advances in public health have been achieved without health workers taking political risks. Virchow's British contemporary, John Snow, similarly faced censure from those supporting the prevailing miasma theory of disease in the face of his fastidious evidence-gathering. In 1854 Snow's careful work led to the removal of the handle of the choleric Broad Street pump, an archetypal moment in 19th-century public health. These two past approaches capture to some extent the dynamics that underpin health activism today: Snow had a singular focus in response to a particular problem; Virchow was aligned with a broad movement aimed at overturning a pathological political order.
The Lancet

Violence against women: ending the global scourge

Maria Stubbings was strangled to death by her ex-boyfriend, who had also killed a previous girlfriend. Christine Chambers complained about violence from a former partner for 2 years before he murdered her. Jeanette Goodwin was stabbed 30 times by an ex-partner in front of her husband. Last week, these victims of intimate partner homicide in the UK were deemed to have been let down by the police in a report by the HM Inspector of Constabulary.
Such violence, however, is not only a failing in law enforcement, nor is it confined to the UK. This week, in The Lancet, we publish online first a systematic review of the global prevalence of intimate partner homicide. It shows that, overall, 13·5% of homicides are committed by an intimate partner, and in female homicides the proportion of such murders is six times higher than in male homicides—38·6% versus 6·3%. This finding is perhaps unsurprising considering the shocking burden of other forms of intimate partner violence that women experience.
On June 20, WHO released the first global systematic review on the prevalence of violence against women. It shows that 35% of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence, making such abuse a “global public health problem of epidemic proportions”. The study also finds that women who have been physically or sexually abused by their partners report higher rates of health problems than women who have not experienced intimate partner violence; they are almost twice as likely to have depression, and, in some regions, are 1·5 times more likely to acquire HIV. They are also more than twice as likely to have an abortion.
Kolappa, Henderson, Kishore

 No Health Withoutt Mental Health: Lessons Unlearned

An article consisting of five cogent paragrpahs on MH and NCDs, 

Bulletin of the World Health Organization, January 2013--91: 3-3A

in2mentalhealth Roos Korste
An review of Recovery and Peer/User-led theories/projects/stories worldwide in: 10 organization-examples, 10 inspiring videos, 10 recovery models/theories, 10 relevant documents, Comments/additions are very welcome
Daniel McLaughlin and Elisabeth Wickeri
I am pleased to announce the publication of our report Mental Health and Human Rights in Cambodia. The report represents an innovative application of human rights norms to the Cambodian mental health landscape based on extensive research and fieldwork, including more than 150 interviews. Please feel free to contact Daniel McLaughlin (dmclaughlin13@law.fordham.edu) with any questions or comments you may have about the report, as well as to circulate it to others.
The Programme for Improving Mental health care (PRIME) has recently produced a policy brief, “Poverty and Mental Disorders: Breaking the Cycle in Low-Income and Middle-Income Countries”. Based on the results from two systematic reviews, it was found that mental health interventions were associated with improved economic outcomes. At the same time, it was also found that poverty alleviation programmes can have mental health benefits, particularly for conditional cash transfers and asset promotion programmes. It is thus emphasized that interventions are needed that address both the social causes of mental illness and the disabilities and economic deprivation that are a consequence of mental illness. Policy recommendations are provided. See the attached.
Kelly O’Donnell

CEO of Member Care Associates and Coordinator of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Working Group of the Geneva-based NGO Forum for Health, Kelly O’Donnell, has recently written three resource articles on global mental health (GMH). The purpose of these articles is to provide user-friendly overviews of the field of global mental health, helping to orient people to this domain, especially students and practitioners in the mental health and overall health fields.

Resource 1. Global Mental Health: A Resource Map for Connecting and Contributing (Psychology International, July 2011).

This brief article provides a 60 minute overview of GMH via links to 10 written/multimedia resources on the web. It’s a great way to quickly see the big picture.

Click on this link to access the article: http://www.apa.org/international/pi/2011/07/global-health.aspx

Resource 2. Global Mental Health: Finding Your Niches and Networks (Psychology International, March 2012).

This brief article builds upon the first article. It identifies 10 overlapping areas of GMH (niche-nets) with links to current web resources for each area.

Click on this link to access the article: http://www.apa.org/international/pi/2012/03/global-health.aspx

Resource 3. Global Mental Health: A Resource Primer for Exploring the Domain (International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, July 2012).

This is a major research article with an extensive listing of GMH resources, prioritizing those from the last 10 years. The resources are categorized into six areas: organizations, publications, conferences, training, human rights, and humanitarian. It is also foundational for the previous two articles as well as the new web site, GMH-Map—part of a collaborative project to identify and share GMH resources widely.

Click on this link to access the article: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxnbWhtYXB8Z3g6ZjBmYTI4MTFmMDNhZWU4

Rebecca S. Hock, Flora Or, Kavitha Kolappa, Matthew D. Burkey, Pamela J. Surkan, William W. Eaton
Coordinated response needed to capitalize on WHO's mental health resolution.
MDAC and Together
The purpose of this handbook is to assist mental disability advocacy services throughout Europe. We hope that advocacy services will become more effective by reading this guidance, by undergoing training on key topics and by adopting policies similar to the ones presented here. The handbook sets out best practice guidelines for advocacy services and is based on the experience of long-standing advocacy services for people with mental health problems and intellectual disabilities in the United Kingdom, a country in which mental health advocacy has played an important role in protecting human rights for many years.
Bondevik
Kjell Bondevik served as Prime Minister of Norway from 1997 to 2005, making him Norway's longest serving non-Labour Party Prime Minister since World War II. While serving his first term as Prime Minister, Bondevik attracted international attention in August 1998 when he admitted that he was suffering from depressive episode, becoming the highest ranking world leader to admit to suffering from a mental illness while in office.
Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry deliberated the importance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (2008) and mental health reform on the African Continent. Delegates from 10 African Organizations representing people with psychosocial disabilities from East, West and Southern Africa gathered together to debate the challenges and issues facing one of the most silent and marginalized voices on the Continent. The name of the organization was changed to The Pan African Network of People with Psychosocial Disabilities as recognition that “users and survivors of psychiatry” does not adequately reflect representation and the lived reality of this voiceless group in Africa. The Congress culminated in the Cape Town Declaration of October of 2011 which was read at the Second Summit of the Movement for Global Mental Health (Cape Town, 17 October 2011) and the World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health (Cape Town, 18 – 21 October 2011).

Book

Graham Thornicroft & Vikram Patel
  • Presents clear and practical information about how to conduct mental health trials in low and medium resource countries
  • Brings together the expertise of the world's leading researchers in randomised controlled trials
  • International author team provides a truly global perspective

Global mental health is a dynamic field of global health; a core aspect of the story which has led to its emergence has been the conduct of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating innovative delivery systems of packages of care for mental disorders in low-resource settings. Global Mental Health Trials brings together many of the world's leading researchers active in the fields of RCTs in low- and medium-resource countries and settings related to improving mental health care. It presents clear and practical information about how to conduct such trials in these settings, along with critical methodological and ethical issues related to such trials, learning from the positive and negative experiences of expert scientists in many countries worldwide who have completed such trials. This book serves as a valuable resource for practitioners in mental health - psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses nursing, psychologists, social workers, and occupational therapists - as well as researchers in the areas of psycho-social treatments in mental health, mental health services research, and programme and systems evaluation.

Readership: Practitioners in mental health: psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses nursing, psychologists, social workers, and occupational therapists, as well as researchers in the areas of psycho-social treatments in mental health, mental health services research, and programme and systems evaluation.

Prof. David Musyimi Ndetei


Acrodile Publishing Ltd is pleased to announce the release of the 2nd revised edition of 'Your A-Z On Mental Health'.The book covers a wide range of topics. It includes mental health disorders and how they are generally recognized and managed, covering the whole spectrum of life. It also includes description of subjects of interest in relation to mental disorders.

 

Besides describing those common situations, the book also addresses various approaches to the management of various mental health disorders and situations, by mental health workers but most importantly what they can do for themselves in their

homes and in mitigations against the costs and stigma of mental illness.

 

It is hoped this book will serve to demystify mental disorders, and in the process significantly destigmatize people with mental disorders and in the process allow them together with their relatives, to come forward and demand for equal treatment, services and rights from the health professionals, policy makers, and medical insurers.

 

This book is a must-read for everybody who cares for their mental well-being  and that of others.

You can order your hard copy by email to sales@acrodile.co.ke  or the E-Book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

Prof. David Musyimi Ndetei

Acrodile Publishing Ltd is pleased to announce the release of the 2nd revised edition of 'Your A-Z On Mental Health'.The book covers a wide range of topics. It includes mental health disorders and how they are generally recognized and managed, covering the whole spectrum of life. It also includes description of subjects of interest in relation to mental disorders.

 

Besides describing those common situations, the book also addresses various approaches to the management of various mental health disorders and situations, by mental health workers but most importantly what they can do for themselves in their

homes and in mitigations against the costs and stigma of mental illness.

 

It is hoped this book will serve to demystify mental disorders, and in the process significantly destigmatize people with mental disorders and in the process allow them together with their relatives, to come forward and demand for equal treatment, services and rights from the health professionals, policy makers, and medical insurers.

 

This book is a must-read for everybody who cares for their mental well-being health and that of others.

You can order your hard by email to sales@acrodile.co.ke  or the E-Book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and www.ekitabu.com .

 

Prof. David Musyimi Ndetei


Acrodile Publishing Ltd is pleased to announce the release of the 2nd revised edition of 'Your A-Z On Mental Health'.The book covers a wide range of topics. It includes mental health disorders and how they are generally recognized and managed, covering the whole spectrum of life. It also includes description of subjects of interest in relation to mental disorders.

 

Besides describing those common situations, the book also addresses various approaches to the management of various mental health disorders and situations, by mental health workers but most importantly what they can do for themselves in their

homes and in mitigations against the costs and stigma of mental illness.

 

It is hoped this book will serve to demystify mental disorders, and in the process significantly destigmatize people with mental disorders and in the process allow them together with their relatives, to come forward and demand for equal treatment, services and rights from the health professionals, policy makers, and medical insurers.

 

This book is a must-read for everybody who cares for their mental well-being health and that of others.

You can order your hard copy by email to sales@acrodile.co.ke  or the E-Book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

Prof.David Musyimi Ndetei and Prof. Christopher Paul Szabo

Acrodile Publishing  in conjunction with Africa Mental Health Foundation (AMHF) wish to announce  a new book ‘Contemporary Psychiatry in Africa:A Review of Theory, Research and Practice' by Prof. David Musyimi Ndetei and Prof. Christopher Paul Szabo .You can preview this book by clicking on the link above.
   This book is recommended for
1.Researchers and practitioners in different areas of mental health
2.Academicians
3.Postgraduate students pursuing various aspects of mental health
4.undergraduate medical students
5.Diploma medical students

6.Mental Health Organizations


Hard copies of this book can be ordered from publisher at sales@acrodile.co.ke

Digital edition is available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Fnac, iBookstore, e-kitabu.com, Casa del libro, e-sentral, Flipkart, Sony, T-Mobile and Vodafone.


Graham Thornicroft (Editor), Mirella Ruggeri (Co-Editor), David Goldberg (Co-Editor)

Improving Mental Health Care: The Global Challenge

Graham Thornicroft (Editor), Mirella Ruggeri (Co-Editor), David Goldberg (Co-Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-33797-4
Hardcover
464 pages
September 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
AUD $145.00 / NZD $165.00 Add to Cart

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What types of mental health care are right for the 21st century—in all countries, around the world?  What is the best balance of primary care and specialist mental health care for people with mental illness?  What is the best evidence for effective treatments and services?  Which methods are most suitable for answering these questions?  These are the tough issues addressed by this book. Leading experts from across the world bring their experience to bear in a series of chapters that set out the very best evidence in this field.  They present clear accounts of what is known, extensively referenced, with critical appraisals of the strength of the evidence and the robustness of the conclusions that can be drawn.

This book was inspired by the work of Michele Tansella on the development of community care globally.  It comprises four sections, identifying the challenges associated with providing mental health services in high-, middle- and low-income countries, then describing ways to meet these challenges. A section on new research methods to produce practical evidence is a novel aspect of the book. The final section addresses how best to deliver new forms of care, bearing in mind the human resources available. The chapters extensively cite specific studies to enhance the practical relevance.  Much of the cited research involves service users so their voice is heard throughout the text.

Mental health is rapidly becoming recognised as one of the leading global health challenges.  This book adds to our knowledge of the challenge and the solutions and stands to make a significant contribution to global mental health.

Leslie Swartz


A large Wagnerian grandmother. A great-aunt known as 'the Buchenwald chicken'. Shame and misery on the sports field. A club-footed father who disappeared to the golf course every weekend. How do these experiences lead to a career in psychology? Able-Bodied is a unique account of how being the son of a disabled man and the product of an eccentric family brought Leslie Swartz to a professional life working with disability issues. At the heart of this tale is a moving account of a complex, troubled, but loving father-son relationship, a relationship that spurred a lifetime of trying to understand and come to grips with what different bodies and different abilities mean for us all. With wit, compassion, frankness and irreverence, Swartz considers the challenges faced by families, academics, institutions and everyone trying to make a positive difference to society. Poignant and often hilarious, Able-Bodied is a tale of conflict, achievement, pain and triumph. It is a fascinating blend of personal narrative, anecdote and reflection on society, medicine and ethics.


For more information, or to attain a copy, please contact the author at: lswartz@sun.ac.za

BasicNeeds Ghana
This book presents pictures of the living conditions and conditions of care of people living with mental illness or epilepsy in Ghana.
BasicNeeds
This is a compendium of first-person accounts of the lived experiences of people with mental illness from across the countries where BasicNeeds operates -- Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Laos and Sri Lanka. It includes stories such as that of Kevin Isack: “Let me introduce myself. I am Kevin Isack. You could say I am young - sixteen years old. I did have some form of education, but not enough. I went to the primary school in my village of Mipande in the Chiungutwa Ward in Tanzania. I was there till 2006. Unfortunately, I failed in the primary school examination and did not manage to join secondary school. There are reasons for it, which I will come to shortly..."
World Health Organization
The new WHO report on mental health and development is a call to action to all development stakeholders - governments, civil society, multilateral agencies, bilateral agencies, global partnerships, private foundations, academic and research institutions - to focus their attention on mental health. The report presents compelling evidence that persons with mental and psychosocial disabilities are a vulnerable group but continue to be marginalized in terms of development aid and government attention. It makes the case for reaching out to this group through the design and implementation of appropriate policies and programmes and through the inclusion of mental health interventions into broader poverty reduction and development strategies. The report also describes a number of key interventions which can provide a starting point for these efforts. By investing in persons with mental and psychosocial disabilities, development outcomes can be improved. Development stakeholders who would like to integrate mental health into their agendas, policies and programmes are encouraged to contact Dr Michelle Funk, Coordinator, Mental Health Policy and Service Development funkm@who.int.
Graham Thornicroft
Shunned presents clearly for a wide readership information about the nature and severity of discrimination against people with mental illness and what can be done to reduce this. The book features many quotations from people with mental illness showing how this has affected their home, personal, social, and working life. After showing, both from personal accounts and from a thorough review of the literature, the nature of discrimination, the book sets out a clear manifesto for change.

Policy

Abdallah S. Daar, Marian Jacobs, Stig Wall, Johann Groenewald, Julian Eaton, Vikram Patel,, Palmira dos Santos, Ashraf Kagee, Anik Gevers, Charlene Sunkel, Gail Andrews,Ingrid Daniels and David Ndetei

Urgent action is needed to address mental health issues globally. In Africa, where mental health disorders

account for a huge burden of disease and disability, and where in general less than 1% of the already small

health budgets are spent on these disorders, the need for action is acute and urgent. Members of the World

Health Organization, including African countries, have adopted a Comprehensive Mental Health Action

Plan. Africa now has an historic opportunity to improve the mental health and wellbeing of its citizens,

beginning with provision of basic mental health services and development of national mental health strategic

plans (roadmaps). There is need to integrate mental health into primary health care and address stigma and

violations of human rights. We advocate for inclusion of mental health into the post-2015 Sustainable

Development Goals, and for the convening of a special UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on Mental

Health within three years.

Pamela Y. Collins, Thomas R. Insel, Arun Chockalingam, Abdallah Daar, Yvonne T. Maddox

PLOS Medicine Policy Forum

articles provide a platform for health policy makers from around the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities in improving health care to their constituencies.


Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health: Integration in Research, Policy, and Practice

Citation: Collins PY, Insel TR, Chockalingam A, Daar A, Maddox YT (2013) Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health: Integration in Research, Policy, and Practice. PLoS Med 10(4): e1001434. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001434

Published: April 30, 2013

Summary Points

Mental illnesses frequently co-occur with peripartum conditions, HIV-related disease, and non-communicable diseases. Care for mental disorders should be integrated into primary care and other global health priority programs.
Integration of care for mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders should (1) occur through intersectoral collaboration and health system-wide approaches; (2) use evidence-based interventions; (3) be implemented with sensitivity to environmental influences; and (4) attend to prevention and treatment across the life course.
Integration of care for MNS disorders with care for other conditions can occur through assimilation of activities, policies, or organizational structures at local, national, and global levels.
Plans for health-related development targets post-2015 should consider the tremendous burden of disability associated with MNS disorders and co-morbid conditions.
This paper is the first in a series of five articles providing a global perspective on integrating mental health.



This is an open-access article, free of all copyright, and may be freely reproduced, distributed, transmitted, modified, built upon, or otherwise used by anyone for any lawful purpose. The work is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication.

Funding: No funding sources were used for preparation of this manuscript.

Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Abbreviations: DALY, disability adjusted life year; GBD, global burden of disease; GCGMH, Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health; LMIC, low- and middle-income country; MNS, mental, neurological, and substance use; mhGAP, Mental Health Gap Action Programme; MDG, Millennium Development Goal; NCD, non-communicable disease; NIMH, National Institute of Mental Health; NGO, non-governmental organization; WHO, World Health Organization

Provenance: Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

eLearning

Grand Challenges Canada

There is a tremendous opportunity for  innovative solutions to increase the number of people who have access to quality care and to ensure the greatest outcome for each person reached. We support bold ideas to improve treatments and expand access to care for mental disorders through transformational, a­ffordable and cost-eff­ective innovations which have the potential to be sustainable at scale

Report

McPin Foundation & Mind

Driving Change is a report based on interviews with mental health Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) around the world written by the McPin Foundation in partnership with Mind. The focus was on mental health organisations that were user- or carer-led in countries across the globe working locally to raise awareness and improve services for people living with mental illness.

WHO

Overview

"Mental health and well-being are fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life. Yet currently the formation of individual and collective mental capital – especially in the earlier stages of life – is being held back by a range of avoidable risks to mental health, while individuals with mental health problems are shunned, discriminated against and denied basic rights, including access to essential care.

In this report, potential reasons for this apparent contradiction between cherished human values and observed social actions are explored with a view to better formulating concrete steps that governments and other stakeholders can take to reshape social attitudes and public policy around mental health."

Article, Journal, Online article, Policy, Website

Vikram Patel and Shekhar Saxena, Mary De Silva and Chiara Samele

TRANSFORMING LIVES, ENHANCING COMMUNITIES: INNOVATIONS IN MENTAL HEALTH
A report on Mental Health Working Groups by Vikram Patel ,Shekhar Saxena, Mary De Silva and Chiara Samele as part of The Wolrd Innovation Summit for Health(WISH) 

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is a high-profile initiative that aims to promote and facilitate innovation in the delivery of healthcare around the globe.

- See more at: http://www.wish-qatar.org

Website

WHO MiNDbank is an online platform which brings together a range of country and international resources, covering mental health, substance abuse, disability, general  health, human rights and development.  These include policies, strategies, laws, and service standards.  MiNDbank aims to facilitate debate, dialogue, advocacy and research in order to promote national reform in these areas, in line with international human rights standards and best practice.  MiNDbank has been made possible thanks to the collective efforts of WHO Member States in sharing their national resources, with a view to achieving better health and human rights outcomes for all.

The Worldwide Campaign to End the Institutionalization of Children

After years of fighting abuses against children on a country-by-country basis, Disability Rights International has gathered much evidence that the institutionalization of children with disabilities is a worldwide problem. Over the past 20 years we have documented abuses against children in over 25 countries in the Americas, the United States, Eastern Europe and Russia, the Middle East and Asia.  The dangers of institutionalizing children are pervasive and take place all over the world, including well-resourced, developed countries.  Disability Rights International is calling for an end to the institutionalization and abuse of children.

The goal of the Worldwide Campaign to End the Institutionalization of Children, is to challenge underlying policies that lead to abuses against children on a global scale.  One of the main drivers of institutionalization – particularly in developing countries – is the use of misdirected foreign assistance funding to build new institutions or rebuild old crumbling facilities, instead of providing assistance and access to services for families who want to keep their children at home. Disability Rights International will document the role of international funders in perpetuating the segregation of children with disabilities.

Click the link below to read more...

Mental Disability Rights Initiative of Serbia


Mental Disability Rights Initiative of Serbia (MDRI-Serbia) is an advocacy organization dedicated to the human rights and full participation in society of children and adults with mental disabilities in Serbia. MDRI-Serbia promotes citizen participation, awareness and oversight for the rights of persons with intellectual and mental disabilities, and participates in development of mental disability rights advocacy and self-advocacy movement in Serbia. The organization’s special focus is on those children and adults who are at risk of or who are already residing in social and mental health institutions, since they represent the most endangered and marginalized group.

Click here to visit the MDRI-Serbia Website

Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association

Who We Are

Founded in 2003 by Keystone Human Services International, the Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association (Keystone Moldova) aims for the social inclusion of individuals living in difficult social situations, including persons with disabilities. Keystone Moldova is planning to achieve this goal through the following objectives:

  • To contribute to the improvement of the legal and regulatory framework of the social protection system for vulnerable groups of the population, including persons with disabilities
  • To contribute to the reform of the social care system for persons with disabilities through the promotion of deinstitutionalization and reintegration with families and community services
  • To support the development of community based social care services for persons with disabilities and other people living in difficult social situations
  • To support the inclusion of people in difficult social situations, including persons with disabilities, in typical community services, as well as educational schools
  • To contribute to the reduction of poverty of families living in difficult social situations, including persons with disabilities, by promoting their employment
  • To help change public attitudes toward people in difficult social situations, including persons with disabilities, to promote an environment of inclusion and equal opportunities for the development of all community members regardless of race, language, disability, sex, or age

In pursuing its goals, Keystone Moldova supports the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family to improve the regulatory framework for the social protection of persons with disabilities, with the goal of successfully implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and social inclusion.

Gulbenkian

Reports about the Republic of Moldova

 Posted by Gulbenkian

Reports about the Republic of Moldova

This series of document characterizes the reality of mental health in the Republic of Moldova.

The series comprises reports on the organization of mental health services and on the ongoing reform, which aims to integrate mental health into primary healthcare and to shift care towards community mental health centers. Jana Chihai is also sharing with us an epidemiological morbidity study and a review of education and training of staff in mental health in the country.

Please check the documents below:

Republic of Moldova Mental Health System Review.

Review of the Mental Health Graduate and Residential Syllabus in the Republic of Moldova.

Assessing Primary Healthcare Services in the Republic of Moldova as to the integration of mental health services into PHC.

Community Mental Health Services in the Republic of Moldova Assessment Report.

Review of mental and behavior disorders morbidity in the Republic of Moldova, 2007-2011.

Assessment of psychiatric hospital care services in the Republic of Moldova subordinate to the MoH.

Defining the package of mental health services appropriate for being integrated into primary health care.

MGMH

There are currently two high-level discussions occuring within the United Nations structure that will decide the future of mental health within the global health and post-MDG development agenda.

1. The UN Secretary General's High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

and

2. The UN High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

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1. The UN Secretary General's High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Post-2015 High Level Panel of Eminent Persons will meet from 24-27 March in Bali, Indonesia. In this meting the panel will focus on financing and implementation of a new global development agenda. The UN, via it's online civil society portal called The World We Want, invites you to add your voice to the same questions the panel will be discussing in Bali. Add Your Voice!

The Movement for Global Mental Health encourages it's members to post to the website to keep mental health in the discussions.

Only a limited selection of civil society groups and interests are represented in the face-to-face meetings at the High Level Panel meetings however the UN has made serious efforts to engage the global population via the internet.

The Panel will submit a report containing recommendations to the UN Secretary-General in May/June 2013 which will subsequently contribute to the UN Secretary General’s report to the UN MDG review summit in September 2013.

Go to the website www.worldwewant2015.org/ and register to enter the discussion.

Go to the Bali2015 conference discussion thread at www.worldwewant2015.org/bali2015

Click "Add content", and "Discussion" on the right side of the page

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2. The UN High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

The UN High Level Meeting on disability and development aims to advance a disability-inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond and is expected to produce an action-oriented outcome document. The consultation began on 8 March and runs for three weeks until Thursday, 28 March. The final High Level Meeting will take place on 23 September 2013.

To participate, please visit the online forums, here, and post your views about mental health and the post-2015 development agenda.  You will also be invited to register here www.worldwewant2015.org/join

The Centre for Global Mental Health (CGMH), a collaboration between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Kings College London, recently launched the first of their quarterly newsletters. The CGMH will publish a newsletter every 3 months, providing information on the Centre’s current activities, including recent and upcoming events, seminars and courses; new CHMG publications and resources, highlights of the Centre in the public media and more general CGMH news.

Click on the following link to view the September issue: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=23d44e3fc49b60b941ae4103e&id=234b6c6bbb&e=bf73f339fb Click on the following link to sign-up to receive the Centre’s quarterly newsletter: http://www.centreforglobalmentalhealth.org/sign

Roos Korste
Join, share, learn, discuss and network Worldwide: Updated list of 10 Online Global Mental Health Communities with, of course the MGMH. Examples, links, back ground information, screen prints, etc.

Arts and Visuals

GMH-Map

GMH and NGOs: Working Together Well! (short version of a power point-plenary session, HimalPartner GMH Seminar, Oslo, 7 March 2014).

Note that several of the other presentations will be available shortly on the HimalPartner website. These presentations are excellent examples of the contributions, learning, and challenges of implementing GMH in LMICs.  Kelly O'Donnell

Dr. Harry Minas

CIMH Director Professor Harry Minas’ interview on ABC News Radio regarding the horrific conditions in off-shore detention centres in Australia.

CRPU


Enabling Access to Mental Health Care through Telepsychiatry in Congo, where there's currently one psychiatrist for every 2 million people. The country of over 70 million people has only 36 psychiatrists and most of them are based in capitol, Kinshasa.  The mission of Uvira Telepsychiatry Services is using emerging technology to help reach underserved populations in east Congo who lack access to psychiatric care via interactive videoconferencing without having to worry about travel burdens and visa applications. With only One psychiatrist for every 2 million people, it's difficult if not impossible to see a psychiatrist in Congo. The country of over 70 million people has only 36 psychiatrists and most of them are based in capitol, Kinshasa. "While no technology will ever take the place of personal interaction, telepsychiatry has proven effective as a medium for clinical evaluation and care where onsite resources are limited by time, distance, and financial constraints."http://ap.psychiatryonline.org

 
"I think this is a great way to impact a community remotely without travel cost"  Espoir M. Kyubwa, M.D.,Ph.D. Candidate. Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Gilliam Fellow Department of Bioengineering, Jacob School of Engineering University of California, San Diego

alex.wright

The July Newsletter from MGMH has been released! Please click this link to view the July newsletter.

If you didn't receive the newsletter and want to be subscribed, please send us an email at admin@globalmentalhealth.org. 

Blog Post

The Guardian

Global development podcast: why care about mental health?

What needs to change to improve outcomes for people living with a mental health problem in Sri Lanka and elsewhere in the developing world?

Sri Lanka has many people with serious mental health problems, exacerbated by the tsunami of December 2004 and decades of civil war. The country has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Yet mental health services are inadequately funded. Sri Lanka has only 56 psychiatrists, most of whom are based in Colombo and other urban areas.

But Sri Lanka is not the only developing country with poor mental health provision. In May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a programme to improve services for patients with mental or neurological problems, and people with substance-use disorders. According to WHO, most of the people affected – 75% of whom live in low-income countries – do not have access to the treatment they need.

Vivienne Perry talks to Dr Michelle Funk, who co-ordinates the WHO programme, Ananda Galappatti, who has worked as a mental health practitioner in Sri Lanka for 16 years, and people in Sri Lanka who have mental health disorders.

Source: Guardian

Public Mental Health

Santander lectures on Global Mental Health and Cultural Psychiatry.

Santander lectures on Global Mental Health and Cultural Psychiatry.

Three master-class lectures were delivered by Professor Villasenor-Bayardo on 17th and 25th April and 8th May. These were delivered in collaboration with Careif, an international mental health charity, and the Cultural Consultation Service located within the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, at Queen Mary University of London.

Professor Villasenor-Bayardo, from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, talked on an epidemic of Kieri, a cultural bound syndrome in Mexico affecting young children and their teacher. This lecture touched on the tensions between local government and health care organisations in responding to perceived threats to cultural heritage and identity, and how safe clinical practice can only be grounded in a rich ethnography and understanding of local indigenous beliefs and practices. Care practices are then humanised and more compassionate and personal rather than structured as technologies to be applied to a passive population.

Professor Villasenor-Bayardo then talked on Latin American Masters of Transcultural Psychiatry giving a philosophical and historical tour of the Latin American landscape, sentiments, intellect, and expertise. Finally, he presented Latin American, and specifically Mexican, concepts of death and dying reflecting how indigenous beliefs and attitudes to death make use of humour to cope with the existential dilemma posed by death. The humour and death concepts seem to   encourage familiarity and ordinary daily conversations in all age groups, including children, so as to promote a relationship with death that helps people to not fear death and to live to the fullest and become more resilient. The audience was particularly inquisitive about routine clinical practice and the level of resourcing for mental health care in Mexico, the role of the NGO sector and protest groups, and the weak position of the service user and advocacy movement in Latin American countries.

What this series of lectures showed was the common factors, clinical, human and organisational, that are shared in mental health care between Latin American and European countries, including local country differences in wealth and attention to the mind in illness, recovery and wellbeing. Global policies and interventions are often promoted to tackle basic human rights standards of protection and care. These do provoke anxiety about imperialist and reductionist and inappropriate models of care being imposed in resource starved areas rather than enabling a bottom up empowerment of local movements, alongside task shifting to tackle the local burden of mental health problems without reliance on an expensive cadre of professionals. All agreed that a concept of governance in mental heath care, making use of international human rights conventions, is essential to promote and progress change.

One of the ambitions of the Santander award is to promote intercultural exchange; we are now planning a joint degree, an anthology of writing on Latin American cultural psychiatrists, and of course, planning for the 4th World Congress in Cultural Psychiatry to be held in Puerto Vallarta in 2015.

Global Mental Health & Cultural Psychiatry

Global Mental Health & Cultural Psychiatry
The 2ndSantander Lecture
Masters of Cultural Psychiatry in Latin America

Professor Sergio Villasenor-Bayardo gave an outstanding second lecture showing how cultural psychiatry evolved as a discipline in the Latin American countries due in part to the many indigenous and immigrant groups living in close proximity, and the contrasting cultural influences in neighbouring countries. The relationship between Latin American countries, and the emerging psychodynamic and psychiatric sciences in France, Germany, England, USA in the 1900’s demonstrated similarities and contrasts. Previous leaders in Latin American countries proposed an approach to their practice that encompassed humanitarian and philosophical perspectives, and considered empathy, the arts, creativity, and the environment as relevant determinants of health and wellbeing and as powerful building blocks of cultural psychiatry. A phenomenology of schizophrenia was presented that, although unfamiliar outside of Latin America, provided a vivid and perceptive description of the internal world and dilemmas faced by people developing a persistent psychosis, specifically exploring how perplexity and withdrawal from the world replaces curiosity and wonder. The lecture included incisive observations and scientific breakthroughs from leading figures in Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Chile, and Bolivia. Yet these contributions are little known given the geographical and linguistic distance that has to be negotiated for wider dissemination. The lecture was a testament to the vision of the Santander awards to bring scholars together with a mutual sharing of knowledge; in this instance the ambitions are to improve public mental health and wellbeing throughout the world. A Latin American organisation, the Latin American Group of Transcultural Studies or GLADET, was founded in 1951 with similar objectives. An anthology of writings published by GLADET and edited by edited by Professor Villasenor-Bayardo is being translated into English in order to share these profound insights into mental health, mental illness and culture with the rest of the world. This also is being supported by Santander.

This was the second lecture of three. The first lecture on an epidemic of a culture bound syndrome was given on 17th April.

Prof. Kamaldeep Bhui MD FRCPsych

President World Association of Cultural Psychiatry

Public Health Lead, Royal College of Psychiatrists UK

PAHO
MENTAL HEALTH BULLETIN, MAY - JUNE 2013
Subject:Mental Health Bulletin, May - June 2013
Send date:2013-06-20 20:16:17
Issue #:25
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May-June 2013

WHO mental health Gap Action Programme assessment and monitoring in Panama

nullOn May 7-9, Tarun Dua, from the World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Geneva, and Dévora Kestel Regional Advisor on Mental Health of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), participated in various activities related to the implementation of WHO mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Pilot Project in Panama.

OAS 10th Hemispheric Forum of Civil Society and Social Actors

The Pan American Health Organization participated in the “10th Hemispheric Forum of Civil Society and Social Actors” held at OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 9

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Declaration of Antigua: “For a Comprehensive Policy against the World Drug Problem in the Americas”

The Pan American Health Organization provided technical support to the Organization of American States in the negotiation process of the Declaration of Antigua: “For a Comprehensive Policy against the World Drug Problem in the Americas,” adopted at the Forty-Third Regular Session of the OAS General Assembly, held in Antigua, Guatemala, from 4 to 6 June.

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Training of mhGAP facilitators in Nicaragua

nullOn 28 and 29 May, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), in coordination with the Nicaragua Department of Extension and Quality Assurance (DGECA, for its acronym in Spanish), organized a workshop for "Training primary care facilitators in the implementation of the mhGAP". The modules selected were those on depression, alcohol and suicide.

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Honduras: strengthening the mental health component in PHC

nullA project proposal on “Strengthening the mental health component in primary health care” was discussed at a meeting inHonduras, from April 23 to 24. This community mental health model to be implemented in the country is co-sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization and the Seventh-day AdventistChurch, with the participation of the Ministry of Health, the National University of Honduras, and Loma Linda University inCaliforniaUSA.

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Workshops on technical cooperation projects among countries in El Salvador 

nullFrom 18 to 21 March, two workshops were held in El Salvador Citywithin the framework of Technical Cooperation among Countries (TCC) in order to plan the implementation of two projects.

 

Training of trainers in epilepsy 

nullA workshop for training trainers in epilepsy was held at PAHO/WHO headquarters in Argentina, on April 26. It was jointly organized by the League against Epilepsy (LACE) and Hugo Cohen, PAHO Subregional Advisor on Mental Health for South America. LACE’s President, Roberto Caraballo, was present at the event together with specialists from the provinces of Buenos Aires,Santa FeMendoza and the City of Buenos. 

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Experts discuss tobacco products labeling and advertising in Panama 

nullPanama, March 5-7. Experts from all over the continent analyzed the current situation, progress and challenges of tobacco products packaging during the Second Regional Workshop "Packaging, labeling and regulation of tobacco products", according to the mandates of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The event was organized by Panama Ministry of Health and the National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil, with the technical cooperation of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and Health Canada.

 

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Guatemala and Panama: workshops on reducing the demand for illicit drugs 

Two workshops on "Strengthening national capacities to manage public health responses in illicit psychoactive substances demand reduction” were held in Guatemala (April 3-5) and inPanama (April 17-18). 

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Mexico: mental health in Chiapas

nullChiapas, México, April 16 - A meeting for analyzing the situation of mental health in Chiapas was organized within the framework of the technical cooperation agreement between the Pan American Health Organization and Chiapas Health Secretariat. The meeting was opened by Chiapas Secretary of Health, Carlos Eugenio Ruiz Hernández; Dévora Kestel, PAHO/WHO Regional Advisor on Mental Health; and PAHO/WHO consultant in Mexico, Enrique Gil.

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State mental health week in Hermosillo, Mexico

nullHermosilloSonora, April 23 - A number of activities aimed at training mental health personnel of the Ministry of Health, were carried out as part of the “State Mental Health Week” inHermosillo.


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    in2mentalhealth Roos Korste

    Content: Brief country profile Kenya, overview mental health care Kenya, report on meetings with USPKenya, Mathari State Mental Hospital, BasicNeeds Kenya, Outspan hospital counseling services, AMHF (Africa Mental Health Foundation), mental health activist Sitawa Wafula, Tawakal psycho-trauma clinic for people from Somalia, Peter C. Alderman trauma project, and more. Info, links, few pictures, conclusions.

    In January 2013, I had the opportunity to extent my stay in Kenya, after providing a MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières, Doctors Without Borders) mental health and basic counseling training for a group of Somali nurses in Nairobi. After these 2 weeks training I arranged a couple of visits and interviews with people working in, or using/surviving, mental health services in Kenya. I wanted to meet the people I knew for quite a while via internet (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, my blog) and I wanted to satisfy my curiosity. I wanted to get some insight into the mechanisms and contexts in mental health care Kenya. Find positive vibes, plans and developments. Fostering hope, but also knowing where one must start and invest, in order to achieve improvements.

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    Human Rights Watch, 2 Ovtober 2012

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     On the negative aspects of HR and MH in Ghana

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    Includes a simple report and a full version of the report, plus a brief video.

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    Note: It would also be helpful to see some of the improvements and positive aspects of care that are happening, including a report on the work of the Ministry of Health and NGOs like BasicNeeds Ghana.

    About Advocacy

    The time to change is now. Those are the words of the MGMH Call to Action. And the people to make those changes are ourselves. Our Movement is not about pointing fingers, it is about taking responsibility and taking action. User-led advocacy is growing in strength in low- and middle-income countries, and MGMH is proud to count several user advocates and groups from Africa and Asia among our members. We welcome you to share your experiences of advocacy by submitting an activity form, or to coordinate members around specific advocacy goals, by using our Forum page.