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
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Acrodile in conjunction with Africa Mental Health Foundation (AMHF) wish to announce a new book (African editions) :‘Contemporary Psychiatry in Africa’ by David Musyimi Ndetei and Christopher Paul Szabo .
This book is recommended for
1.Researchers and practitioners in different areas of mental health
3.Postgraduate students pursuing various aspects of mental health
4.undergraduate medical students
5.Diploma medical students
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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.
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.
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"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."
CIMH Director Professor Harry Minas’ interview on ABC News Radio regarding the horrific conditions in off-shore detention centres in Australia.
When the World Health Organization (WHO) European Ministerial Conference on Mental Health endorsed the statement “No health without mental health” in 2005, 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. 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. 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. Advances in efforts to alleviate the human and social costs of mental disorders have been both too slow and too few.
An article consisting of five cogent paragrpahs on MH and NCDs,
Bulletin of the World Health Organization, January 2013--91: 3-3A
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
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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
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?"
"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)
"Our Stories"-Living and coping with Schizophrenia in India. The Community Care fOr People with Schizophrenia in India (COPSI) study. (www.sangath.com)
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).
Note from Kelly O'Donnell:
Click the link below to read the article (lower part of the landing page)
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
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.
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.
Just Posted: Like a Death Sentence
Human Rights Watch, 2 Ovtober 2012
On the negative aspects of HR and MH in Ghana
Includes a simple report and a full version of the report, plus a brief video.
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.
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.