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Richard Horton, The Lancet

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Jonathan Campion, Dinesh Bhugra, Sue Bailey, Michael Marmot
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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.

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Rene Loewenson
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Ronald Labonté
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The Lancet
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Shekhar Saxena, Michelle Funk, Dan Chisholm

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Daniel McLaughlin and Elisabeth Wickeri
I am pleased to announce the publication of our report Mental Health and Human Rights in Cambodia....
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.
This report by Mental Disability Advocacy Center was written for the Russian context, but has wider...
MDAC
Hungary was the first EU country to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with...
WHO MIND
This is a one-page overview of the most relevant human rights instruments in relation to mental...
United Nations
The UN has adopted various declarations that address the human rights of people with disabilities (...
United Nations
Adopted by the UN in 1991, the MI Principles provide guidance on areas such as the procedures for...
United Nations
The UNCDRP, which came into force in May 2008, is wide in scope, adopting a broad category of ‘...
Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry deliberated the importance of the United Nations...
United Nations
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRDP) [link to section 4.1.1],...

Journal

Julian Eaton1*, Ritsuko Kakuma2, Alexandra Wright2 and Harry Minas
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G. Thornicroft and M. Tansella

We have recently argued, based upon a thorough review of the literature, that in low, middle and...

R. Thara, S. John and S. Chatterjee

The dearth of trained mental health professionals and the huge gap in providing accessible...

F. Kigozi* and J. Ssebunnya

Mental health care is receiving increased attention in low-income countries with the...

Book

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

Improving Mental Health Care: The...

BasicNeeds Ghana
This book presents pictures of the living conditions and conditions of care of people living with...
Mental Disability Rights International
Behind Closed Doors describes the findings of a two-year investigation in Turkey by Mental...
Eric Rosenthal and Mental Disability Rights International
UNICEF and the government of Viet Nam commissioned Eric Rosenthal to conduct the assessment and...
Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI); Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS)
Ruined Lives: Segregation from Society in Argentina’s Psychiatric Asylums, documents human rights...
MDAC and SHINE
This report, written by the Mental Disability Advocacy Center, examines the conditions in...
World Health Organization
This Resource Book is structured in three parts: first on the context of mental health legislation...

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...

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...

eLearning

As of September 2012, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in collaboration with...

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...

Website

The Worldwide Campaign to End the Institutionalization of Children

After years of fighting abuses against children on a country-by-country basis, Disability Rights...

Mental Disability Rights Initiative of Serbia


Mental Disability Rights Initiative of Serbia (MDRI-Serbia) is an advocacy organization...

RICHARD ZWOLINSKI, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. ZWOLINSKI

In truth, the fight against the stigma attached to mental illness has been global for...

Mental health policy and service development, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO Geneva.

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Roos Korste
Join, share, learn, discuss and network Worldwide: Updated list of 10 Online Global Mental Health...
This is the World Health Organization page on mental health, human rights and legislation.
The Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC) is an international human rights organisation which...
OHCHR is a UN agency that works to promote and protect the human rights that are guaranteed under...

About Human Rights

People with mental health problems and people with intellectual disabilities continue to face wide-ranging and severe human rights abuses in many countries. Both these groups are subjected to violations of their human rights such as arbitrary involuntary institutionalisation and isolation, deprivation of legal capacity, and discrimination, and infringements of their right to education and employment.

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Statement from the Fourth Global Mental Health Summit

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

held on 28th-29th November 2015

The Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Mumbai hosted the 4th biannual Global Mental Health Summit (GMHS) between 28th and 29th November in collaboration with The Public Health Foundation of India, The Banyan and The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM) as a part of the Movement for Global Mental Health (MGMH). The MGMH was founded in 2008 to take forward the neglected agenda of mental health in the world, and has since been working to raise the profile of mental health through the global platform of an interactive website (www.globalmentalhealth.org) and the work of local activists in different countries. 

The biannual summits, held in different parts of the world for the past 4 years have presented an opportunity for multiple stakeholders from the mental health sector to come together, share experiences and learn from one and other.

The focus of this year’s two day Global Health Summit, themed “Nothing About Us, Without Us”, was driven mainly by persons living with mental health issues and disabilities, from different social, cultural and educational ecosystems. The summit was kick started by Prof Asha Banu, TISS who introduced the summit to the audience and put forward the agenda of the summit. Dr Manish Jha, Dean, School of Social Work, TISS extended a hearty welcome to all participants. Prof Vikram Patel, co-director, Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries, and adjunct professor at Public Health Foundation of India, India, took the stand next and spoke about the right to care and right to dignity for users of mental health and the need for users, caregivers and mental health professionals to come together and dialogue about the changes needed in the care and services globally. Dr Vikram Gupta, director, BALM addressed the audience and spoke at length about the need to cut across the many barriers faced in the care for mental health users.

Day 1 of the summit saw participation from users, service providers and mental health professionals who shared their experiences not only through dialogue but also using interactive mediums of dance, theatre, poetry and more. The day closed with the screening of the film Astu, which told the story of Mr Shastri, a retired Sanskrit professor who in due course suffers with Alzheimer's and goes missing. The second day of the summit started with a discussion on the film by veteran film and theatre actor Mohan Agashe and continued on to a panel discussion ‘Nothing About Us, Without Us’ moderated by Tasneem Raja and Ketki Ranade where users shared their experiences of living with mental health issues and Mental health policy group member Mr Akhileshwar Sahay spoke about the need to have a single voice regarding mental health in the country in order to exact policy change at the national level. The second day also saw posters being presented by various stakeholders elucidating the many achievements and challenges in the field of mental health.

After a session of academic presentations by mental health researchers and professionals, the day came to a close on a positive note with a short presentation by girls from The Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai who shared their experience of launching a school level peer-support group 'Reach Out' for students and adolescents dealing with stress, peer pressure, substance abuse, body image and more. It was followed by screening of the film ‘Come with me’.

The Way Forward:

This summit brought together a large number of users and caregivers who had previously no opportunity to attend or share in a summit of this magnitude. All organizers and participants unanimously agreed that this is only a first step in creating inclusive spaces in the mental health sector, and more such events and networking opportunities need to be organized by different stakeholders. In his valedictory session, Dr S Parasuraman, director, TISS also suggested that many such events should be organized across different regions by multiple stakeholders, in which TISS will be happy to participate. He emphasized the need for documentation of best practices and partnerships between academia and field to expand the human resources for mental health.

The participants were delighted to see new faces talk about mental health which was suggestive of wider participation. All in all the two day summit was a huge success and a truly global initiative that cut across borders and brought various stakeholders together for a common cause and saw involvement from across sectors, with participation from organizations working in sectors such as homelessness, trafficking, disability presented on mental health implications and relevance of mental health for their work.

On behalf of the MGMH: PHFI, The Banyan, The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM), & TISS