Report: 5th Global Mental Health Summit 2018

Author: 
Charlene Sunkel
Publication date: 
31 March 2018

The Movement for Global Mental Health (MGMH) and the SA Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH) as the Secretariat of the MGMH, hosted the 5th Global Mental Health Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa on 8 and 9 February 2018 at the University of Witwatersrand, School of Public Health, in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Since the establishment of the MGMH, a biennial Summit had been hosted - the 1st in Athens in 2009, the 2nd in Cape Town in 2011, the 3rd in Bangkok in 2013 and the 4th in Mumbai in 2015, and now the 5th in Johannesburg in 2018.

The 5th Global Mental Health Summit was themed Leaving no one behind as per the aspirations of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Summit incorporated a strong focus on the inclusion, empowerment and human rights of persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities, globally.

A total of 238 delegates attended the Summit, of which 55 were persons with lived experience (psychosocial and intellectual disabilities). The Summit delegation represented 28 countries from Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, and Australia.

Persons with lived experience (psychosocial and intellectual disabilities) were exempted from paying registration fees – this was to encourage mental health care user participation.

*SEE ATTACHED REPORT

The 2 day Summit proceedings were video recorded, and uploaded to YouTube:

·                     Opening ceremony

https://youtu.be/GP92nlz5Zfo

·                     Panel 1: Infants, toddlers and young children - affording them mental health and wellbeing

https://youtu.be/88FT8Mw-M5w

·                     Panel 2: Value of research to advance the social movement – the role of persons with lived experience in research

https://youtu.be/diVghyWDruI

·                     Panel 3: Changing the culture around mental health, mental disorders and emotional wellbeing

(Production in progress – will be available on YouTube soon)

·                     Panel 4: Overcoming poverty through quality education and decent work and economic growth

(Production in progress – will be available on YouTube soon)

·                     Panel 5: Getting “creative and innovative” to achieve recovery and mental wellbeing

(Production in progress – will be available on YouTube soon)

·                     Panel 6: Persons with Lived Experience – the key partners in mental health and sustainable development

(Production in progress – will be available on YouTube soon)

·                     Panel 7: Empowering the youth to play a role in achieving the SDGs

(Production in progress – will be available on YouTube soon)

·                     Panel 8: Not forgetting the vulnerable groups

(Production in progress – will be available on YouTube soon)

·                     Panel 9: Deinstitutionalisation and community integration – a human right

(Production in progress – will be available on YouTube soon)

·                     Panel 10: Civil society's role in achieving the SDGs

(Production in progress – will be available on YouTube soon)

·                     Panel 11: Social movements giving a voice to persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities

(Production in progress – will be available on YouTube soon)

·                     Panel 12: citiesRISE – building global-local networks for practical action on young people’s mental health

(Production in progress – will be available on YouTube soon)

·                     Launch of Global Mental Health Peer Network

(Production in progress – will be available on YouTube soon)

 

·                     Recovery Stories/ Interviews

Matthew Jackman: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c9LJI1CZmo

(Production of others in progress – will be available on YouTube soon)