- The need to stop chaining continues … around the globe
- iPromise2 Campaign — USA
- CRAZYWISE documentary and on-line town hall — USA
- Calling on Immediate Action in S. Africa!! To President Zuma — S. Africa
- No Guns: 94+ Silent Deaths and Still Counting — S. Africa
- Bell Let’s Talk Day — Canada
- KOSHISH Newsletters and Publications — Nepal
- World Mental Health Day – October 10, 2016
- Letter to Governor by Courtenay Barnett — Turks and Caicos
- Calling on President John D Mahama to uphold MH Act and UN CRPD ratification — Ghana
- Art is the Medicine by Dawn Marie Marchand presented by REDx Talks — Canada
- Call for Papers – 10th Annual Bamenda Conference Disability and Rehabilitation — Cameroon
- Can You Hear Me Now?: Finding My Voice in a System That Stole It — Scotland
- 8th International Disability Law Summer School — Ireland
- International Diploma program now accepting applications — India
- Non-presentation of Mental Health Bill — Zambia
- Plight of mental health rehabilitation — Zambia
- Gregoire Ahongbonon: Freeing people chained for being ill W. Africa
- Post-Doc Research Assistant in Global Mental Health —- U of Sheffield
- 8th International Summer School Disability Law & Policy — Ireland
Bell’s Let’s Talk Mental Health annual campaign on January 27 — raises over $6 Million this year for mental health initiatives in Canada!! Every country needs a campaign like this!!
The final results are in! Thanks to your support, we saw a record 125,915,295 calls, texts, tweets and shares on Bell Let’s Talk Day. That means an additional $6,295,764.75 will be donated to mental health initiatives across Canada.
We are very excited to announce that the First Cameroonian Days of Mental Health took place from the 15th to the 17th of December 2015 in Yaounde. From our member in Cameroon:
The theme of the First Cameroonian Days of Mental Health was Issues of mental health : States and Perspectives and marks a more concrete development for the mental health system in Cameroon. Thanks to the efforts of the Ministry of Public Health in collaboration with the Foundation Nant from Switzerland and Mental health professionals.
The First Cameroonian Mental Health Days was an opportunity for Cameroonian health professionals and mental health trainers to say they exist. Human resources in mental health are insufficient compared to the need but the First Cameroonian Days gave opportunity for advocacy and was a scientific event. Several mental health professionals from all over Cameroon and abroad (Switzerland,Canada) attended the events. Mental health needs to be an essential priority in the elements for the Development of Cameroon and Cameroonians at Horizon 2035.
Following WHO’s 2013-2020 agenda with the inception of this new movement by mental health professionals, psychological associations and the present support of the Ministry of Public Health, mental health in Cameroon is surely going to be an essential element of public health in the years to come. This is an opportunity for all individuals , NGO’s working or interested in mental health in and abroad to bring their contribution to this very important sector of public health in Cameroon. The mental health needs of Cameroonians are very largely unmet.
I strongly believe too that , mental health information and mental health literacy are top educational priorities that should be envisaged in all areas and sectors of activities in Cameroon. Ignorance, that is lack of information and knowledge by health professionals , the general public and mental health professionals is a serious threat to the development of a robust mental health system. Especially that mental health issues are still considered something strongly linked to witch craft thus a great quantity of patients first go to the traditional doctor , then religious leaders before landing lately and unfortunately at the hospital. There is still a lot of stigmatization and discrimination surrounding persons living with a mental disorder this by family, at work, and in school. Psychotropics are extremely expensive and mental healthcare facilities extremely rare and when they exist unable to met adequately with the different needs of the patients and their families as well as the community. Mental healthcare and mental health information can save lives!
Mental Health Worker
HIFA Country Representative For Cameroon
Excellent interviews with our S. African member Charlene Sunkel and a mental health advocate from Ireland Gary Seery. Charlene has been a tireless advocate for mental health, especially individuals living with schizophrenia, for a very long time. Thank you SO much Charlene for your incredible work and thank you to all mental health advocates around the world!!
Interviews are from WHO – Mental Health Day – “Dignity: essential for recovery from mental health”
We are very excited to add a new member from Cameroon to our group here at Mental Health Worldwide!!
Our new member currently works as a school counsellor in a rural school and is a Master’s student in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology. Our new member wants to contribute in raising awareness on mental health issues in Cameroon. He is very interested in mental health promotion, mental health literacy and school mental health in Cameroon. He wants mental health development to boom in Cameroon and as such his advocacy work will be very important!
Previously posted mhGAP training videos have now been converted to YouTube videos so should be much easier to access for most people. Thank you to Dr. Sayed Aqueel Hussain for these training videos.
Go to the link below. Click on the “Resources” tab at the bottom (not top of page), then click on “Multi-Media” tab.
“Not Without Us” — Congratulations for an excellent film by Sam Avery and WNY Mental Health Peer Connection. This film continues to be recognized as it was just shown at a local Justice Film Festival. https://vimeo.com/62705552
“Nothing about us, without us” is a statement that was used during the drafting of the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) including psycho-social disabilities. The UN CRPD represents a shift from the medical model to social model where the disability does not lie within the person but the barriers created by the intersection of society and the person. “The social model of disability identifies systemic barriers, negative attitudes and exclusion by society (purposely or inadvertently) recognizing that society is the main contributory factor in disabling people”.
Mental Health Worldwide strongly advocates for the ratification and genuine implementation of the UN CRPD by all countries. Persons with psychosocial disabilities need to be included at all levels of society and directly involved in all policy, law and resources developed with regard to mental health.
Mental Health Worldwide is VERY pleased to share with you, two films produced by Thomson Reuters Foundation regarding Mental Health — one in China and one in India. Please see links below to view and please distribute widely!! Films are a fantastic way to increase awareness, reduce stigma and have a larger impact worldwide.
The first is ‘Shanghai Tulip: Breaking China’s Mental Health Taboo’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MafNnwbK7fQ) about Chen Wei, a former businessman who founded China’s first support group for people with mental health issues after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003.
The second is ‘Counsellors on Motorbikes Bring Depression Care to Homes in Goa’, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-O3QmBkeh0) about Sangath, an NGO that trains local people to become counsellors in order to close the so-called ‘treatment gap’ in the region, and provide help for people suffering from depression in their own homes. They help people with depression and reach out into the local community to raise awareness of the symptoms.
Training in mhGAP via webinar available Nov 7/15!! Please see link below to register.
Thank you to Dr. Sayed Aqeel Hussain for this link and his work in Kashmir, India (see link at end for more information on his mhGAP work in Kashmir).
From our members in Somaliland. The latest Human Rights Watch report on the continued practice of chaining, physical abuse and neglect for persons with disabilities. Mental Health and human rights violations continue to be severe. Unfortunately this situation continues to occur around the world. Resources are needed to make actual changes on the ground which are long overdue!!
See link below to access the full report:
Congratulations to our member organization in Ghana, MindFreedom Ghana, for a fantastic WEEK long celebration of World Mental Health Day 2015:
These photos are from a street march organised in Cape Coast, Central Region after which a national durbar to climax the event was held. The weeklong event commenced last Monday with a Press Launch, public lecture, open day for visits by the general public to all psychiatric facilities and meeting with traditional rulers. The event was organised under the aegis of the Mental Health Authority of Ghana with mostly NGOs in mental health in our country doing the planning and implementation. The Authority, donor partners and some companies provided the funding and logistic support to ensure the successful celebration of the event.