4. Perspectives

1. SMS-SOS
 
"For any social movement, flexibility and trust are vital to bind its diverse communities to a central goal.
The [Movement for Gobal Mental Health's] members believe that a selfless moral struggle
built on a partnership of professionals and civil society is essential to mutually strengthen
all global mental health communities." Patel, Collins, Copeland, Kakuma, Katontoka, Lamichhane, Naik, and Skeen.
The Movement for Global Mental Health, British Journal of Psychiatry, 2011, 198: 88-90; doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.109.074518
 
I have poured over this quote many times, focusing mostly on the need for "selfless moral struggle" in order to work effectively together. I abbreviate this phrase as "SMS" and then liken it to an SMS text being sent to all of our colleagues in global health and related areas. I also liken it to an SOS message being sent to all the world regarding the urgent need to scale up mental health resources on behalf of humans with MNS conditions and others in dire need of psychosocial support. So, keep these two linked terms in mind--SMS and SOS--as you partner with others for human health. And if you want, keep them in mind as you watch this vintage song by Sting, originally released in 1978, "Message in A Bottle."  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OyfpS6pEcQ  "It seems I'm are not alone in being alone..."
 
Kelly O'Donnell
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2. Viewpoints 
*Beyond Evidence: The Moral Case for International Mental Health (Patel, Saraceno, and Kleinman, American Journal of Psychiatry, 163:8, August 2006).
*GMH and its Discontents (a summary of conference/workshop at McGill University in July 2012 on GMH: Bridging the Perspectives of Cultural Psychology and Public Health)

*Justice and well-being (Isaac Prilleltensky; presented at the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association, Ottawa, 20 May 2011). Power point presentation: click here

*World Medical Association, Declartaion of Geneva, comparing the original 1948 and current 2006 versions (there are several adjustments)

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3. More Maps

Do We Need More Maps?
To begin, it would be helpful to identify (or develop) a "GHmap for mhGAP." In other words, how can we relate Global Mental Health (GMH), as typified by the WHO mhGAP program, to the broader domain of Global Health (GH). Taking this a step further, we understand that world problems are, as stated in the inaugural issue of the International Perspectives in Psychology, "imbedded in economic, environmental, political, and social contexts" (August 2011, inside cover). World problems of course also include problems addressed within the overlapping doamins of GMH and GH. Hence, utilizing (or developing) a "macro map" as a contextual grid for GMH-GH could be very handy indeed. Such a macro map would seem to be a core pervue of the area of International Relations, a broad field of study which is currently very popular in academic settings. So at the bradest
And More Maps (Guidelines)?
Perhaps a fourth map is also necessary which would be more of a personal map of values which guide our work in GMH. It could inlcude a individual's demarcation of personal ethical principles and personal moral convictions which we aspire to emulate. Related to this personal map is another map--a consensually-derived ethical map for GMH. One related example that crosses national boundaries is the 2008 Universal Declaration of Principles for Psychologists endorsed by the International Union of Psychological Science and the Intenrationa lAssociation of Applied Psychology (four principles: respect for the dignity of persons and peoples, competent caring for the well-being of persons and peoples, integrity, and professional and scientific responsibility to society. A related consensually-derived document to also review is the 2007 Principles of Partnership by the Global Humanitarian Platform, a group which brings together United Nations and non-United Nations humanitarian organizations (five principles: equality, transparency, result-orientated approach, responsibility, complementarity).
See also the World Association of Non-Governmental Organization's Code of Ethics and Conduct for NGOs (2004).
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