"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..."
*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)