Stay current with GMH developments.
Continue to develop your "GMH connections and contributions."
Just Posted: Hidden Pictures Project. The first short video features the work of Vikram Patel in India, recruiting and training community members to provide basic counseling.
Just Posted: Currently there are at least five GMH edited volumes, full of materials useful for practice, policy, health systems, advocacy, training, etc. These are: GMH: Trauma and Recovery (2011, edited by Richard Mollica); 21st Century GMH (2012, edited by Eliot Sorel); and GMH: Principles and Practice (2013, edited by Vikram Patel, Harry Minas, Alex Cohen, and Martin Prince), Public Mental Health: Global Perspectives (2013, edited by Lee Knifton and Neil Quinn), and Improving Mental Health Care: The Global Challenge (2013, edited by Graham Thornicroft, Mirella Rugeri, and David Goldberg)
Coming soon:The special GMH issue from Intervention: International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work, and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict and Psychology Serving Humanity: Proceedings of the 30th International Congress of Psychology (Volume One: Majority World Psychology; Volume Two: Western Psychology).
Just Posted: WHO Resolution 134 R8 (24 January 2014). Contributing to social and economic development: Sustainable action across sectors to improve health and health equity (follow-up of the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion) http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB134/B134_R8-en.pdf ["Recognizing that a number of mental disorders can be prevented and that mental health can be promoted in the health sector and in sectors outside health and that global support is necessary for national and local work on mental health and development, including through the Mental Health Action Plan and the WHO MINDbank;"]
Just Posted: WHO MINDbank Online Platform (launched on the occasion of Human Rights Day, 10 December 2013 and on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;. This tool "brings together a range of country and international resources, covering mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health, human rights and development. These include policies, strategies, laws, and service standards." It is part of the WHO QualityRights Project and supports the WHO Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020).
Just Posted: The Core Humanitarian Standard (draft from 9 December 2013 "...supports humanitarian actors to apply fundamental humanitarian and human rights principles, improve the quality and effectiveness of assistance, and bring greater accountability to communities and people affected by disaster." Consultative input is requested through March 2014. For more information: email@example.com)
Just Posted: International Council of Nurses. (2007). Occupational health and safety management programme for nurses. Geneva: Author. ["Nurses are the principal group of health care personnel providing primary health care at all levels and maintaining links between individuals, families, communities and the rest of the health care system. Working with other members of the health care team and other sectors or on their own, nurses explore new and better ways of keeping well, or improving health and preventing disease and disability. Nurses improve equity and access to health care and add quality to outcome of care." page 7] http://www.icn.ch/images/stories/documents/publications/guidelines/guideline_occupationalhealth.pdf
Recently Posted: Positon Statement on Mental Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda (Movement for Global Mental Health, September 2013)
Recently Posted: GMH Week+ Geneva: Connecting-contributing via a strategic week of events/activities (3-11 October 2013)
3-4 October: Webster University’s Psychology/Counselling Conference--Ties that Heal (existential, interpersonal, neurobiological pathways to healing)
3-4 October: Geneva colleagues will be joining with many others from around the world for the International Forum on Innovation in Mental Health, Lisbon (this is the first technical meeting of the Gulbenkian GMH Platform)
8 October: Working Consultation—Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Low Resource Countries (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, NGO Forum for Health, USAID Victims of Torture Fund, WHO Collaborating Center on Mental Health of the University of Geneva—Department of Psychiatry) click here for flyer
8 October: Knitting the Net (informal dinner event for developing GMH connections and sharing GMH reflections)
9 October: MHPSS in Emergencies: How Do the Existing Guidelines Help Practical Applications Across Sectors? (IASC event convened at the United Nations, focussing on th IASC 2007 MHPSS guidelines in emergency settings and subsequent materials for different users/settings)
10 October: Hidden Pictures part of the worldwide film screening and World Mental Health Day (Webster University, co-organised with the NGO Forum for Health; click here for more information on the Webster University screening and the poster for the Webster University screening; note that the theme this year for WMHD is Mental Health and Older Adults; click here to see the list of previous WMHD themes since the first one in 1992)
11 0ctober: Breaking the Chains of People with Mental Illness in Indonesia (film screening at WHO)
Recently Posted: Investing in Mental Health: Evidence for Action (WHO, September 2013, 36 pages)
Recently Posted: GMH Forum: Sustainable Development through Global Action--The Case for Investing in Mental Health (hosted by the Centre for Global Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London--27,28 September 2013).
Recently Posted:: Building Back Better: Sustainable Mental Health Care after Emergencies (WHO publication launched in Geneva on International Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2013; three broad emphases: crises as opportunities to develop mental health care, 10 national case examples, lessons learnt). Click here to view the powerpoint for Building Back Better (presented at the August launch, WHO Geneva)
Recently Posted: GMH: A Resource Map for Connecting and Contributing (keynote/powerpoint presentation at the Nordic WHO Simulation Conference, Copenhagen, 7 August 2013--a GMH overview including six short video links; click here for the handouts)
Recently Posted: Two International Courses on Mental Health (MH Law and HR-- India; MH Policy and Services--Portugal)
Recently Posted: Some Core Resources for GMH Orientation (updated)
Recently Posted: WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 (final version, 27 May 2013)
Recently Posted: Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health (five-part series of articles in PLOS Medicine focusing on integrating mental health into other health care platforms, emerging from the 2012 NIMH workshop "Grand Challenges in GMH"; open access online)
EMDR with Survivors of Mass Disaster and the WHO Global Mental Health-Action Plan
[Special side event on the occasion of the 66th World Health Assembly
Tuesday 21 May 2013, 12:00-13:30; United Nations Geneva—NGO Resource and Service Centre]
New Responses to a Challenge for Governments, UN Agencies and Civil Society
6-8 June 2013 Geneva, in/around the Centre International de Conférences Genève
Note: EMDR was recently recommended by WHO as a new treatment option for trauma, in addition to cognitive behaviour therapy..
Recently Posted: Mental Health: Breaking Down Barriers (10 articles). This is the special theme of the March-April 2013 issue of Health Progress (Volume 94, number 2, Catholic Health Association of the United States).
Recently Posted: Three GMH updates related to UN/WHO--GMH Action Plan, NCD Action Plan, Sustainable Developmental Goals.
Recently Posted: Global Mental Health Special Issue, International Health (March 2013--three of the 11 GMH articles are available online for free, Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene)
Recently Posted: The Human Development Report 2013--The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. This is the annual report from the UN Development Program. The Overview section is easy to review, especially in light of busy schedules!
Recently Posted: The World in Denial? Global Mental Health Matters (conference, 26-27 March in London, Royal Society of Medicine)
Flourishing (MCA Resource Update, February 2013, with perspectives/resources from Positive Psychology on happiness/well-being)
New Action Plan Could be a Turning Point in GMH (GlobalPost, 28 Janaury 2013)
a. Brief summary of the WHO-Executive Board meeting on the GMH-Action Plan, 22 January 2013 b. Highlights by WHO of the comments from the Executive Board meeting
Hidden Pictures: The Underexposed World of GMH (trailer for a film on the human faces/realities of GMH--coming winter 2013)
Like a Death Sentence (Human Rights Watch, on the negative aspects of HR and MH in Ghana--simple report and full version plus brief video, 2 October 2012)
No Health Without Mental Health: Lessons Unlearned (an article consisting of five cogent paragraphs in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, January 2013--91: 3-3A)
Inter-Agency Guide to the Evaluation of Psychosocial Programmes in Humanitarian Crises (UNICEF et al.)
Primary Care, Mental Health and Public Health Integration: The Catalytic Role of Communication/Information Technology --10-13 April 2013, WPA Regional Congress , Bucharest
Special post: "The ‘zero draft’ Global Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 (English and French) is now ready for review and comments. TheAction Plan was requested by the 65th World Health Assembly in Resolution WHA65.4 on The global burden of mental disorders and the need for a comprehensive, coordinated response from health and social sectors at the country level."
(WHO et al, 2012, eight page summary)
(International Perspectives in Psychology: Resarch, Practice, Consultation, 2012, Volume 1, Issue 3). Note: This is the foundational research article for the intial development of the GMH-Map website.
Special post: 21st Century Global Mental Health,
(Edited by Eliot Sorel and available September 2012 from Jones and Bartlett Learning)
Note: This is the first text of its kind in the GMH domain, intended for graduate public health students, educators, and practitioners.
Note: See also the Listing of WMHD Themes from 1992-2012.
1. Here are some suggestions for newsletters-updates:
2. Some recent materials (2011-2012):
Masters degree programmes in Global Mental Health (starting August/September 2012):
2. University of Glasgow (GMH)
3. Univeridade Nova de Lisbao, Faculty of Medical Sciences, MH Department (Mental Health Policy and Services)
4. Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (Counseling Psychology/GMH)
**Grand Challenges for Global Mental Health, (July 2011)
Pamela Collins et al, NIMH et al, Nature, Volume 475, 7 July 2011, pp. 27-30
**The Global Economic Burden of Non-communicable Diseases (September 2011--with a significant emphasis on MH)
World Economic Forum and Harvard School of Public Health
**Research Priorities for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Settings (September 2011)
Tol et al, PLoS Medicine
**2011 Mental Health Atlas (October 2011)
World Health Organisation
**Lancet series on Global Mental Health (October 2011, four comments and six papers in this 2nd special sissue on GMH)
**Special issue on GMH (January-Febraury 2012, eight articles)
Harvard Review of Psychiatry
**Global Mental Health: A Resource Primer for Exploring the Domain
(International Perspectives in Psychology: Resarch, Practice, Consultation (2012, Voluume 1, Issue 3)
(Note: This is the foundational research article for the intial development of the GMH-Map website).
**PLoS Medicine series/call for GMH case studies to illustrate how GMH is practiced in a variety of contexts in view of public health and clinical approaches.
World Health Organisation, War Trauma Foundation, World Vision International
** Access to the World of Psychology (Psychology International, March 2012)
**GMH--Finding Your Niches and Networks (Psychology International, March 2012)
**Global Mental Health: A Resource Map for Connecting and Contributing (Psychology International, July 2011)
Kelly O'Donnell, Psychology International, 22(2), pp. 4-6.
**Twelve Critical Issues for Mental Health Professionals Working with Ethno-Culturally Diverse Populations (October 2011)
Anthony Marsella, Psychology International, 22(3), pp. 7-10.
**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)
**Integrating Primary Care, Mental Health, and Public Health (European and American Perspectives--Symposium at American Psychiatric Association annual meeting, 7 May 2012). [Note: See the info on the World Psychiatric Association's Regional Congress in Bucharest 10-13 April 2013 on this same topic with a focus on Southeast Europe and Eurasia.]
****PLoS Medicine series/call for GMH case studies to illustrate how GMH is practiced in a variety of contexts in view of public health and clinical approaches.
Declarations and Statements:
**Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health (21 October 2011)
World Health Organisation
**Cape Town Declaration (16 October 2011)
Pan African Network of People with Psychosocial
** Mental Health and the Scope of Noncommunicable Diseases
Joint Statment to the UN High-level Meeting on Noncommunicable Disease Prevcention and Control (19-20 September 2011)
NGO Forum for Health (Geneva) and NGO Committee on Mental Health (New York)
**A United Nations General Assembly Special Session for Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use Disorders: The Time Has Come (17 January 2012)
Judith Bass et al, PLoS Medicine, 9(1): e1001159. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001159
** Resolution on the Global Burden of Mental Disorders and the Need for a Comprehensive, Coordinated Response from Health and Social Sectors at the Country Level (World Health Assembly--WHO, 25 May 2012)
WHO Executive Board (passed at the WHO World Health Assembly 22 May 2012)
WHO QualityRights Project--Toolkit lauched 15 June 2012 (goals: improve the quality and human rights conditions in mental health and social care facilities; empower civil society organization to advocate for the rights of people with mental and psychosocial disabilities)
Interested in multimedia materials? Try some of these recent items.
Some are more mainstream and some are more divergent:
GMH Online Communities:
(This blogside provides information "from and between mental health workers, NGO's, institutes, and others who are interested in improving mental health in low and middle income countries.")