in2mentalhealth closes down

picelephantgoodbyeDear in2mentalhealth visitor, reader, fan,

Somewhere in the last 6 years you visited and maybe started following the in2mentalhealth website. Thank you for that! Although being a blogger and admin was a great adventure and pleasure, I decided to quit updating and blogging recently. New updates on Twitter and Facebook will also be very limited from now on.

The first reason for my decision is that I don’t have enough time to continue with this work properly. I can’t keep up with all the new information and developments. I’m a clinical psychologist and my main and paid job is in an outpatient mental health clinic in the Netherlands. This exciting work, together with some study and local volunteering work, is consuming all my time and energy at this moment.
The other reason is that at the start of in2mentalhealth in 2010, there was hardly anything on global mental health and psychosocial support on the internet. I was one of the very first and few information brokers at that time. Nowadays you can find many interesting and valuable information and network sites and social media pages to visit and follow. The necessity to blog and circulate helpful information with the in2mentalhealth website has vanished over the last 6 years, which is actually good.

I still think that the new technologies like apps, SMS and internet, are not enough used in the field of global mental health and psychosocial support. Still some material is not free accessible on the internet (like the book ‘Where there is no Psychiatrist’). And still, for example, the WHO mhGAP Intervention Guide is not available on a smart phone and tablet app! These are still considerable annoyances for me. I hope my blog posts and updates in the last six years have contributed to some progress in this field, but still much has to been explored and developed. My hope, in this regard, is now on the new generation mental health workers, service users and policy makers. Maybe on you?

So, dear visitor, reader, fan, thank you so much for visiting my website and reading my blog posts and updates.

And I wish all of you a very good, healthy, inspiring and fruitful 2017!

Roos Korste, psychologist and international trainer, Netherlands

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Comments

  • Dr. Sam C. Obasi  On December 28, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to us and explain the reason for the sudden disappearance of that educative newsletter/blog: in2mentalhealth. Little did I know that the journal was just a blog. I saw the journal as one that is institutionalized and it served as a source of encouragement to me who though not a psychologist or psychiatrist had the job of superintending mental health programs in my organization. I am now so much in2mentalhealth that I am just looking for an opportunity to formerly do a postgraduate course in psychiatry to better position me to deliver on the job. I congratulate you on your multiple engagement in mental health activities. It takes passion to make a difference. Well done. Please, let’s keep in touch.
    Dr. Sam C. Obasi.

  • Jane Gilbert  On December 28, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Dear Roos,

    Just to say thank you for all your updates and information in the past. You did an amazing amount of work.

    I hope one day we may meet in person.

    Sending warm greetings and best wishes for 2017.

    Jane

    Jane Gilbert

    M.A., M.Sc (Clin Psych), C Pscyhol, AFBPsS

    Consultant Clinical Psychologist

    E mail: janegilbert@janegilbert.entadsl.com

    Tel: (44) (0)1768 898202

    Mob: (44) (0)7803790958

    Website: http://www.janegilbert.co.uk

    Skype:jane.gilbert88

    Bespoke Workshops – Cross Cultural Mental Health; Psychological Self Care; Counselling Skills

    Organisational Development – Mental Health Services, NGOs

    Evaluation – MHPSS Programmes

    Personal Development; Team Building; External Facilitation

  • Dr Haitham Assem  On December 28, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Many thanks to you rose
    You were very inspiring and such a hard worker.

  • युबराज अधिकारी  On December 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Dear Roos,
    I was so much inspired by you that I had started a self-help group in Nepal on the facebook. I am still sharing resources, training materials and everything that might help the MHPSS practitioners. As we live in two different worlds. Some of the basic but invaluable resources are still beyond the access of the practitioners who deliver services to the public, mainly in developing and underdeveloped countries. Resources, supervision, and exposure are still in need of the practitioners from the unprivileged areas of the world.
    I am happy that I have benefited from your site and learned so much.
    It’s unfortunate that you could not continue such a meaningful and supportive work. I wish for the prosperous days ahead in your professional and personal arena. Six years long contribution at individual effort is tremendous work. Thank you for your support and contribution to the Mental Health and Psychosocial world and professionals.
    With best,
    Yubaraj
    yadhikari@gmail.com

  • cerdichall  On December 28, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks Roos, the site has been an invaluable source of knowledge and interest. I look forward to meeting again. Best wishes Cerdic (cerdichall@hotmail.com)

  • Rathakrishnan Sivaneswararajah  On December 29, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Dear Roos,

    Your intention will be fulfilled by the inspired people, good initiatives last forever in any form and by different people.

    Thank you so much.

  • Abdul Manaf  On January 4, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Dear Ross,

    thanks for all your good work and for the commitment to this, It has been really good and sad to see that you are leaving from this, understandable reason though.

    i am sure the resources shared and leanings guided with your support would not get lost and will be used all over the world.
    thanks, warm regards.

    Manaf, Sri lanka.

  • Liz  On January 4, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Dear Roos,

    It was a pleasure meeting you in Kenya. It is true there is quite a lot of information online now, I still remember that as (early/late) as 2000 it was quite problematic for persons diagnosed with mental health conditions to find valuable information online (atleast as far as I was concerned) and it is really amazing and encouraging that now with the penetration of internet to many parts of the world, its easier now to connect and be informed on these matters.

    You’ve done a great job. All the best in your endeavours.
    Elizabeth, Kenya

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