Category Archives: in2mentalhealth Blog Posts

(about capacity building, country profiles, recovery models, elearning, ict4d)

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

The ‘better prognosis hypothesis’ for schizophrenia in poor countries. Is it the medication?

Glenn Brady The Schizophrenic, the bipolar and the manic-depressive

Glenn Brady The Schizophrenic, the bipolar and the manic-depressive

Since decades the ‘better prognosis hypothesis’ keeps looming in international research and debates. It’s the assumption, or conclusion, from international research, that outcomes for schizophrenia are better in developing countries compared with developed countries.. Continue reading

Is Global Mental Health ready for Education 3.0?

An exciting journey along recent innovations and developments in education, and a plea for a shift in the teaching/training approach in the global mental health.

The problem: All low income countries face a huge shortage of mental health care staff. There are even countries with no or only one psychiatrist and some without any specialized mental health care provider. That’s why capacity building in this sector is one of the main challenges.

photo from CORDAID mental health capacity building session in Haiti, 2011

photo from CORDAID mental health capacity building session in Haiti, 2011

But most NGOs and education institutes in this field still have a strong ‘bricks and mortar’ and 1.0 education approach, where there is a one-way dissemination of knowledge from teacher/trainer to student/health worker with books/manuals and lectures/slides. Where scaling up capacity building means distributing more manuals/books and the deployment of more trainers and tutors.
I don’t think we can solve the immense workforce gap in mental health if we keep on focusing on this 1.0 education. Continue reading

Eight encounters with Mental Health care Kenya

In January 2013, I had the opportunity to extent my stay in Kenya, after providing a MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières, Doctors Without Borders) mental health and basic counseling training for a group of Somali nurses in Nairobi. After these 2 weeks training I arranged a couple of visits and interviews with people working in, or using/surviving, mental health services in Kenya Continue reading

Empowerment, Identity and Hope. Recovery and Peer/User-led models in Global Mental Health

A review of Recovery and Peer/User-led theories/projects/stories worldwide in:
10 organization-examples
10 inspiring videos
10 recovery models/theories
10 relevant documents Continue reading

A wake up SMS for Global Mental Health: mhealth in 40 short videos

What’s mobile health, text messages for life, text for change, Ushahidi, FrontlineSMS, Epysurveyor, M-Pesa? How does a SMS-computer interface work? How to send bulk messages, an automatic response SMS? And what do SMS polls and quizzes look like?
And what’s this got to do with Global Mental Health? Continue reading

Still waiting for the wedding! 10 good reasons for a marriage between Global Mental Health and the New Technologies

Although the developments in the new technologies (or ICT, information and communication technology) are leapfrogging and even difficult to keep up, the implementations of ICT in the global mental health sector seem still crawling. Continue reading

How to convey the new WHO Mental Health Intervention Guide to workers in the field?

What will be the most easy and most effective way to reach and train health workers in the field about mental health treatments? Now we have the WHO mhGAP Intervention Guide, but how to get this guide implemented in all the corners of the world? Printed on paper? Via the internet? Smartphones? SMS and voice platforms? Here’s an overview of what is possible and seems necessary. Continue reading

Challenges in Mental Health care Tanzania; what can eLearning add?

Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world with an astonishing shortage in mental health care. And Tanzania hosted the big eLearning-Africa 2011 summit, with all modern cyber techniques exposed and discussed. Do this two facts merge? What can mental health in Tanzania gain with these new technologies in education?

This article is a result of my 7 day trip to Tanzania in May 2011. I attended the eLearning-Africa summit in Dar Es Salaam and visited several organizations in Tanzania in the field of mental health and education: Continue reading

Can eLearning boost the Mental Health capacity in low income countries?

More then 239.000 extra mental health workers are needed in the South and only 54,5% of the low income countries have psychiatric training facilities! How to fill this gap?
In this article possible eLearning applications in 4 mental health capacity areas in low income countries are investigated. With figures, examples and links the current state of art will be presented. A conclusion will be given (‘Yes, it can’) as well as recommendations for the future.
Discussions, comments and additions are very welcome! Continue reading