Tag Archives: LMIC

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

15 Global Mental Health Information and Network Websites

Attention: Due to time constraints, I was forced to stop updating this list by January 2015. The information will be outdated soon. Sorry, I hope you will find your information elsewhere on the internet.

Some of the most (cost) effective ways to improve Mental Health and in Low and Middle Income Countries are:
-Free sharing and dissemination of knowledge and tools via the internet
-Concerted global advocacy and innovation activities
-Possibilities for workers service users to connect and network with others

There are a couple of very valuable websites that offer these things. Sites that build bridges between organizations and/or give voice to people in the field. Here is a list of 15 of them.

I will start with the most interactive websites and end with the more static ones: 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.

Introduction:
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

59 Fundraising Options for Global Mental Health

Attention: Due to time constraints, I was forced to stop updating this list by June 2015. The information will be outdated soon. Sorry, I hope you will find your information elsewhere on the internet.

It is a challenge for all sectors in Global Mental Health to get or safeguard finance. Think of anti-stigma campaigns, advocacy agencies, rehabilitation/housing projects, mental health care facilities, educations and research.
And this may require thinking outside the box of mental health and partnering on projects for disability, children, other vulnerable groups, human rights, emergency relief, chronic disease, science and development. Or trying to get small (micro) loans, get finance for a business, or try to win an award for certain achievements.

Offered here is a list of 59 funding or grant organizations, from the very small funding initiatives to the big global donors, from conventional funding to innovative online fundraising and loans. Continue reading

10 Global Mental Health Online Communities

February 2014:
This post is renewed. Please go to: 14 Global Mental Health Information and Network Websites

New text:
Some of the most (cost) effective ways to improve Mental Health and in Low and Middle Income Countries are:
-Free sharing and distributing of knowledge and tools via internet
-Concerted global advocacy and innovation activities
-Possibilities for workers and users to connect and network with others

There are a couple of very valuable websites that offer these things. Sites that build bridges between organizations and/or give voice to people in the field. Here is an update of 14 of them.

A few websites of the previous list are left out, because these websites are dormant (Society for Emotional Well-being Worldwide, World Network of users and Survivors of Psychiatry and the Mental Health Community). I added 7 other ones.

I will start with the most interactive websites and end with the more static ones: Continue reading

My 10 picks today: 2nd Summit of the Movement for Global Mental Health:

With more then 100 others I attended today, 17 October 2011, this one day summit in Cape Town, South Africa. Although I missed the very first part of the day (due to waiting cue for the registration) and the very last part (due to the desire to do some groceries before shops were closed), I followed all the other 25 presentations and 6 plenary discussions. 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

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

Most people with mental disorders in low income countries receive no treatment at all for their mental illnesses. The new technologies, like the internet and mobile devices, can solve part of this so called treatment gap. In ’10 good reasons’ the benefits of ICT in this global health field are clarified. 1: ICT is booming business, 2: Saving costs, 3: Reaching people, 4: Anticipating on globalization, 5: Raising awareness and fighting stigma, 6: Empowerment and independence, 7: Capacity building, 8: Global knowledge sharing, 9: Bottom up and demand driven, 10: Standardized and easy access of info. Continue reading