Tag Archives: mental health

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

Introduction:
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

10 pluses and 2 minuses for the World Mental Health Congress, 18-21 October 2011, Cape Town

With e few hundred other delegated from all over the world, I attended this 3 days biennial Global Mental Health Congress(WMHC2011), organized by the South African Federation of Mental Health(SAFMH) and the World Federation for Mental Health(WFMH). Besides 5 keynote lectures each day, there were 20 symposia, 21 free paper sessions, 16 workshops, 4 video-presentations and dozens meet-the-author poster sessions. 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

332 Mental Health NGOs/user-organizations around the World:

Attention: Due to time constraints, I was forced to stop updating this list by the end of 2016. The information will be outdated soon. Sorry, I hope you will find your information elsewhere on the internet.

Every week in2mentalhealth has been highlighting one mental health NGO/user-organization on the in2mentalhealth Facebook page. All the big/small/nearby/faraway organizations highlighted were listed below in a random order. Each with own challenges and accomplishments. 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?

Introduction:
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

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