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Recap of the Cultural Psychiatry and Global Mental Health Conference May 31st 2013

Last Friday, May 31th, I attended this one day conference, which was organized to mark the farewell of Joop de Jong as Professor at the VU University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Europe.
I hope the VU will publish the full text of the lecture of prof de Jong (‘Soul searching, a journey into global mental health’) online, but I can’t find it yet. So, here below are a few points he made in this farewell lecture.
Abstracts and bio’s of the other keynote speakers (Stevan Hobfoll, Devon Hinton and Vikram Patel), few forum speakers and chair (Daniel Botha, Mark van Ommeren), and the 21 symposium presenters are available online (26 pages pdf), together with the bio of prof de Jong. In the symposia a lot of qualitative/quantitative research and reports from all over the world. Continue reading

Global Mental Health and the 66th session of the World Health Assembly 20-28 May 2013

The World Health Assembly is the senior decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). It generally meets in May each year, and is attended by delegations from all 194 Member States. Its main function is to determine the policies of WHO. This week the 66th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) is taking place in Geneva. Continue reading

Where is Mental Health on the Global agenda’s? Vote!

Where is Mental Health in the NCDs (Non Communicable Diseases), the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals), the UHC (Universal Health Coverage) movement, or the Post-2015 Development Agenda? And what are the current developments in policies and the new Worldwide plans and priorities? And where can we exert our influence?
Harry Minas and Jan-Paul Kwasik have been writing an excellent article about this called ‘The Post-2015 Development Agenda’. Full text (about 2 pages) is available at the Movement for Global Mental Health website. Great read; in 5 minutes you are up to date.
They call for more action from stakeholders in global mental health too. They urge people to vote at the World We Want 2015 website: After signing up (make an account), click on ‘Add Your Voice’. Or at the My World 2015 website: Without signing up (so, you don’t have to make an account) choose 5 priorities from the list and important!: use the ‘suggest a priority (optional)’ at the bottom of the list of priorities. Here you can add ‘Mental Health’ as your number 6.