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WHO releases new guidelines for treating conditions related to stress, trauma and losses

Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse released 2 new guidelines, a news release and an article in the The Journal of the American Medical Association.

In the last couple of years, the WHO had received numerous requests for guidance for mental health care after trauma and loss. These 2 publications are the result of the work of dozens practitioners and organizations in the field, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Continue reading

UNITAR-EMDR Europe Conference Geneva in 25 Tweets:

‏This time together with UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), EMDR Europe organized it’s 14th annual conference in Geneva. This corporation with UNITAR resulted in a special track for UN and humanitarian agencies personal, with topics about work with refugees, with abused children, after natural disasters and in acute trauma, with people who were kidnapped, and with relief workers. 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

Join the new WHO Global Clinical Practice Network. Revision of the ICD-10.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is forming a global network of mental health professionals to help the development of the classification of Mental and Behavioral Disorders in next version of the International Classification of Diseases (the ICD-11), which is currently planned for publication in 2015.
The ICD is designed as a health care classification system like the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), but provides a system of diagnostic codes for all kind of diseases; it’s not limited to mental disorders.
Your participation in the Global Clinical Practice Network (GCPN) would involve reviewing materials, giving your feedback about ideas or concepts that are developing as part of the ICD-11 classification of mental disorders, or participating in specific types of field studies.
Registration for the GCPN takes 5 to 10 minutes, and is available in eight languages. As of March 2013, the GCPN has over 3500 members and they expect that number to grow up to 10,000 by mid-2013.
Their hope is to see the GCPN expand, beyond the ICD-11 development process, and develop into a useful collaborative and information-sharing tool in the future for mental health and primary care professionals world-wide.
Full Global Clinical Practice Network website will be coming soon. For info mail info@gcpmail.net

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.

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