Welcome to the newsletter #6 for the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform
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International Forum on Innovation in Mental Health
The first Gulbenkian Platform technical meeting took place on the 3rd and 4th October 2013, in Lisbon.

The Forum focused on the documents produced in collaboration with the World Health Organization about the links between mental disorders and noncommunicable diseases, about innovations in mental health care and about social determinants of mental health. The objective of this public meeting was to present and discuss the results of these three reports, to generate cross fertilization between groups of experts involved in their production, and to allow key global mental health leaders to present lectures on these issues.

You may access here the presentation slides, the presentation videos and some photos of the Forum.
The final versions of the three documents that were presented and discussed during the Forum will be available in the first quarter of 2014.
Mental health worldwide
WHO Director-General launches the Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020.
WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, described the Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 as a landmark achievement: it focuses international attention on a long-neglected problem and is firmly rooted in the principles of human rights. The action plan calls for changes. It calls for a change in the attitudes that perpetuate stigma and discrimination, which have isolated people since ancient times; and it calls for an expansion of services in order to promote greater efficiency in the use of resources.
WHO Consultation on Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disorders.
The consultation on “Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disorders: from awareness raising to capacity building,” took place on 16-18 September 2013 at the World Health Organization, Geneva. Sérgio Gulbenkian attended this meeting as a member of the Steering Committee of the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform.
U.S. Administration issues final mental health and substance use disorder parity rule.
Health plans must provide the same level of coverage for mental health and substance use disorder services as they do for medical and surgical treatment, according to new federal regulations.
Mental health and psychosocial support programme in Libya.
A new mental health programme led by the Ministry of Health and WHO, based within the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC/MOH), is set to transform Libya’s institution-based approach to a community-based approach to mental health care, making mental health services available to the most remote and under-served areas of the country.
Psychiatry as a tool for coercion in post-Soviet countries.
Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union there have been repeated reports of a renewed use of psychiatry for political purposes. In this study, requested by the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights, Robert Van Voren analyses the current situation in mental health care in the former USSR.
Improving inpatient mental health care in the UK.
report by the House of Commons Health Committee assesses the Mental Health Act 2007 for England and Wales. It shows that compulsory detentions under the 2007 Mental Health Act have increased—from 42 208 detentions in England in 2008–09 to 44 894 in 2011–12—leading to severe pressure on beds in mental health units.
Mental health bill set to revolutionise care in India.
India’s “groundbreaking” Mental Healthcare Bill 2012 has been approved by the country’s cabinet, and is just a parliamentary nod away from being enacted.
Yerevan Declaration of “Cooperation for Improving Mental Health”.
This Declaration was signed by the leaders of five world organizations committed to mental health care convened on August 30, 2013, in Yerevan, during the Thematic Conference of the World Psychiatric Association on “Mental Health and Mental Illness: focusing on Eurasia”. 
Call for Case Studies/ Llamdo para Estudios de Caso/ Cherche Études de Cas.
The Global Health Watch coordinating group calls for case studies and testimonies to be included in the 4th issue of the Watch, which is officially scheduled for release in October, 2014.

"A call for an international apology from all psychiatric professions and services to all indigenous peoples: Starting by making the case for all australian mental health professions, institutions and services to apologise to all aboriginal and torres strait islands peoples".
Orphanages are no place for children.
The Washington Post published an Op-Ed written by Disability Rights International’s President Laurie Ahern calling for a paradigm shift in how the world acts to protect vulnerable children. You may here watch Disability Rights International video.
Where hyenas are used to treat mental illness.
Somalia has one of the highest rates of mental illness in the world and with a healthcare system devastated by years of war, most sufferers receive no medical help. Many are chained up - to trees or at home. Some are even locked in cages with hyenas. But one man is trying to change all that.
Ex-Patients Police Mexico’s Mental Health System.
The New York Times published an article profiling the Colectivo Chuhcan, Mexico’s first human rights advocacy organization led by persons with psychiatric disabilities. Disability Rights International established the Colectivo in 2011 and helped the group spin off as an independent human rights organization.
Where Mental Asylums Live On.
A Weekly Review article by John Rudolph in New York Times "Where Mental Asylums Live On" describes the global challenge of bringing an end to abuse and segregation of children and adults in psychiatric facilities. The article highlights Disability Rights International's (DRI) work in Guatemala and DRI's victory this week at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
The Human Rights of People with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness.
We republished the chapter “The Human Rights of People with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness”, written by Alan Rosen, Tully Rosen and Patrick McGorry. This material was originally published in Mental Health and Human Rights edited by Michael Dudley, Derrick Silove, and Fran Gale and has been reproduced by permission of Oxford University.
Building Back Better: Sustainable Mental Health Care after Emergencies.
A new WHO report provides guidance for strengthening mental health systems after emergencies and examples from Afghanistan, Burundi, Indonesia (Aceh Province), Iraq, Jordan, Kosovo, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, and West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Happy Days: promoting positive mental health for young people.
The Happy Days Project aims to promote mental health, positive environment and happiness in schools, school communities, students and teachers.
The Lancet Psychiatry.
Launching in 2014, The Lancet Psychiatry will be an international, multidisciplinary general psychiatry journal promoting the improvement of, and advocacy for, mental health throughout the life course, through the dissemination of high-quality review, research, and opinion.
Training programmes
The Mental Health Leadership and Advocacy Programme for Anglophone West Africa is a five year capacity building project for mental health leaders and advocates in the five English speaking West Africa states (Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Gambia).
The Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University aims to provide a wide range of academic and practical experiences for students and professionals at varying stages of their education and career.
The Centre for Public Mental Health, a joint initiative of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town and the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, offers courses by distance learning, relevant and accessible to full-time working health and development professionals.
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