Welcome to the newsletter #17 for the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform
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Gulbenkian Forum on Mental Health “Socioeconomic crises and mental health: from research to action”
The Gulbenkian Forum on Mental Health “Socioeconomic crises and mental health: from research to action” took place on the 24th and 25th November 2016, in Lisbon.
The aims of this 2-day Forum were to update the evidence on the effects of the economic crisis on mental health of the populations, to discuss the strategies that can be adopted to minimize the increased mental health risks of economic crisis, and to draw recommendations to Portugal and other countries interested in implementing these strategies.

You may access the recommendations, some photos and the presentation slides and videos of the Forum here and here.
Lisbon International Learning Program on Mental Health Policy and Services
As a new and innovative development of the International Master on Mental Health Policy and Services (NOVA University of Lisbon), in 2017 an International Learning Program will be organized for mental health leaders and professionals willing to develop public health skills in mental health policy and services, with a special emphasis on low- and middle-income countries.

The Lisbon International Learning Program integrates a series of short residential courses (2 or 3 days) focusing on the following areas:
     · Basic Epidemiology for Public Mental Health;
     · Reading and Understanding Scientific Literature (Randomized Clinical Trials and Meta-Analysis);
     · Global Mental Health and Prevention Strategies;
     · Implementation of innovative mental health promotion/prevention strategies and care delivery;
     · Strategies and Interventions for long term severe mentally disabled;
     · Rights of Persons with Mental Disability;
     · Rational Use of Psychotropic Drugs.

You may apply for the Program until the 28th February. Learn more here.
Download the program here
Mental health worldwide
Launch of World Health Day campaign "Depression: let’s talk".
World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization, provides us with a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme of 2017 World Health Day campaign is depression.
Check out Disability Rights International's work to protect the human rights of women and girls with disabilities.
Culture, context and mental health of Somali refugees.
This review’s aim is to provide information about the sociocultural background and contextual aspects of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of the Somali population.
World Report 2017: Demagogues threaten Human Rights.
The rise of populist leaders in the United States and Europe poses a dangerous threat to basic rights protections while encouraging abuse by autocrats around the world, Human Rights Watch said in launching its World Report 2017.
WHO Mental Health GAP Newsletter May 2016 November 2016.
You may read here the last mhGAP newsletter.
The United States Health Care Reform.
Barack Obama reviews the Affordable Care Act in JAMA an in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Group Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) for Depression.
This manual gives guidance on the use of interpersonal therapy (IPT) recommended by WHO as a possible first line treatment for depression.
Problem Management Plus (PM+).
This manual describes a scalable psychological intervention called Problem Management Plus (PM+) for adults impaired by distress in communities who are exposed to adversity.
At a loss for meds, Venezuela’s mentally ill spiral downward.
Amid the nation’s economic collapse, psychiatric hospitals are running out of medications, food and other supplies. Thousands of patients are drifting into despair and psychosis.
Iraq: MSF assists traumatised people from Mosul.
The teams, which include a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a community worker, offer consultations to patients suffering from severe depression, anxiety, acute stress reactions or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Half a million older people spend every day alone, poll shows.
In UK, half a million people over the age of 60 usually spend each day alone, with no interaction with others, and nearly half a million more commonly do not see or speak to anyone for five or six days a week.
How social isolation is killing us.
Research confirms our deepest intuition: human connection lies at the heart of human well-being.
Latest papers on Global Mental Health
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