Welcome to the newsletter #9 for the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform
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International Forum on Promoting the Rights of Children with Mental and Intellectual Disabilities
The International Forum on Promoting the Rights of Children with Mental and Intellectual Disabilities, organized by the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform, will take place on the 6th and 7th November, in Lisbon.

During this Forum key global health leaders will present lectures on the rights of people with mental disabilities. Furthermore, a report on strategies to stop human rights violations of children with mental disabilities will be presented and discussed.

The Mind Rights Film Festival and its Award Ceremony will also be held during the Forum. The Mind Rights Film Festival, fostered and supported by the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, is a short film festival and international competition that focuses on showcasing cinematographic works that deal with mental health issues, in order to promote the rights of people with mental disorders. Learn more here and follow the Festival on Facebook.

You are cordially invited to attend this Forum. Admission is free, but please register here
Publication of three documents produced in collaboration with the World Health Organization
You may access below three technical documents recently published by the World Health Organization and the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform. These documents were presented and discussed during the International Forum on Innovation in Mental Health, held by the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform in Lisbon in October 2013.

The three documents, which incorporate the technical contributions from a large group of international experts in public mental health, cover the following topics:
  • Integrating the response to mental disorders and other chronic diseases in health care systems
  • Innovation in deinstitutionalization: a WHO expert survey
  • Social determinants of mental health

Strong links exist between mental disorders and other chronic diseases, not only with respect to their causes and consequences, but also in terms of their prevention and management. This thematic paper reviews these links as well as service delivery programmes that have integrated the treatment of mental disorders with other chronic diseases.

You may download the publication here.

Although community-based services are widely regarded as the best approach for providing mental health treatment and care, most low- and middle-income countries continue to spend the vast majority of their scarce mental health resources managing people with mental disorders in mental hospitals. For this paper,  78 mental health experts representing 42 countries were surveyed on the relative usefulness of different methods to expand community-based mental health services, and/or to downsize institution-based care.

You may download the publication here.

Good mental health is integral to human health and well being. A person’s mental health and many common mental disorders are shaped by various social, economic, and physical environments operating at different stages of life. This paper highlights effective actions to reduce risk of mental disorders throughout the life course, at the community level and at the country level. It includes environmental, structural, and local interventions.

You may download the publication here.

Mental health worldwide
Autism spectrum disorders & other developmental disorders.
A resolution on “Comprehensive and Coordinated Efforts for the Management of Autism Spectrum Disorders” was adopted by the World Health Assembly during its 67th session in May 2014.
High-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on Non-Communicable Diseases.
Last 10 and 11 July, the United Nations General Assembly convened a high-level meeting to assess the progress made in implementing the 2011 Political Declaration on NCDs, identify and address gaps and reaffirm the political commitment in response to the challenge of NCDs.
Seminar in Georgia in 2015.
During a meeting last 12 of June, it was agreed that a high level seminar will take place in Tbilisi in 2015 based on the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform/WHO documents “Innovation in deinstitutionalization: a WHO expert survey” and “Promoting rights and community living of children with psychosocial disabilities”.
Mental healthcare under-resourced in too many countries, says OECD.
Governments need to step up their efforts to improve mental health care which remains poorly resourced and under-prioritised in too many countries, according to a new OECD report.
Declaration on mental health in Africa: moving to implementation.
A declaration has been published on Global Health Action and an online petition has been launched to improve the mental health situation in Africa. You may read the paper and sign the petition here.
Campaign on #MentalHealthMatters launched ahead of International Youth Day.
The United Nations is running a campaign to draw awareness to the importance of reducing stigma surrounding youth with mental health conditions. The United Nations invites us to submit artwork, illustrations, photos and/or stories about the positive impact of speaking out about mental health issues.
Indonesian Mental Health Law passed after five years.
The House of Representatives has passed a law promising better treatment of people with mental illnesses and intellectual disability, including outlawing the shackling of sufferers — a common practice in Indonesia.
End Cage Beds.
Campaign of the Mental Disability Advocacy Center on the use of cage beds within many mental health and social institutions.
Mental health behaviour guidance to be issued to schools in UK.
New guidance helps teachers to identify bad behaviour from poor mental health.
Somalia mental health: one story of hope.
Last year, Channel 4 News filmed with Abdullahi, a mentally ill Somali man who had been in chains or 17 years. But one mental health nurse has changed his life forever.
Happy Days: Developing a Mental Health Policy Toolkit for Schools.
The European project Happy Days aims to help teachers, parents and students to create environments and develop attitudes that might help to improve mental health of young people in our schools.
See the child. Change the system.
UK children's charity, Kids Company, launched a campaign called See the Child Change the System, which aims to rethink children's social care and mental health services.
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