Welcome to the newsletter #12 for the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform
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Mental health worldwide
First WHO Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia.

On 16 and 17 March 2015, the World Health Organization will be hosting its first Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia. Ministers from around the world, as well as experts from the research, clinical and NGO communities, are being invited to come together for the first time to discuss the global problems posed by dementia.

The aim of the conference is to raise awareness of the socio-economic burden created by dementia, and to highlight that this burden can be reduced if the world collectively commits to placing dementia high on the global public health agenda.
Fifth “Forgotten Europeans” event focuses on rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities.
On 16 and 17 October 2014, OHCHR’s Regional Office for Europe organized in Brussels its fifth annual event dedicated to “Forgotten Europeans” – groups of rights holders who are often left out of mainstream human rights discussions. The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Dainius Puras, highlighted that human rights considerations should always come first in mental health care.
Disability Rights International research reveals shocking abuses against women with disabilities in Mexico City.
Disability Rights International (DRI) released a groundbreaking report, Abuse and Denial of Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women with Psychosocial Disabilities in Mexico, the result of a study by DRI and the Women's Committee of the Colectivo Chuhcan - the first advocacy group in Mexico run by people with psychosocial disabilities.
5th International conference on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Pakistan.
The Pakistan Association of Cognitive Therapists organized the international conference “CBT: Beyond the boundaries” in Peshawar, on 20th & 21st of December, 2014. Shared by Muhammad Irfan, collaborative member of the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform.
Ethiopia’s first National Mental Health Symposium calls for reform.
To respond to the increasing mental health needs in Ethiopia, the National Mental Health Symposium held in August 2014 called for a reform of the country’s mental health services.
WHO Programme on Reducing the Epilepsy Treatment Gap.
To help defeat the disorder, the WHO Programme on Reducing the Epilepsy Treatment Gap seeks to expand the skills of primary care, non-specialist health care providers to diagnose, treat and follow up with people with epilepsy.
Introducing School Mental Health in Ethiopia.
Mental health services are virtually non-existent for Ethiopia children. This project will train teachers and parents of 5,000 children from disadvantaged homes in the Addis Ababa region in the prevention, early detection and management of mental and behavioural problems.
WHO Mental Health GAP Newsletter January 2015.
Read the last mhGAP newsletter.
New reports on mental health and wellbeing in children and on dementia.
The World Innovation Summit for Health has released new reports from the 2015 Forums on several global health issues.
Don't forget health when you talk about human rights.
Human Rights Watch released World Report 2015, their 25th annual global review documenting human rights practices in more than 90 countries and territories in 2014.
Mental health and human rights in Uganda.
Two reports, conducted by Mental Health Uganda and the Mental Disability Advocacy Center, document the human rights abuses that people with mental health issues experience in Ugandan communities, and the findings from the first human rights monitoring of psychiatric facilities in Uganda.
Voodou Priests And Doctors Are On The Frontline Of Haiti's Mental Health Care.
The earthquake highlighted the urgent need to address mental health but this has been a demanding task in a country with only around 10 psychiatrists for a population of 10 million.
Why Cambodians Never Get 'Depressed'.
Culture affects how people understand and express mental disorders, and it is crucial to listen and understand patients in order to provide them mental health care.
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