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Welcome to the newsletter #15 for the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform
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Seminar "Integrating mental health & chronic non-communicable disorders"
The Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, co-organised on November 13-15 2015, in India, an international seminar to discuss the integration of mental health care and chronic diseases in health care systems, with the support of the World Health Organization. Other organisational partners were the World Health Organization, South East Asia, New Delhi; Ministry of Health, India; State Ministries of Health; Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi; National NGO's; representatives from Ministries of Health of Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Maldives; and international experts.

The seminar was attended by about 150 participants, including mental health professionals, Ministry officials, researchers, and users from the SAARC countries (from Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka).

The discussion was based on two working documents: the document “Integrating the response to mental health disorders and other chronic diseases in health care systems”, co-produced by the World Health Organization and the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform; and the technical document “Integrating mental health care & chronic non-communicable disorders”, a background document about the India context prepared by the NIHMANS for this seminar.

Based on these documents and after three days of discussion in the plenary sessions and in the small working groups, the participants at the seminar agreed on several recommendations about effective strategies to integrate the response to mental disorders and other chronic diseases in the health care system. These recommendations will form the basis for a comprehensive and realistic action plan for the prevention of chronic diseases and mental disorders in India, to be published soon.

Final Conference of the EU Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing
The Final Conference of the Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing (JA MH-WB), held in Brussels on 21-22 January 2016, presented the opportunity to discuss progress made over the past three years and to hold a debate on the European Framework for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing, the most important outcome of this initiative.

According to the situational analysis made by the Joint Action, significant advances took place in Europe in public mental health in the recent years. Yet, important challenges remain to be effectively addressed and in most countries mental health policies have not been fully implemented.

Around 175 people participated and 22 countries were represented during the two days of the conference. The conference had participation of important stakeholders and governmental representatives from the mental health field at the European level and several organisations and political individualities were invited to give their perspectives.
Gulbenkian Summer Course on Global Health and Health Diplomacy
The Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health, in collaboration with the Nova Medical School, Nova University of Lisbon, and the Swiss School of Public Health, will organise the Gulbenkian Summer Course on Global Health and Health Diplomacy on 20-24 June 2016, in Lisbon.

The goal of the 2016 Summer Course is to provide an updated and solid understanding about the main topics and challenges of the new disciplines of Global Health and Health Diplomacy.

Participants will learn how to analyse the implications of major challenges of Global Health and the processes of negotiations leading to international health related agreements. The training activities will provide the key elements for understanding the major underlying determinants of poor health and the relationship between health and political, social, and economic development with an emphasis on low and middle-income countries. 
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Mental health worldwide
Mental health included in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Promoting mental health and well-being, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, are integral parts of the Sustainable Development Agenda to transform our world by 2030 adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015. 
“Growing up in conflict: the impact on children’s health and psychosocial wellbeing”
The final report on the symposium “Growing up in conflict: the impact on children’s health and psychosocial wellbeing”, hosted by UNICEF in partnership with the Government of the Netherlands in The Hague on 26th and 27th May 2015, is now available.
WHO Mental Health GAP Newsletter January 2016
You may read here the last mhGAP newsletter.
WB/WHO meeting: Out of the shadows - Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority.
In April 2016, the World Bank Group and the World Health Organization will co-host a high-level meeting on global mental health, with a focus on depression and anxiety, to coincide with the 2016 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.
World Report 2016: ‘Politics of Fear’ Threatens Rights.
In its World Report 2016, Human Rights Watch concludes that the politics of fear led governments around the globe to roll back human rights during 2015. Fear of terrorist attacks and mass refugee flows are driving many Western governments to roll back human rights protections.
Global Mental Health Communications Toolkit.
The Global Mental Health Communications Toolkit aims to help global mental health researchers communicate their findings to their stakeholders. The toolkit is a pulling together of the experience working in development communications across the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Replacement of the Brazilian mental health national coordinator with a former director of one of the dreaded psychiatric hospitals in Latin America.
The new Brazilian minister of health has nominated as new national coordinator a psychiatrist representing the most conservative psychiatry based on asylums. This nomination triggered national and international support to defend the reform and the movement "luta antimanicomial".
Mental health services scaled up in Syria.
Mental health services are becoming more widely available than ever before to the Syrian people in spite of conflict in the country. In the January issue of the WHO Bulletin, Dale Gavlak reports on how this was accomplished, and the impact on the people of Syria.
"My liver is bleeding": life inside an Afghan psychiatric hospital.
"My liver is bleeding", a local saying meaning "I am unhappy", is a familiar refrain among patients at the Alemi neuro-psychiatric hospital, Afghanistan’s first private clinic, in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. After nearly 40 years of on-off war, mental illness is widespread, but facilities to help patients are few.
Somaliland faces "explosion" of mental health conditions.
Communities struggle with the cultural and financial challenges of mental illness, and in under-resourced private clinics, patients are routinely chained.
Open source app takes on Ebola and mental health in Liberia.
In Liberia, a new open source app is used to the mental health issues that have arisen in the aftermath of the epidemic due to displacement and abandonment.
Programs Expand Schizophrenic Patients’ Role in Their Own Care.
Over the past several years, a number of US states have set up programs emphasizing supportive services, like sustained one-on-one therapy, school and work assistance, and family education, as well as medication. The therapists work to engage each patient as an equal partner in decisions — including about medication dosage, to make it as tolerable as possible.
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