Welcome to the newsletter #13 for the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform
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Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health
The Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health aims to generate innovative knowledge, build capacity and provide technical collaboration to governments and non-governmental organizations in the area of Public Mental Health.

The Institute is an independent organization, hosted by the Faculdade de Ciências Médicas/NOVA Medical School of Lisbon. The founding members of the new Institute include the Faculdade de Ciências Médicas/NOVA Medical School of Lisbon, the National School of Public Health of Portugal and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. A selected group of public health and mental health experts has also joined the institutional founding group in their personal capacity.

Current initiatives and projects of the Institute include, among others:
  • Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform, with projects in Brazil, Georgia, India, Cape Verde, and Portugal;
  • EU Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing (JA MH-WB);
  • EU JA MH-WB Work Package on Transition to Community-based Mental Health Care;
  • EU Mental Health Policy Consortium, funded by Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (in collaboration with Trimbos Institute & Finnish Association for Mental Health);
  • International Master in Mental Health Policy and Services (in collaboration with FCM/NMS);
  • Summer Course on Global Health and Health Diplomacy (in collaboration with Gulbenkian Chair on Global Health, FCM/NMS);
  • Project “Evaluating and improving the access to mental health services of people affected by the economic crisis in Portugal”, funded by EEA Grants (in collaboration with FCM/NMS).
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International Seminar on Mental Health: Innovations in Deinstitutionalization and Community Care

The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) and the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform organized an international seminar to discuss the innovations and challenges of the Brazilian Psychiatric Reform. The seminar was held on the 23rd, 24th and 25th March, 2015, in Rio de Janeiro, with the active collaboration of the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization and the Ministry of Health of Brazil.

Beginning in the 1980s, the process of shifting from hospital to community-based care in Brazil has been recognized as an exemplary experience. The main objective of the Brazilian psychiatric reform has been the extension of citizenship rights to people with mental problems, especially those forced to undergo extensive confinements in psychiatric hospitals. Deinstitutionalization has been a major goal of this process, understood not only as the removal of users from hospitals, but also as the creation of effective conditions for continuous and qualified community care for all those in need of attention and treatment. The Brazilian reform process is still undergoing substantial advances, and the purpose of this seminar was to discuss its innovations and challenges.

he discussion was based on two working documents. On the one hand, the document
"Innovation in deinstitutionalization: a WHO expert survey", co-produced by the World Health Organization and the Gulbenlkian Global Mental Health Platform, and, on the other hand, the Technical Document "Innovations and Challenges in Deinstitutionalization and Community Care in Brazil", written for this Seminar. Based on these documents and after three days of open discussion, the participants at the seminar agreed on several recommendations about the barriers and effective strategies of deinstitutionalization and community care in Brazil.

A report of this Seminar will be available soon.

Mental health worldwide

WHO and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a new guide on mental health in humanitarian emergencies, so non-specialist health workers can better identify, assess and manage mental health needs. Contents include modules on assessing and managing conditions such as acute stress, grief, moderate-severe depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, and harmful use of alcohol and drugs.

According to a new OECD report, Fit Mind, Fit Job: From Evidence to Practice in Mental Health and Work, health and employment services should intervene earlier, involve key stakeholders and ensure they work together in order to help people with mental-health issues find work and stay in a job.

Disability Rights International released a groundbreaking report, No Way Home: The Exploitation and Abuse of Children in Ukraine’s Orphanages, the result of a three-year investigation into the country’s egregious human rights violations, perpetrated against its most vulnerable citizens – children locked away in orphanages, institutions, boarding schools and other segregated facilities.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention has created the De Leo Fund Award, offered to distinguished scholars in recognition of their outstanding research on suicidal behaviours carried out in developing countries.

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