Welcome to the newsletter #11 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 second Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform technical meeting took place on the 6th and 7th November 2014, in Lisbon.

The objective of the second public Forum was to increase awareness about the plight of children with psychosocial disabilities living in institutions. The Forum focused on the thematic paper Promoting Rights and Community Living for Children with Psychosocial Disabilities, which aims to propose potential solutions and strategies to prevent the institutionalization of children with psychosocial disabilities. 

You may access
the presentation slides, the presentation videos and some photos of the Forum.
The final version of the document that was presented and discussed during the Forum will be available in the first quarter of 2015.
The Mind Rights Film Festival
The Mind Rights Film Festival announced the jury and the audience awards in short filmmaking during the Award Ceremony that took place on the 7th November at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon.

The final programme included 22 films, produced in 10 different countries. The awards were a celebration of the works that displayed an outstanding achievement in filmmaking and an exemplary commitment to the human rights issues, and in particular to the rights of people with mental disabilities.

The winners of the Mind Rights Film Festival were:

MIND RIGHTS - Jury Award (First Prize Ex Aequo): MAMMA ÄR GUD (2013 Denmark-Sweden / Director: Maria Bäck) and LE VOCI UMANE (2013 Italy / Director: Stefano Dei).

MIND RIGHTS - Audience Award: SMILE - A short documentary about the perception of mental illness (2014 UK / Director: Luke Mordue / Mordue Pictures)

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Mental health worldwide
India announced its first National Mental Health Policy.
Health minister Harsh Vardhan launched India's first-ever National Mental Health Policy to provide universal access to mental health care.
UN Secretary-General launched blueprint towards sustainable development.
The UN Secretary-General has released the UN Synthesis report The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet. The Synthesis Report will guide negotiations for a new global agenda centred on people and the planet, and underpinned by human rights.
Mental Health for Sustainable Development.
A new report has been published in the UK Parliament of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Global Health and Mental Health. 
Group Cites Grim State of India’s Mentally Ill.
Women and girls with intellectual disabilities or mental illness in India are subject to forced institutionalization in sometimes overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, verbal and physical abuse, and medication without consent,
according to a report released by Human Rights Watch.
The Lancet’s Perinatal Mental Health Series reviews the effects of perinatal mental disorders on mother and child.
"The importance of global mental health for the Sustainable Development Goals", published in the Journal of Mental Health, states that "In the future Post-2015 agenda, mental health needs to be clearly included, with a specific mental health target and two indicators".
Inside the 'world's most dangerous' hospital.
A hospital in Guatemala has been described by campaigners as the world's most abusive and dangerous mental health institution.
Mentally ill people found chained by families and left to die after typhoon Haiyan.
A powerful film, filmed and directed by Simon Rawles and produced by Vishva Samani, shows mentally ill people shackled in cages by their families in the Philippines.
Lebanon ill-equipped to handle mental-health issues of Syrian refugee children.
More than a million Syrian children in total have become refugees in Lebanon and in other countries. The stress has left many with mental illnesses that include anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and developmental problems.
There’s a Mental Health Crisis in Libya, But Who Can Help?
A recent report reveals that almost one third of all Libyans have mental health problems as a result of human rights abuses.
Global Mental Health.
Cambridge University Press announces a major new open access journal, Global Mental Health, focusing on mental health research and issues from the global perspective.
Psychological First Aid for Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak.
Published by WHO, this guide focuses on psychological first aid, which involves humane, supportive and practical help to follow human beings suffering serious crisis events.
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