Welcome to the newsletter #14 for the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform
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Publication of a new document produced in collaboration with the World Health Organization
You may access below "Promoting rights and community living for children with psychosocial disabilities", the technical document recently published by the World Health Organization and the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform.

This document was presented and discussed during the International Forum on Promoting the Rights of Children with Mental and Intellectual Disabilities, held by the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform in Lisbon in November 2014.

The world’s institutions have increasingly become dumping grounds for children with disabilities, including psychosocial disabilities. An abundance of evidence shows that these settings cause extensive physical and psychological harm. Low numbers of staff, lack of training, poor quality of care, harmful treatment practices, violence, abuse and overall neglect preclude any positive outcomes for children and as a result, many remain in institutional care for the rest of their lives, and many others die prematurely.

This report underscores the urgent need for countries to move from institution-based care to community-based care. It provides guidance, based on promising practices from around the globe, on the key services and supports that need to be in place to ensure that children are able to live and thrive in the community. A firm commitment to redirecting investments towards community alternatives is critical, if we are to end these institutional abuses, and provide children with the best possible start at life.

You may download the publication here.

Report of the International Seminar on Mental Health: Innovations in Deinstitutionalization and Community Care
You may access the Portuguese version of the document and the recommendations of the International Seminar that discussed the innovations and challenges of the Brazilian Psychiatric Reform, held on the 23rd, 24th and 25th March, 2015, in Rio de Janeiro.

This Seminar was organised by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) and the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform, with the active collaboration of the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization and the Ministry of Health of Brazil.
2016 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 Summer Course is to provide an updated and solid understanding about the main topics and challenges of these new disciplines. The training is addressed to:
·       Health Professionals
·       Diplomats
·       International Organisations Staff
·       NGOs Staff
·       Students of Master and PhD Programmes 

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.

More information here. Check the programme here.
Mental health worldwide
Mental Health Atlas 2014.
The World Health Organization has released a new edition of the Mental Health Atlas. The report states 
global spending on mental health is still very low, and huge inequalities in access to mental health services exist depending on where people live.
Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers.
You may find versions of this guide, also published by the World Health Organization, in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Sinhala, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish and Urdu.
Report looking at people’s experience of care during a mental health crisis.
The Care Quality Commission has published "Right here, right now", a national report looking at people’s experiences of help, care and support during a mental health crisis in England.
Mental Health and Substance Use Strategy for Lebanon.
The Ministry of Public Health of Lebanon, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and International Medical Corps, launched the Mental Health and Substance Use Prevention, Promotion, and Treatment Strategy for Lebanon to ensure accessibility of high quality mental healthcare to all populations in Lebanon. Shared by Rabih El Chammay , collaborative member of the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform.
Call for the Michele Tansella Award 2016.
The Michele Tansella Award will be provided every two years on the occasion of the World Psychiatric Association Section meetings on Epidemiology and Public Health. It will be granted to Post-doctoral researchers / early career researchers under 40 years of age from anywhere in the world. 
Population-Based Mental Health Facilitation (MHF): A Grassroots Strategy That Works.
You may read a paper written and sent to us by J. Scott Hinkle that describes the success of the MHF training program.
"Chained Like Prisoners’: Abuses Against People with Psychosocial Disabilities in Somaliland".
Human Rights Watch has published a report on the abuses against people with psychosocial disabilities in Somaliland.
The invisible: how China deals with mental illness.
Yuyang Liu photographed people all over China with mental health issues. He says his subjects are "overlooked or not recognised at all within society – they are invisible".
Saving Syria’s Refugee Children.
Mohammad Abo-Hilal, a Syrian psychiatrist, is on a mission to help some of the two million child refugees traumatized by the war in Syria. This video was supported by The Global Reporting Centre.
Guyana: mental illness, witchcraft, and the highest suicide rate in the world.
Stigma against mental illness and a lack of psychiatrists means the small South American country has to work hard to protect those at risk.
For a Therapist in Afghanistan, Empathy Is Good Medicine.
There are a few hundred therapists in Afghanistan, mainly treating women in a nation of people besieged by war, malnutrition, post-traumatic stress, depression and domestic violence.
Two Initiatives, Two Approaches, One Cause – Addressing Mental Illness in Rural India.
Two initiatives of the Public Health Foundation of India address mental illness in rural India.

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