Welcome to the newsletter #8 for the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform
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International Forum on Promoting the Rights of Children with Mental and Intellectual Disabilities
Mind Rights Film Festival

The Mind Rights Film Festival, fostered and supported by the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, is a short film festival and international competition that focuses on showcasing cinematographic works that deal with mental health issues, in order to promote the rights of people with mental disorders.

The Festival will be held in Lisbon in November 6-7, 2014 at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, during the International Forum on Promoting the Rights of Children with Mental and Intellectual Disabilities.


The Mind Rights Film Festival call for entries is open for submissions!

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Mental health worldwide
National Mental Health Programme in Lebanon.
The Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon launched a national mental health programme aiming to promote mental health in Lebanon and to ensure better mental health service provision to all persons living in the country. 
Ghana: Monitor Mental Health Facilities.
New Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment describes mistreatment of people with disabilities.
Official press-release of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia concerning the meeting with Benedetto Saraceno.
Last February, the deputy minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, Ms. Mariam Jashi, met Mr. Benedetto Saraceno, chairman of the Steering Committee of the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform.
A joint inspection of the treatment of offenders with learning disabilities within the criminal justice system.
You may read the report on the treatment of juvenile offenders with learning disabilities in the UK.
At Rio’s Carnival, Samba Is Psychiatry.
In Rio de Janeiro mental health workers and psychiatric patients organize a Carnival block to promote social integration and equality and raise awareness about mental health issues.
Uganda’s witch doctors tackle mental illness.
A Canadian-funded program is teaching witch doctors and other traditional healers to act as a bridge between mentally ill patients and psychiatrists.
Kenya - Right to Legal Capacity Project.
Mental Disability Advocacy Center launched a major in-depth study on disability and decision-making in Kenya.
Mental health service users launch healthwatch guide in UK.
National Survivor User Network has launched a new Mental Healthwatch handbook designed to help local communities improve mental health together.
From public to planetary health: a manifesto.
Published in The Lancet, this manifesto for transforming public health calls for a social movement to support collective public health action at all levels of society.
Disability Rights are Human Rights.
Following Disability Rights International reports, the Republic of Georgia guarantees life-saving medical care to children with hydrocephalus, and the Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommends a ban on shock devices used on children with disabilities at the Judge Rotenberg Center.
You may watch the videos of the Worldwide Campaign to End the Institutionalization of Children.
MindEd e-portal.
Launched 25 March 2014, this portal contains a wealth of information to help adults to identify and understand children and young people with mental health issues.
Driving Change Report.
The report is based on interviews with mental health Non-Governmental Organisations, and shares the experiences in the provision of mental health services across the world.
World Press Photo 2014.
Robin Hammond's work documenting mental health in African countries in crisis won 2nd place in the Contemporary Issues category of the 2014 World Press Photo award.
Fragile Minds: Inside an Iranian Mental Hospital.
Abbas Hajimohammadi Saniabadi's work provides a poignant look at a Tehran mental hospital.
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