Welcome to the newsletter #7 for the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform
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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.

The Festival will be held in November 6-7, 2014, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.

Using the power and the creativity of cinema, this festival aims to spread knowledge on mental illness, to raise public awareness on this topic and to encourage social inclusion of people with mental disabilities and fight against their stigmatization. Therefore, the Award Ceremony will be not just a celebration of the creativity of filmmakers, but also a recognition of their outstanding commitment to human rights issues.

The screenings will unfold in the context of the 2nd Forum of the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform, where key global mental health leaders will present lectures on the rights of people with mental disabilities, and where a report will be presented on strategies to stop human rights violations of children with mental disabilities. The programme of the Forum will be soon available.

The Mind Rights Film Festival 2014 call for entries is now open for submissions!

Learn more here

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Mental health worldwide
Mental health information at your fingertips – WHO launches the MiNDbank
MINDbank, a new WHO database, is already online, presenting a wealth of information about mental health, substance abuse, disability, human rights and the different policies, strategies, laws and service standards being implemented in different countries.
WHO Mental Health GAP Newsletter December 2013
You may read the last mhGAP newsletter, published by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO.
Mental Health Innovation Network
The Mental Health Innovation Network seeks to improve the lives of those affected by mental disorders globally by facilitating the development and uptake of effective innovations to reduce the challenges they face. Learn more here.
BasicNeeds has launched a new social franchise opportunity
The social franchise system will support independent organisations operating predominantly in low or middle income countries to take on the delivery of the BasicNeeds Model in their territory.
WHO youtube video “I had a black dog, his name was depression” over 2 million views!
The video produced by Matthew Johnston, with support from WHO, has become the most viewed video on the WHO youtube channel. You may watch it here.
Timor-Leste: Better epilepsy services means better care
After successful pilot projects, the Ministry of Health in Timor-Leste aims to expand the delivery of mental health services through community health workers.
Left Behind: The Exclusion of Children and Adults with Disabilities from Reform and Rights Protection in the Republic of Georgia
Disability Rights International released a report documenting atrocious human rights violations in the Republic of Georgia's orphanages and institutions for persons with disabilities. See the BBC Coverage here and here.
“Like a Death Sentence”: Abuses against Persons with Mental Disabilities in Ghana
The report, released by Human Rights Watch, describes abuses against persons with mental disabilities in Ghana.
YoungMinds launches mass movement for better mental health
A poll commissioned for UK's charity YoungMinds for the launch of their new young people’s campaign YoungMinds Vs has revealed the toxic climate that children and young people are growing up in. 
Mental health staff to be based in police stations
Mental health nurses are to be based in police stations and courts in 10 areas of England as part of a pilot scheme aimed at cutting reoffending. Check the BBC story here.
Global Mental Health: Principles and Practice
Global Mental Health: Principles and Practice was officially launched on 9 December 2013 at the University House at the Woodward Centre, University of Melbourne.
Health at a Glance 2013
This 2013 edition of Health at a Glance – OECD Indicators presents the most recent comparable data on key indicators of health and health systems across the 34 OECD member countries.
"Piece of Progress"
"Piece of Progress" prize is awarded to Nino Makhashvili, GIP-Tbilisi Director, for the contribution to the field of Georgian penitentiary healthcare.
Obituary on Eyad El-Sarraj
Eyad El-Sarraj, a Palestinian psychiatrist who pioneered mental health care in Gaza and became an internationally recognized human rights advocate, criticizing both the Israeli and Palestinian authorities, dies at 70.
Latest papers on global mental health
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