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Una perspectiva personal hacia una visión integrada de la salud mental en América Latina // A personal perspective towards an integrated view of Mental health in Latin America

[ESP] La Dra. Elaine C. Flores es ciudadana peruana y candidata a doctorado en el Centro para la Salud Mental Global de la Escuela de Higiene y Medicina Tropical de Londres. En este blog, da su perspectiva personal de su experiencia como co-fundadora de PLASMA, la plataforma de investigación social sobre salud mental en América Latina. [ENG] Dr. Elaine C. Flores is a Peruvian citizen and PhD candidate at the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In this blog, she gives her personal perspective on her experience as co-founder of PLASMA - the Platform for Social Research on Mental Health in Latin America.
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#MHPSSMatters: Humanitarian Hands-on Tool (HHoT)

This blog discusses the newly launched Humanitarian Hands-on Tool (HHoT) and MHPSS integration in this new smartphone app targeted towards humanitarian aid.
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Perú: Realizando esfuerzos continuos para mejorar el acceso e incrementar los recursos en salud mental

Este breve perfil sobre el estado de la salud mental en el Perú ha sido realizado por Liliana Hidalgo, psicóloga clínica y estudiante de posgrado en Global Mental Health en la Universidad de Glasgow.
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Why this is the year we must take action on mental health

Preventing poor mental health, especially in young people, should be just as important as treating it. This blog explores the importance of continuing to take action on mental health.
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Reflections on the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development

Dr. Anthony Maher is a Canadian resident physician based at the University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry. He holds a Master of Science in global governance and diplomacy from the University of Oxford. In this blog, he reflects on the recently launched report by the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development while critically considering the implications of the findings and ways forward for the field of global mental health.
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Year in Review; Global Mental Health in 2018

This end of year blog from the MHIN team highlights what a year it's been for the global mental health field in 2018 and for MHIN itself with many achievements, innovations and collaborations to be proud of as well as reaching 5,000 members on the Network.
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The Tree that Jaya Grew: Using Tree of Life in the Himalayas

Nikita Simpson is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the London School of Economics and in this blog, she describes her experience conducting ethnographic fieldwork on the Tree of Life therapy approach within a village in the rural Indian Himalayas.
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Refugee mental health: exploring the impact of community-based psychosocial interventions

This blog has been cross-posted with kind permission from Evidence Aid in order to mark Humanitarian Evidence Week taking place from 19-25 November.
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Lessons from OECD countries: mental health is critical for human capital development

This blog from Patricio Marquez at the World Bank Group discusses why mental health is critical for human capital development.
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Preventing Suicide in the Arctic (RISING SUN)

In October, the RISING SUN Initiative published a landmark paper reporting their findings on prioritising outcomes for suicide prevention initiatives in the Arctic. This blog briefly discusses how these results were built into the RISING SUN Toolkit and the implications of their findings for the future of suicide prevention efforts in the Circumpolar North.
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Fighting Mental Health Stigma in Chiapas

The "Perspectives of the Sierra" Photo project was implemented by Compañeros en Salud (Partners in Health) in Chiapas, Mexico with the aim of fighting stigma against mental illness. The photo project gave a voice to people with depression and anxiety by equipping them with cameras to record their experiences with their illnesses and seeking care and support.
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War Child Youth Conference: Addressing Violence and Enhancing Well-being

In this blog, Eamonn Hanson from WarChild sheds light on the WarChild Youth Conference held this month in Uganda. The conference bought young people together from five African countries to share their stories and experiences through a series of arts and performance-based activities and highlighted the need for more youth involvement in programs addressing community well-being in conflict settings.
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Call to Action this #WorldMentalHealthDay: Mental Health Integration in Humanitarian Settings

In this #WMHD blog Ashley Leichner, Senior Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Officer from International Medical Corps’ highlights the events taking place to mark this year’s World Mental Health Day and discusses how the MH Integration Toolkit serves an important role in strengthening integrated mental health solutions for improved access to mental health care in vulnerable settings.
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MHIN Latin America and the Caribbean

In this blog, Matias Irarrazaval marks the launch of MHIN Latin America and the Caribbean and details the need for stronger networks within the region
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Prevention and health promotion in mental health – Public Health England

Public Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and well-being, and reduce health inequalities. It does this through advocacy, partnerships, world-class science, knowledge and intelligence, and the delivery of specialist public health services. In this blog, Ian Walker and Gregor Henderson introduce PHE’s approach and work in the prevention and promotion of mental health in England as well as opportunities for global partnership and collaboration.
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Maternal Depression and Stunted Children: An Avoidable Reality

Patricio V. Marquez is a Lead Public Health Specialist at The World Bank and in this blog he discusses the human, social and economic consequences of mental disorders and their global burden. The excerpt focuses on the unattended negative effects of maternal depression on long-term childhood development e.g. stunting. Patricio argues that enough evidence exists to promote the integration of mental health care into routine maternal health services in an attempt to develop a more comprehensive, cost-effective and multi-sectoral response to address these issues.
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Suicide; devastating, common and preventable

In this blog for World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th of September, 2018, Julian Eaton, MHIN Strategic Advisor writes about the burden of suicide and how it is still a taboo subject in many parts of the world. His blog explores the risk factors associated with suicide attempts and discusses options that have been implemented to prevent suicide around the world.
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Dealing With Suicide Ideation - A personal story

After dealing with the loss of a loved one himself, mental health counsellor and advocate Olotu Oluwanisola shares his experience with depression and how one can avoid suicidal ideation.
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International Conference on Mental Wellness in Communities

Urvita Bhatia and Adrika Sengupta discuss the current state of mental health care in India as part of the upcoming Mental Wellness in Communities Conference in India taking place in September 2018.

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