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Mental Health in Africa: Innovation and Investment

This blog was co-authored by Dr Julian Eaton (Co-Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health at LSHTM and Mental Health Director at CBM International), Dr Nicholas Westcott (Director of the Royal African Society) and Prof Stanley Okolo (Director-General of the West Africa Health Organisation) ahead of two major conferences taking place in London and Burkina Faso focusing on Mental Health in Africa. Entitled “Mental Health in Africa: Innovation and Investment”, the London conference will be hosted by the Wellcome Trust on Wednesday, 20 November.
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Suicide prevention matters in humanitarian contexts too

In this blog, MHPSS Collaborative Senior Advisor, Carmen Valle tells us about how the organization has aligned their campaigning efforts towards this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day and World Mental Health Day
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Global Mental Health Perspectives from the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Professor Unaiza Niaz is the Advisory Board Member of The Lancet Psychiatry International and a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development. In this blog, Dr. Niaz shares her perspective on the status of mental health within the Eastern Mediterranean Region as well as the efforts of the World Health Organization's Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office's with updates to their Regional Framework to Scale Up Action on Mental Health within the Region.
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Suicide Prevention: Gatekeeper Training for India’s youth

This blog from Meghana Devotta discusses Suicide Prevention India Foundation's use of Gatekeeper Training on India's youth - a WHO recommended suicide prevention strategy which aims to equip individuals with skills to be a first responder for someone in emotional distress and potentially suicidal.
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Innovators, we want you!

Ember's call-out to grassroots innovators in global mental health.
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Indigenous Mental Health - streamlining platforms for knowledge

This blog specifically focuses on indigenous mental health including existing platforms, initiatives, innovations and research/implementation projects available.
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Mental health of incarcerated people in Africa

Discussing the idea of the “revolving door” between incarceration and the mental healthcare system, this blog draws attention to the fact the mental health of those incarcerated in low- and middle-income countries is often left out of conversations within the global mental health movement.
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Circumpolar video project aims to curb suicides, encourage resilience

This blog discusses the Arctic Council's Project CREATeS, a video project aiming to curb suicides and encourage resilience among circumpolar youth.
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Global Mental Health - What's Up?

In this great overview of the recent developments and directions of the field, authors' Kelly O'Donnell, Julian Eaton and Michele Lewis O'Donnel highlight several recent markers over the past year that collectively reflected crucial movement and action for global mental health. This article is the latest in an ongoing series of articles to orient a diverse audience of interested readers in mental health, and across sectors to the field of global mental health.
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Inclusion drives action: How young people will change Global Mental Health

This blog from Youth Leader Chantelle Booysen reflects on the past year with achievements from the #mymindourhumanity campaign as well as the new Policy Brief produced in collaboration with MHIN: Young People Will Transform Global Mental Health.
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A rights-based approach to mental health financing

Faraaz Mahomed, Program Officer at Open Society Foundations, highlights the organization's rights-based and locally-led approach to confronting the challenge of limited access to culturally appropriate mental health. The article also addresses why the proposed solutions to the under-prioritization of mental health need to be about so much more than just increased access to medical care.
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Mapping out a 'blueprint' for mental health advocacy

This blog introduces the BluePrint Group, an open membership organisation for individuals and organisations from a wide variety of backgrounds who are committed to catalysing action through consensus on policy priorities, clear communications and joint messaging for targeted events and decision-makers. The aim is to increase political and financial support for mental health at global and national level.
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The journey of making mental health a development priority

This blog from Dixon Chibanda (Friendship Bench) and Elisha London (United for Global Mental Health) raises that it's now time to act on making mental health a development priority.
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STARS: developing a new WHO psychological digital intervention for adolescents

This blog delves deeper into the STARS Project addressing barriers to psychological interventions with a new WHO psychological digital intervention for adolescents.
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Project Ember: nurturing community mental health care across the globe

Project Ember is here and is a collaboration between MHIN and the SHM Foundation created to help grassroots mental health organisations to overcome these barriers so that their work can be strengthened, sustained and scaled up.
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Using Theory of Change in Prime and my PhD: Key Lessons Learned

Erica Breuer discusses her PhD research born from her work as project manager on PRIME, evaluating how she could use theory of change to design and evaluate complex interventions across five low- and middle-income countries using PRIME as a case example.
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Addressing the treatment gap for perinatal depression

This blog is from PhD student Tasneem Kathree who began her research in perinatal depression when the opportunity was presented in the PRIME South Africa project.
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¿Por qué el último evento de El Niño no cambió las tasas de depresión en las comunidades afectadas del norte de Perú? // Why Did The Latest El Niño Event Not Change Depression Rates In Affected Communities Of Northern Peru?

[ENG] In this blog, Elaine C. Flores share an overview of the results of a secondary data analysis which liked ecological and individual level assessments to evaluate the related effects of 2015-2017 El Niño events in the north coast of Peru on the mental health of the affected communities. [ESP] Elaine C. Flores es una médica peruana epidemióloga y candidata a doctorado en el Centro de Salud Mental Global en la London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), en la facultad de Epidemiología y Salud de la Población. Sus principales áreas de interés incluyen el impacto en la salud mental de los desastres naturales y causados por el hombre, incluidos el cambio climático y los factores sociales y ambientales.
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Mental health, NTDs and universal health coverage: no health without mental health

Julian Eaton talks mental health, NTDs and universal health coverage.
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Rebalancing Power in Global Mental Health

This blog summarises the popular symposium held at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) on Rebalancing Power in Global Mental Health, exploring the historical dominance of the global North in knowledge generation in global health.

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