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Welcoming 5 new Ember Innovators!

Last month, we announced the 7 projects Ember will be working with this year. Here's the full story! At the time, 7 projects was all Ember had the resources to work with. since then, there have been some very exciting developments. Read on for more details!
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HEART Talks: Mental Health Videos from Experts in the Field

This series of videos focuses on mental health and includes experts volunteering their time and expertise in exchange for the opportunity to present their ideas and share information on global mental health.
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Better mental health, and a better world

In this blog, Grace Ryan explains how the Learning Journey (led by MHIN in collaboration with K4D, for the UK Department for International Development) came about and what's coming next.
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From Ecuador to Ethiopia: Introducing Ember's 2020 partners

In 2019, Ember launched a call for grassroots mental health projects working in low and middle income countries to submit applications for a 12-month partnership to strengthen mental health innovation. 159 applications from projects in 48 countries were submitted, showcasing a wide range of perspectives, approaches, challenges and strengths. This announcement introduces the final seven projects selected and briefly describes the work they do in their countries.
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Our Top 5 Moments in 2019!

This blog is a summary of our Top 5 Moments in 2019, celebrating the end of an eventful year within the global mental health community.
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External actors offer opportunities to unlock additional resources for global mental health

Valentina Iemmi is a Research Fellow in the Department of Health Policy and PhD candidate in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In this blog, she shares the results of her PhD research exploring the role of international actors investing in global mental health in low and middle income countries.
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Mental health in Africa: The need for a new approach

Director of Royal African Society, Nick Westcott and Julian Eaton, Senior Advisor to the Mental Health Innovation Network reflect on the lessons learned from convening and holding the landmark 'Mental Health in Africa: Innovation and Investment' event on the 20th of November, 2019.
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Mental Health Innovation in Africa Blog Series: Sustainable Advocacy and Leadership

In this blog Joshua Abioseh Duncan writes about the Mental Health Coalition of Sierra Leone, an initiative that has brought meaningful engagement of people with lived experience of mental health conditions into discussions around policy and planning for mental health within the country as well as the capacity-building of mental health leadership. He shares the program's learning around what made their project successful and sustainable.
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ReFraming Mental Health and Bridging the Care Gap

This blog encapsulates the Editor’s Note for ReFrame, a journal by the Mariwala Health Initiative that challenges existing norms and explores diverse voices within the mental health space. Here, Rajvi Mariwala (MHI, Director) the editor shares the thoughts, perspectives and work that went into developing the second ‘ReFrame’ issue.
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Mental Health Innovation in Africa Blog Series: From PRIME TO ASSET

Dr. Crick Lund is a professor of Public Mental Health at the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health at the University of Cape Town, as well as a professor of Global Mental Health and Development at the Centre for Global Mental Health. He is a panelist at the upcoming Mental Health in Africa conference, speaking to how to improve the public profile of mental health and buy-in from policy makers within the African continent and in this blog, he shares PRIME’s journey and lessons learned from implementation as well paving the way forward with ASSET.
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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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