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A small step towards big data in mental health

This blog provides details of the pilot mental health prevalence survey conducted in Vientiane Capital in 2014-15 jointly by the Lao PDR Ministry of Health, BasicNeeds and the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research.
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Shining a light on mental illness: An “invisible disability”

We need to be clear, however, and accept the reality that ill mental health is not only limited to persons with severe mental disorders confined to psychiatric hospitals. Ill mental health is a widespread but often “invisible” phenomenon.
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You have the will, you have the power

The International Day for Persons with Disabilities is celebrated on Dec 3 every year. This year the theme is Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities, and one of the sub-themes is – Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development.​
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Exclusive with Global Health Lioness: Dr Titilola Banjoko

An interview with one of the leading figures of the Global Health Africa Diaspora movement by Dorcas Gwata from Tribal Sands.
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Global equality for mental health - a call to action?

Yesterday celebrities and public figures signed an open letter asking the UK government to make support for mental healthcare equal to that of physical healthcare. Perhaps its time we did the same for global mental health?
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Psychiatric Survivor Story: 40 Years Witnessing Mental Health User Dignity

Three major themes from David Oaks' experiences with mental health consumer/user leaders over the last 40 years
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Dignity in Mental Health

Jagannath Lamichhane, Principal Coordinator of the Movement for Global Mental Health, appreciates this year's WMHD theme and believes it to be a great advance in addressing stigma in mental health.
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Bridging the gap: Global Mental Health meets the Young Psychiatrists Network

Tessa Roberts, a global mental health researcher and a former MSc GMH student, recaps her experience at the 5th annual Young Psychiatrists Network meeting earlier this month.
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Human rights of people with mental health problems: Reflections from field/film-work

Erminia Colucci reflects on her field- and film-work in Indonesia and the Philippines and asks why we (collectively) are turning a blind eye to the human rights violations taking place globally.
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Severe mental health problems in Rio de Janeiro slums: Rethinking mental health services

In line with this week's subtheme "Human rights and ethics" for our #WMHD2015 blog series, Karen Athie and Sandra Fortes share their experience of revisiting mental health services for severe mental health problems in Rio de Janeiro slums.
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The Heroes of the OSITA Project: How two victims of armed conflict became accomplished mental health counsellors

Dr James Shultz sheds light on the true “heroes” and “champions” of the OSITA project
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Support and promotion of mental health through peer support groups

Peer support groups are a viable option to foster recovery in a holistic way, but the success of these groups is dependent on a conducive social atmosphere for germination and growth, say Anil Vartak and Gurudatt Kundapurkar of the Schizophrenia Awareness association in Pune India
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If they're happy, do we know it?

Well-being for development. A certain level of touchy-feely-ness is almost inevitable around this topic, yet I do think that more research in this area is crucial if we are to work towards the creation more effective policies that respond to real needs of diverse populations.
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Use of peer support groups to promote good mental health

BasicNeeds Communication Officer, Natasha Abraham, draws on how BasicNeeds has incorporated peer support groups or self-help groups to contribute to recovery.
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World Mental Health Day 2015: Dignity in Mental Health

A repost from the CBM blog, Coordinator Heather Pearson reflects on how CBM promotes the dignity of people with psychosocial disabilities.
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Waking Up to Injustice in Mental Health Care

Cerdic Hall reflects on the death of a Ugandan service user advocate and the challenges of service delivery in a low-resource setting.
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Implementing community handicraft groups for women at primary care units

Dr Sandra Fortes discusses how best to implement women support groups within Brazil's health system, under the leadership and support of different professionals from the Family Health and the Matrix Support teams
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