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Strategies for reducing and treating maternal mental health disorders

Dr Simone Honikman talks about the key components of the Perinatal Mental Health Project and the key lessons learned from the PMHP clinical services programme
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Someone like us: involving peer workers in the treatment for maternal depression

Dr Daniela Fuhr provides an inside look on the Thinking Healthy Programme, a project using peer-led maternal psychosocial interventions in low-income settings
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Community-based interventions to reduce common perinatal mental health problems

Dr Jane Fisher argues that community based interventions provide promising guidance about ways in which the burden of perinatal mental health problems among women in resource-constrained settings can be addressed
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Why I Thank the Voices in My Head

This World Hearing Voices Day, Eleanor Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive
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Working in Humanitarian Settings as a Mental Health Professional

Dr Peter Hughes writes about his experiences and in turn, his admiration, for health professionals working in difficult and high-stress environments.
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How do you get youth to talk about mental health? Design a radio programme

Heather Gilberds, Project Manager of the GCC funded project called "An integrated approach to addressing the issue of youth depression" writes about how their team got young people in Malawi and Tanzania interested in mental health.
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Creating Global Awareness for Autism

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Training Lay Health Workers: when etic meets emic

A blog by Urvita highlighting the resourcefulness of lay health workers in low resource settings and offering insights into training
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Global Health Workforce, Finances Remain Low for Mental Health

WHO’s Mental Health Atlas provides a comprehensive overview of mental health policies, plans and services worldwide. The fourth edition, with data from 171 countries shows dramatic differences in resources for mental health between high- and low- and middle-income countries.
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Supporting Families Facing Adversity : A neglected approach?

Laurie Charles argues that using a family systems approach is important when delivering therapy to an individual who has faced an adverse event or an extreme stressor.
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Bridging the Human Resource Gap in Times of Imminent Need

WHO's Ken Carswell highlights the strengths of the newly released Mental Health Gap Action Programme Humanitarian Intervention Guide and some of the situations it has been implemented in recently.
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Partnering for Impact at Scale

Kulsum Khan, a Grand Challenges Canada summer student, sheds light on the key messages from the successful 3 day conference in Toronto, "Solving the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health: Partnering for Impact at Scale", which brought together global innovators, researchers, partners and policymakers.
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The Legacy of Torture and the Right to Rehabilitation

On this year's International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Leanne MacMillan, Director of IRCT, calls for action to make the right to rehabilitation for torture survivors a reality.
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Building Back Better from West Africa’s Ebola Outbreak

In this blog entry, Heather Pearson covers the mental health and psychosocial support technical consultation held in Monrovia, Liberia in June 2015. During this technical consultation, stakeholders from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea came together to discuss, learn and make plans to "Build Back Better" from the regional effects of the Ebola outbreak.
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Stigma and the Language of Mental Health in Mothers

In LMIC, mothers are often reluctant to admit anything that would cast criticism and shame on her and her family. Author Ayomide Adebayo suggests this is especially true for mental health problems during , arguing that we need to change the way we talk about mental health in pregnancy within our communities to change broader maternal mental health outcomes in LMIC.
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How to Treat Maternal Depression in Rural Ghana

Philomina Amofah, Project Coordinator of a Grand Challenges Canada project in Ghana, writes about reduction of stigma and increase in knowledge about maternal depression through the project.
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Addressing Maternal Mental Health Through the Antenatal Platform: A Missed Opportunity

Alexis Palfreyman writes about the importance of using antenatal care to identify and support women with CMDs
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Why Maternal Mental Health Matters: A Case for Early Childhood Development

Aisha K Yousafzai discusses the importance of integrating maternal mental health into early childhood care and development programs
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The Importance of Listening to Women

Jean Marie S. Place, Deborah Billings, Filipa deCastro, & Alyssa Ham share their survey results after speaking to women with postpartum depression in Mexico.