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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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How to close the mental health gap in low- and middle-income countries

With World Mental Health Day around the corner, Tricia Bolender, part of Institute for Healthcare Improvement advocates for closing the mental health treatment gap through the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) approach.
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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.