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The past year has seen important developments in the Forum’s work, a number of them guided by the independent Strategic Review which reported in October 2012 (see below). We have engaged with the WHO’s reform process, the Global Mental Health Action Plan, and the UN’s Social Protection Floor Initiative. Other sections of the website list specific events and activities, including action by our working groups. For an overview of issues, and a range of useful documentation, see the Issues section.
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- Annual General Meeting Read
- Strategic Review Read
- Forum&Federation Symposium Read
- Strategic Review evaluation meeting Read
- Supporting Humanitarian Staff, 21 March 2012, Geneva Read
Annual General Meeting Agenda
22 May 2013, 12:00-14:30
Handicap International, ground-floor meeting room
11 Avenue de la Paix
Strategic planning meeting,
26 February 2013
Ecumenical Centre, Salle V,
ILO, 12 December 2012
22 October 2012 in the WCC
Supporting Humanitarian Staff: Lessons from Research and Practice
Update 23 March 2012: See summary materials and power points in the Mental Health section of our website.
NGO Forum for Health–Global Mental Health Briefing
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 from 12.00-14.00 World Council of Churches, Main Hall, 150 rte de Ferney, Geneva
Please confirm your participation by 16 March at: email@example.com
Guest Speakers: Hannah Peters, MA and Ros Thomas, DPhil
1. Hannah Peters: Perspectives on Psychological Stressors and Psychosocial Support (based on her research interviewing humanitarian workers and disaster psychologists). Hannah holds degrees in International Relations-Politics and Human Rights from the University of Sussex. She is currently working at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Geneva.
2. Ros Thomas: Making Meaning of Difficult Experiences and Regulating Affect (based on her current work and 2008 thesis on the psychological health of humanitarian workers in proximity to violent settings). Ros holds graduate degrees from Oxford University and the University of the Witwatersrand, RSA. She currently is the Department Head for Psychology, Sociology, and Counselling at Webster University, Geneva.
3. Respondent: Rene Broeckli, ICRC. Moderator: Kelly O’Donnell, NGO Forum for Health.
The purpose of the GMH Briefings is to: a) present and discuss current information and evidence-based practices in global mental health and b) strengthen the global mental health network in the Geneva area and beyond.
Notes: Sandwiches/drinks provided by the Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women’s Association International. You are encouraged to arrive early and stay later for more networking and informal discussions. Parking is free at WCC–just write in the logbook at the front desk: the parking space number that your car is in and your car’s registration mark/license plate.
For more information on the topic and speakers:GMH Briefing 21 March 2012–info on speakers and topics
For the GMH Briefing announcement:Global Mental Health Briefing–Supporting Humanitarian Workers 21 March 2012
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