- The Forum welcomes its new members! Read
- Joint statement issued in recognition of the World Mental Health Day 2013 Read
- Positon Statement on Mental Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda–Movement for Global Mental Health Read
- Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Humanitarian Staff–16 October, UNHCR, Geneva Read
- 10 October in Geneva: Hidden Pictures–The Underexposed World of Global Mental Health (special film screening) Read
- 8 October in Geneva: Working Consultation—Implementing Evidence-Based Practice for Mental Health in Low Resource Countries Read
- New WHO mental health publications: Building Back Better (August 2013) and Investing in Mental Health (Sept 2013) Read
- Global Mental Health Week+ in Geneva: 3-11 October 2013 Read
- Newsletter Read
- Three new members join the Forum Read
Three organisations have joined the forum family. They are :-
Please click on the link below to read the Joint statement issued in recognition of the World Mental Health Day 2013 by the NGO Committee on Mental Health (New York) Affiliated with the Conference of Non- Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) and the NGO Forum for Health (Geneva).
Movement for Global Mental Health (September 2013)
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Humanitarian Staff
Special panel discussion at UNHCR, Geneva on Weds. 16 October, 14:00-16:00 All staff and guests are welcome. For more information cotact MaryBeth Morand, Senior Policy and Evaluaton Officer (MORAND@unhcr.org)
Note that this event is the launch of the new publication: UNHCR’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Staff (July 2013). http://www.unhcr.org/51f67bdc9.html
Dr. Courtney Welton-Mitchell–Professor of International Disaster Psychology
Mr. Kaz de Jong–Mental Health Director, MSF-Holland
Dr. Sigiriya Aebischer-Perone–Head of Staff Health Unit for ICRC
Ms. Tineke van Pietersom–Director of the Antares Foundation
8 October: Working Consultation—Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Low Resource Countries (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, NGO Forum for Health, USAID Victims of Torture Fund, WHO Collaborating Center on Mental Health of the University of Geneva—Department of Psychiatry) click here for flyer
WHO (August 2013) 110 pages
Overview. “Emergencies, in spite of their tragic nature and adverse effects on mental health, are unparalleled opportunities to build better mental health systems for all people in need. This WHO publication shows how this was done in 10 diverse emergency-affected areas. This is important because mental health is crucial to the overall well-being, functioning, and resilience of individuals, societies, and countries recovering from emergencies.” http://www.who.int/mental_health/emergencies/building_back_better/en/index.html
WHO, Sept 2013, 36 pages
Overview. “Mental health and well-being are fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life. Yet currently the formation of individual and collective mental capital – especially in the earlier stages of life – is being held back by a range of avoidable risks to mental health, while individuals with mental health problems are shunned, discriminated against and denied basic rights, including access to essential care.
In this report, potential reasons for this apparent contradiction between cherished human values and observed social actions are explored with a view to better formulating concrete steps that governments and other stakeholders can take to reshape social attitudes and public policy around mental health.”
8 October: Knitting the Net (informal dinner event for developing GMH connections and sharing GMH reflections)
9 October: MHPSS in Emergencies: How Do the Existing Guidelines Help Practical Applications Across Sectors? (IASC event convened at the United Nations, focussing on the IASC 2007 MHPSS guidelines in emergency settings and subsequent versions for different users/settings)
10 October: Hidden Pictures part of the worldwide film screening and World Mental Health Day (Webster University, co-organised with the NGO Forum for Health; click here for more information on the Webster University screening and the poster for the Webster University screening; note that the theme this year for WMHD is Mental Health and Older Adults; click here to see the list of previous WMHD themes since the first one in 1992)
The NGO Forum for Health Newsletter was launched in April 2013. The stimulus for the newsletter was the Strategic Review, when a number of our members said that we should find better ways to communicate.
Our aim is to provide a platform for the exchange of information on health-related issues for our network of cooperating organizations and individuals. It has a simple format, offering information to follow up through web links. It will appear at regular intervals.
Members are invited to send us information they would like to be included in the newsletter. It can be about meetings/ events, publications, projects, calls for action and even calls for help.