- Help to Alleviate the Global Burden of Trauma–Geneva conference Read
- Annual General Meeting Read
- Strategic Review Read
- Forum&Federation Symposium Read
- Strategic Review evaluation meeting Read
- Supporting Humanitarian Staff, 21 March 2012, Geneva Read
- WHO Reform Read
- New!–Resolutions on Mental Health Read
- New Event 26 June 2012 – FORUM & FEDERATION Symposia Series on Workers’ Health Read
- New documents–Global Mental Health–essential reading! Read
Two-day conference in Geneva (6-8 June 2013) sponsored by UNITAR, EMDR-Europe, and the NGO Forum for Health
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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These two documents call for specific action at the global and national levels to prioritise and integrate mental health into budgets, health systems, and social sectors. They are very encouraging and reflect the ongoing work of so many colleagues over the last several years! Note too that it is not just mental health professionals/advocates involved here but people in different health areas and governments as well. They are well-worth reading carefully and discussing in our various settings.
**A United Nations General Assembly Special Session for Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use Disorders: The Time Has Come (17 January 2012)
Judith Bass et al, PLoS Medicine, 9(1): e1001159. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001159
**Global Burden of Mental Disorders and the Need for a Comprehensive, Coordinated Response from Health and Social Sectors at the Country Level (20 January 2012)
WHO Executive Board (to de discussed/debated at the WHO World Health Assembly in May 2012)
Second event: 26 June 2012, 12:00-14:00 in ILO, Geneva
We want to let you know about several new documents relevant for Global Mental Health (GMH). These documents are research-based and collectively address the current status of GMH in terms of challenges, progress, resources, and scaling-up strategies. We are grateful for the many researchers, authors, funders, and practitioners that have contributed to these materials. The four documents are listed below including the online links for free downloads.
1. The Lancet, Global Mental Health special issue (October 2011, with four brief comments and six articles–see the key messages at the beginning of each article for a quick overview, 75 pages)
2. Mental Health Atlas 2011, World Health Organisation (Executive Summary pages 10-11, 82 pages)
3. Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health, NIMH et al (web site; article in Nature, July 2011, four-page summary)
4. GMH: A Resource Map for Connecting and Contributing (July 2011, Psychology International, three-page overview)
Note: See also the recent materials on the home page of the Movement for Global Mental Health (and archives) as well as the recent materials in the What’s New! section of GMH-Map (six new items in thee areas of Research. Practice, and Declarations).