- 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
- 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
- Three new members join the Forum Read
- Strategic Review Read
- Forum and Federation Symposium Read
- Supporting Humanitarian Staff, 21 March 2012, Geneva Read
- WHO Reform 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)
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.”
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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)
Three organisations have joined the Forum family.
The Brocher Foundation, Hermance, Geneva (Switzerland)
International Transport Workers’ Federation, London (UK)
International Association for Human Values, Geneva (Switzerland)
The independent Strategic Review of the Forum’s work, undertaken from August to October 2012 provided a road map to help shape our activities. Strategic Review evaluation meeting was held on 22 October 2012 in the WCC.
The Strategic Review drew on interviews with members and partners and identified key strengths as the provision of a voice for the NGO community on specific health‐related issues and of a space to share ideas, information and results. It endorsed the fundamental objectives we pursue: the right to health, the achievement of universal access and health coverage, and the creation of effective global health governance. It recognized the effectiveness of our strategic approach, resting on: advocacy, information exchange, network building, and constructive dialogue with the World Health Organization, Government Missions in Geneva, and other organizations.
However, the Review also pointed out the need to strengthen the Forum’s resources in order to develop our capacity and scope. This has to be a main priority.
A follow-up planning meeting was held on 26 February 2013.
The Forum and Federation Symposium was held at ILO on 12th December, 2012. Below are links to the Programme (both in English and French) and the various Presentations.
Programme Announcement (English) – F & F Symposium (English)
Programme Announcement (French) – F & F Symposium (French)
Presentations – Thomas Schwarz
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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