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The GMHPN - The Role of Persons with Lived Experience with Mental Health Conditions
Chapter Abstract The Global Mental Health Peer Network is a global mental health-care user organization that operates as a global network of persons living with mental health conditions and mental disorders (lived experience), through a well-established and sustainable structure, that supports the recovery and person-centered approach to mental health. The Global Mental Health Peer Network is built on the premise of an integrated and holistic response to mental health care and services that incorporates and considers the medical, social, and human rights models and acknowledges that mental health conditions and mental disorders is multidimensional and affects individuals in all aspects of their lives and at all stages of life and cannot be dealt with solely as a medical problem. The Global Mental Health Peer Network promotes the roles of persons with lived experience through research, reducing stigma and discrimination, providing peer support, in consultative roles and participation in the development, design, review, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of mental health care and services. An integral focus of the Global Mental Health Peer Network aims to strengthen the partnership between persons with lived experience with mental health conditions, professionals, researchers, policy makers, governments, and other stakeholders – especially where persons with lived experience with mental health conditions had been excluded from or had not had the opportunity to be involved in such partnerships. The Global Mental Health Peer Network further strives toward enhancing the “voices” of people with lived experience through creating a platform where their needs, challenges, views, opinions, and perspectives are raised and incorporated into policy and plans for mental health.
A technical briefing at the 72nd World Health Assembly, focusing on Mental Health with participation of Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO, the World Health Organization. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States, and it focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition, technical briefings are organized separately on specific public health topics to present new developments in the area, provide a forum for debate and to allow for information sharing.
Mental health, poverty and development
"The biggest enemy of health in the developing world is poverty"
Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations
An overwhelming majority of people with mental and psychosocial disabilities are living in poverty, poor physical health, and are subject to human rights violations.
Mental health issues cannot be considered in isolation from other areas of development, such as education, employment, emergency responses and human rights capacity building.
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World in mental health crisis of 'monumental suffering', say experts
Every country in the world is facing and failing to tackle a mental health crisis, from epidemics of anxiety and depression to conditions caused by violence and trauma, according to a review by experts that estimates the rising cost will hit $16tn (£12tn) by 2030.
A team of 28 global experts assembled by the Lancet medical journal says there is a “collective failure to respond to this global health crisis” which “results in monumental loss of human capabilities and avoidable suffering.”
The burden of mental ill-health is rising everywhere, says the Lancet Commission, in spite of advances in the understanding of the causes and options for treatment. “The quality of mental health services is routinely worse than the quality of those for physical health,” says their report, launched at a global ministerial mental health summit in London.
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‘Mental illnesses kill frequently’
Psychiatrist and researcher Dr Vikram Patel on the state of mental health care in India, overcoming the treatment gap, and why farmer suicides are a mental health issue. Since 1995, his work has focused on the burden of mental disorders in lowincome countries, and the use of community resources for their prevention and treatment. He is also co-founder of Sangath, an NGO that works on mental health, and was one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential persons in 2015. He speaks to Mumbai Mirror about the state of mental health in the country.
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Emaciated, mutilated, dead: the mental health scandal that rocked South Africa
When 1,700 vulnerable and mentally ill people were moved from specialised care facilities to unlicensed organisations in a bid to save money, nearly one in 10 died.
In September 2016, Phumzile Motshegwa received a call from an unknown number. The woman on the end of the line said Motshegwa’s brother, Solly, was dead. His body was at a funeral parlour in Atteridgeville, a township in South Africa. Did she want to go and collect him? The address she gave was a disused butcher’s shop. When Motshegwa arrived, a man hosing down blood-stained floors handed her a pair of rubber gloves.
“Do you know your brother?” he asked.
“Yes,” she answered.
“Choose your brother, then.”
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Delivering UHC 2030
At least half of the world’s population does not have full coverage of essential health services. Health expenses push more than 100 million people into extreme poverty each and every year, forcing them into terrible choices that no one should ever have to make: Buy medicine or food? Education or health care? These stark statistics make the case for universal health coverage compelling. Of course, even if each of these reasons alone were not enough for us to continue to push for universal health coverage, we must be clear that health is a human right.
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Heads of State commit to lead response to beat noncommunicable diseases, promote mental health
Heads of state and government today committed to 13 new steps to tackle noncommunicable diseases including cancers, heart and lung diseases, stroke, and diabetes, and to promote mental health and well-being.
“Today, world leaders have taken a set of landmark steps to beat NCDs,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “These add up to a historic opportunity to promote health, save lives, and grow economies.”
World leaders agreed to take responsibility themselves for their countries’ effort to prevent and treat NCDs.
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