Mental Health


WHO | Reforming mental health in Lebanon amid refugee crises

Article published in August 2016 Source: WHO | Reforming mental health in Lebanon amid refugee crises


Sharing truths of terminal illness in rural Guatemala

Over the last four years I have visited communities in rural Guatemala with Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance, a civil society organization providing health Read More


Behavior Change: Global Nutrition and Food Security Policy and the Life of the Practitioner

Habits are hard to change. We can all relate. Yet I frequently tell my patients that they should make lifestyle adjustments. For the patient population Read More


Can we eat our way to a healthier future?

The United Nations General Assembly has declared the start of the Decade of Action on Nutrition. Jamie Oliver calls it a Food Revolution. The EAT Initiative are challenging us to do it sustainably, even in some of the world’s largest cities — but to NCDFREE, it’s all going to start with a Feast Of Ideas. As part of our October series, Juliette Wittich NCDFREE’s Global Coordinator for Australasia explains how NCDFREE are taking things back to basics and starting with the 7.4 billion plates of food in front of us everyday to solve one of the biggest health challenges we are facing today. 

Marking World Mental Health Day, U.N. Secretary General, WHO Call For Improved Psychological…

U.N. News Centre: On World Mental Health Day, Ban cites need of immediate support for post-crisis psychological distress “Marking World Mental Health Day 2016, the United Nations has highlighted the importance of making mental health care available to everyone who needs it — with a focus this year on providing immediate support to those in…More

Doctors, Researchers Beginning To Take Action On Mental Health Of Migrants, Refugees Entering…

Nature: The mental health crisis among migrants “…Europe is experiencing the largest movement of people since the Second World War. … Most came from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Many have experienced war, shock, upheaval, and terrible journeys, and they often have poor physical health. … What hasn’t been widely discussed is the enormous burden of…More

Discrimination and negative attitudes about ageing are bad for your health

New analysis by WHO shows that negative or ageist attitudes towards older people are widespread. They also negatively affect older people’s physical and mental health.

October 2016 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The October 2016 WHO Bulletin includes editorials, news, and research and policy articles on various topics including articles on training health workers to provide mental health care in the eastern Mediterranean, the impact of adding maternal and child health interventions to India’s mass measles vaccination campaign, and scaling…More

New York Times Examines Venezuela’s Mental Health System

New York Times: Inside Venezuela’s Crumbling Mental Hospitals “The state-run psychiatric hospital here in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, has long been a forgotten place, filled with forgotten people. But with Venezuela suffering from a severe economic crisis, this mental institution has almost no drugs to control the afflictions tormenting its patients. At the invitation of doctors, reporters…More

Improving Ghana’s mental healthcare through task-shifting- psychiatrists and health policy…

The scarcity of mental health professionals places specialist psychiatric care out of the reach of most people in low and middle income countries.

Psychological first aid: Help in Kashmir for ‘significant mental distress‘

In Kashmir Valley, amid the world’s largest and most militarized territorial dispute between India and Pakistan, medical organizations are turning to mental health care as brutal clashes leave scores of distraught survivors in their wake. A recent report by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) found that 93 percent of the Kashmiri population has experienced conflict-related trauma, and 45 percent –

WHO Recognizes International Day Of Older Persons, Urges Better Attitudes Toward, Treatment Of…

WHO: Discrimination and negative attitudes about aging are bad for your health “New analysis by WHO shows that negative or ageist attitudes towards older people are widespread. They also negatively affect older people’s physical and mental health. Fully 60 percent of respondents in the WHO ‘World Values Survey’ reported that older people are not respected.…More

Healthcare providers on the frontlines: a qualitative investigation of the social and emotional…

Although research on the epidemiology and ecology of Ebola has expanded since the 2014–15 outbreak in West Africa, less attention has been paid to the mental health implications and the psychosocial context of the disease for providers working in primary health facilities (rather than Ebola-specific treatment units).

Indonesia Making Progress To Improve Mental Health Care Services, U.S. News Reports

U.S. News & World Report: The Prison of Mental Illness in Indonesia “…Lacking psychiatrists is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to under-developed mental health systems. Without trained professionals leading the effort it’s difficult to design the entire infrastructure of a mental health system, from primary care providers up to psychiatric hospitals.…More

Syria’s Civil War Could Lead To Long-Term Mental Health Challenges, Consequences For Children

Washington Post: I treated kids in a Syrian hospital. We have no idea how to heal their trauma. John Kahler, pediatrician and volunteer with the Syrian American Medical Society “…[The war in Syria] is maiming children emotionally as well as physically. … [The] environment [in Aleppo] has led to epidemics of anxiety and depression among…More

In India, systemic forces lead scores of indebted farmers to commit suicide

Combine restrictive financial policies with the instability of climate change, and what do you get? In India, unfortunately, it leads to crippling debt for farmers. Even worse, this debt is leading many of those farmers to commit suicide in large numbers. More than 300,000 farmers – cultivators and agricultural laborers – have committed suicide in

Indicators for routine monitoring of effective mental healthcare coverage in low- and…

High-quality information to measure the need for, and the uptake, cost, quality and impact of care is essential in the pursuit of scaling up mental health care in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).

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