Sunday, February 17, 2019

Global Mental Health or Smoke and Mirrors: TCI Asia Pacific

On TCI Asia Pacific today, Dr. Philip Thomas writes about the #WhatWeNeed campaign and the widely-shared concerns brought up by the Global Mental Health Summit and its championing of the bio-medical model. Dr. Thomas is the author of Psychiatry in Context: Experience, Meaning & Communities. Read Dr. Thomas'...

From ‘user survivor’ to ‘person with psychosocial disability’: Why we are ‘TCI Asia’

Around 25 of 'us' came together for a significant meeting in 2013, in Pune, from four Asian countries – Nepal, China, Philippines and India.* We were people without an identity, along with our allies from the cross disability movement and other unidentified ‘supporters’. 'Mad...

Bali Declaration 2018: Transforming Communities for Inclusion-Asia Pacific

The Classic Edition Plenary of TCI Asia Pacific was held in Bali, Indonesia from 26-29 August, 2018. The Plenaries are an important space for individuals and Disabled People's Organisation (DPO) members from Asia and Pacific Region to come together, learn and share, and to...

TCI Asia at the UN

TCI Asia members have been representing regional concerns and solutions and contributing to discussions within the UN system to ensure that transforming communities for inclusion remains at the core of efforts to challenge and change the mental health care system. Promoting human rights – OHCHR...

Trauma Outside the Box: How the ‘Trauma-Informed’ Trend Falls Short: Mad in America

Clinical psychologist, Noel Hunter, writes about the "trauma-informed" approach in mental health practice and the inevitable harm such practice causes and perpetuates. The following was first published in Mad in America and be viewed here → *** Increasingly, it is becoming fashionable for mental health agencies and...

Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit – Open Letter

The National Survivor User Network (NSUN), England has released an open letter protesting the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit organised by the UK government. Signed by around 150 mental health campaigners and organisations from 25 countries, including Mad in Asia Pacific, TCI Asia Pacific...

Global Mental Health: An Old System Wearing New Clothes

Mad in America is bringing forth a series of podcast interviews on the topic of the global "mental health" movement. To view the last interview in this series, click here. This week Mad in America speaks to our very own, Jhilmil Breckenridge and Dr. Bhargavi Davar....

The Global ‘Mental Health’ Movement – Cause For Concern: Mad in America

This week on Mad in America, a series of podcast interviews will be broadcast on the topic of the global 'mental health' movement. The following was first published on Mad in America here. *** In this episode, we interview Dr. Melissa Raven, who is a psychiatric epidemiologist,...

Global Mental Health – Coloniality, Technology and Medicalization

New in Mad in America's ongoing podcast series, Dr. China Mills speaks on the Lancet's proposal, and shares her insights on the role of coloniality, technology, and medicalization in the global "mental health" movement. The following interview is part of Mad in America's podcast on global mental health,...

Peer Support in Asia: JNGMDP and TCI Asia Meeting in Japan

On November 22-23, 2017, the Japan National Group of Mentally Disabled People (JNGMDP) hosted a TCI Asia plenary to discuss the current practice and the future of peer support in the region. The meeting was supported by the Open Society Foundation, International Disability Alliance, Japan Disability...