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'...

The Forgotten People

Documentary photo of a person locked up and sitting in a corner of a dark room, with a dirty floor, seen through bars.
Only last year, Mad in Asia Pacific ran Yeni Rosa Damayanti’s photo-essay on the horrific conditions the mentally ill in Indonesia had been abandoned in during and after the 2018 earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi. Damayanti, a lead TCI Asia...

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...

Iatrogenic Effects of Neuroleptics: An Introduction to Peter Lehmann’s Work

With globalising psychiatry and medicalisation of social deprivation in the Asia-Pacific region, psychiatric drugs continue to be prescribed to people without enough information about their side effects. This increasingly leaves them and their caregivers in the lurch about withdrawing from them...

Indonesia and Japan Sign Memorandum of Cooperation in Law and Human Right: ANTARA News

Recently the governments of Indonesia and Japan signed the Memorandum of Cooperation in Law and Human Right, a massive step forward in strengthening ties between the two countries that have now joined forces to work together for developing civil and commercial sectors. For more, click...

Felicitating the Special Rapporteur (Health), Dr. Danius Puras’ For His Final Report to the HRC (A/HRC/44/48)

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A Response Statement byTransforming Communities for Inclusion Asia Pacific (TCI Asia Pacific)Redesfera Latino Americana de la Diversidad PsicosocialPan African Network of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities We, persons with psychosocial disabilities, users, ex-users, survivors and mad people from...

Supporting a Collective and Unified Response towards the International Mental Health Week 2018

From the TCI Asia Desk#WhatWENeed is Full CRPD Compliance — A Campaign Report for the campaign period October-December’18  Transforming Communities for Inclusion Asia Pacific, a regional DPO in the Asia Pacific region, in partnership with IDA, has, since 2014, been advocating for...

Unveiling TCI Asia Pacific’s Yearly Global Campaign #WhatWeNeed 2020

TCI-Asia Pacific is an organisation of users and survivors of psychiatry, persons with mad identities, identity diversities and psychosocial disabilities from the Asia Pacific regions. TCI runs a global social media campaign every year called #WhatWENeed, which provides...

New report published by the UN Special rapporteur on health says relationships and social justice are main determinants of mental health

On the 24th of June, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Dr. Dainius Pūras, presented a report examining the multiple ways in which human rights intersect with the determinants of mental health and well-being. The report argues that policy...

How the CRPD Changed Us

This article was originally published on the WhatWENeed blog here as a part of CRPD refresh. My earliest interactions with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was in 2016, almost 10 years after my country...