From Amelioration to Transformation: Hopes for Mental Health in Human Rights-Based Systems

Pathway between trees with rays of sunshine filtering in.
This article was originally published on the #WhatWeNeed blog and can be accessed here. During my final year, M. Phil Clinical Psychology course in 2013, a professor of Psychiatric Social Work who saw the title of my thesis...

Join the #WhatWENeed Campaign!

#WhatWENeed Full CRPD Compliance on the Inclusion of persons with psychosocial disabilities    TCI Asia Pacific (TCI AP) is launching a social media campaign in partnership with dozens of individuals and organizations worldwide, to have the voices of persons with psychosocial disabilities amplified during the International Mental...

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...

COVID-19 and Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities: A Joint Statement and Some Recommendations

The following concerned organisations have drafted a collective statement on the heightened risk that people living with psychosocial disabilities face amidst a pandemic like COVID-19.-Pan African Network of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities-Redesfera Latinoamericana de la Diversidad Psicosocial-TCI Asia Pacific (Transforming Communities for...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...