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...

Advisory Issued by the Korean Association for Mental Illness for Coronavirus

In light of the widespread outbreak of Coronavirus over the past few months, the Korean Association for Mental Illness issued a warning statement for psychiatric hospitals on February 25, 2020. Korean Association for Mental Illness made a statement...

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...

Almost All Patients in South Korean Psychiatric Ward Have Virus

This post was originally written by Kanga Kong for Bloomberg on February 22, 2020 and can be accessed here. Almost all patients at a psychiatric ward of a South Korean hospital tested positive for the coronavirus, with local reports...

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...

UN Report: Involuntary Psychiatric Interventions “May Well Amount to Torture”

This article was originally written by Tina Minkowitz for Mad in America on March 5, 2020 and can be accessed here. In a new report, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture writes that "Involuntary psychiatric interventions...

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 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...