Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Mad in the Philippines

In 2001, I interviewed Emma, a 43 year old woman I had met two years earlier during a relief operation we conducted after a mountain of garbage in a landfill came tumbling down onto the shanties where they lived. She was the mother of...

Mental Health Recovery is a Social Justice Issue

She was admitted to the hospital several times in Hong Kong. Officially the admissions were recorded as ‘voluntary’. Yet some of the times she was forced to agree with the admission: ‘If you don’t sign yourself in, we will make it compulsory’, she was...

Digital Spaces in Pakistan as Alternative Care Communities

Mad in Asia’s editorial intern, Momina Masood, talks to Noor ul Huda Niazi, an administrator of a WhatsApp self-help group, about the possibilities and problems posed by the online world in creating communities. The article is written by Momina based on emails and texts...

A Tale of Two Conferences: The disconnect between Global Mental Health and its discontents

In the second week of February 2018, I attended two conferences back-to-back, in different parts of the world, both speaking about the same subject – Global Mental Health – but in completely different languages. The first was the Movement for Global Mental Health Summit...

In Search of Freedom: Personhood, Capacity and China’s Mental Health Law

Xu Wei is a man from Shanghai. He had been incarcerated in psychiatric hospitals and other custodial institutions since 2002, spending around fourteen years in captivity. When China enacted its Mental Health Law in 2013, Xu Wei had the redoubtable honour of being the...

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...

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...