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...

Making Pharma Research Public, Creatively

Image showing pairs of capsules and pills of various colours arranged in a grid, each pair with a number below it. The bottom right corner of the grid has the words "Per os" instead of pills.
Editorial note: With the global mental health movement augmenting the reach of Big Pharma far beyond developed countries, there has been an increase in clinical diagnoses, prescriptions and treatments in low-resource and developing countries. In several countries in...

In Memory of Sania Yau

I am sitting in a McDonalds in Schiphol Airport thinking about a woman I met once a year ago. Her name was Sania Yau, and I learnt last night that she died in a car accident last December. I’m on my way back home from...

Dainius Pūras’s Report at the UN General Assembly

Photograph of a conference with a person in a wheelchair in the foreground
The 44th session on the UN's Human Rights Council is currently underway. The Special Rapporteur Mr Dainius Pūras released a statement, available here to read and download (PDF and Word) in several languages. This is the strongest endorsement so...

Neglected and Forgotten: Women with Disabilities During the COVID Crisis in India

On the right hand top: Rising Flame and Sightsavers logos. On the left top in blue lettering is the title of the report - Neglected and Forgotten: Women with disabilities during the COVID crisis in India. On the remaining space on the page are six figures. Below the text is a woman dressed in a yellow saree in a wheelchair. Walking away from her - with their backs to her - are five people. One is dressed in white and a blue overcoat; one is dressed in a salwar with a small bag; another two in pants and shirt and one person in a lungi. There are all wearing face masks and are at a distance from each other.
Rising Flame, a nonprofit organisation work based in India, working for recognition, protection, and promotion of human rights of People with Disabilities, has published a joint report in collaboration with Sightsavers, an international organisation working with partners in more than 30...

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...

Remembering the Erwadi Holocaust: A Webinar

Oil painting from the early 19th century, showing a dark space crowded with many naked persons lit by a solitary high barred window, depicting a lunatic asylum
Trigger Warning: Brief description of graphic violence The 2001 Erwadi fire incident was commemorated this Thursday, the 6th of August -- this year with a webinar hosted by the Schizophrenia Awareness Association (SAA) and attended by over 80...

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...

INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS DEMANDS A NEW LOOK AT PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS

An international Task Force of the American Psychological Association’s Division 32: Society for Humanistic Psychology has today issued a statement detailing concerns about major psychiatric diagnostic manuals. In an open letter already endorsed by leading international mental health organisations, the Task Force...

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...