Sunday, August 9, 2020

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

An Alternative Review Of The Mental Health Act: Mad in the UK

Today Mad in the UK published a coverage of the Mental Health Act and alternative reports surrounding it. The following was first published in Mad in the UK and can be accessed here:  *** MEDIA RELEASE: Hearing Voices Network England 6.12.2018 A RALLYING CALL TO MAKE BOLD AND AMBITIOUS...

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...

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...