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#WhatWENeed in Japan - Excerpts from TCI Asia Action in Japan

Osaka  - 22-23 November 2017 #WhatWENeed
Peer support as community development, not "mental health care"
Excerpts from "TCI Asia Action in Japan"[1][2]
One of the objectives of TCI AP's Japan exchange were: To bring a small group of peer support practitioners from TCI Asia membership, and to have focussed discussion on the importance of peer support in Asia.
It was also hoped that there will be lively exchange with the Japanese government, and other key policy stakeholders, on the importance of peer support in Japan.Being a high income economy, TCI Asia Pacific also learnt a lot about the highly institutionalized setting of mental health care. ...
Peer support movement in the way practised in the West, has been there for at least 2 decades, as far as we know, in Asia (e.g. HongKong, Japan). Some leading user / survivor figures at the time, for e.g. Mary O'Hagan, supported the trainings and mentorship of DPOs in the countries [3].Open Dialogue was also quite popula…

A Response to the Lancet Commission on global mental health and sustainable development

Blog post contributed by Akriti Mehta

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With the approach of the World Mental Health Week 2018, Consumer Action Network Mental Health Lanka - CAN MH Lanka commenced its World Mental Health Day campaign on 10th October 2018 at Sri Lanka Parliament. Honorable Prime Minister Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe was accoutred with the 'symbol of mind' launching the campaign. The 'Bali Declaration 2018 - Transforming Communities for Inclusion of persons with psychosocial disabilities - Asia-Pacific' was presented by Mr. Sunil Nanayakkara along with the proposals of PwPD community in Sri Lanka. Dr. Kapila Wickramanayake (Director, National Institute of Mental Health) presented the media guide for suicide prevention published by the WHO country office. Mr. Ashoka Kumara (advisory committee member) and Mr. Pradeep Chandana Gunarathne (advisory committee member) also were participated in the event.
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The Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit and the Lancet Commission: Some Uncomfortable Reflections By China Mills

China Mills (University of Sheffield) writes in Mad in Asia today her thoughts on the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit and the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development. China Mills is a Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Sheffield, UK. Her research develops the framework of psychopolitics to examine the way mental health gets framed as a global health priority. In 2014, she published the book ‘Decolonizing Global Mental Health’ (Routledge).
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