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  • Mental health services scaled up in Syria

    Mental health services are becoming more widely available than ever before to the Syrian people in spite of conflict in the country. In the January issue of the WHO Bulletin, Dale Gavlak reports on how this was accomplished, and the impact on the people of Syria.

  • Programs Expand Schizophrenic Patients’ Role in Their Own Care

    Over the past several years, a number of US states have set up programs emphasizing supportive services, like sustained one-on-one therapy, school and work assistance, and family education, as well as medication. The therapists work to engage each patient as an equal partner in decisions — including about medication dosage, to make it as tolerable as possible.

  • Replacement of the Brazilian mental health national coordinator with a former director of one of the dreaded psychiatric hospitals in Latin America

    The new Brazilian minister of health has removed the federal coordinator of mental health Roberto Tykanory, historical leader of the Brazilian mental health reform, and has nominated as new national coordinator a psychiatrist representing the most conservative psychiatry based on asylums. This nomination triggered national and international support to defend the reform and the movement "luta antimanicomial".

  • mhGAP Forum 2015

    On 8-9 October 2015, WHO hosted its mhGAP Forum, which is convened every year in Geneva to promote collaboration and coordinated action to address progress in global mental health. The Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health attended this important Forum.

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