WHO mhGAP Forum held on WMH Day
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On 10th October 2011 - World Mental Health Day - the third mhGAP Forum was held at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. A wide variety of organisations working in mental health discussed progress and challenges in the fight to reduce the gap between needs and services in the field of mental health.
What is mhGAP?
Progress in mhGAP implementation
A real life story
He took the decision to openly announce his diagnosis, and took a month off from work while he recovered from his sickness. It was a powerful story, and illustrated well his points about the importance of mental illness being brought out of the shadows and being a subject that can be discussed as a way to reduce stigma.
He also emphasised that he returned to work after he received treatment and recovered. He was lucky to be able to do this, because many people with psychosocial disabilities are routinely assumed not to be able to work.
He strongly argued that this was a damaging attitude, both for people trying to recover themselves, and society in general. He felt that he in fact became a better leader because of having gone through the experience of having an episode of depression.
It was great to hear a practical example of the principle of ‘nothing about us without us’, and to see what a powerful impact the voice of people with first-hand experience can have.