Monday 19 April 2010

Culture and Diversity in Member Care--Part 6

Global Mental Health: Issues and Interviews

Skina, aged 9, being treated for injuries from a cluster bomb.
It exploded while she and her cousins were playing with it.
Photo taken 20 August 2006. Courtesy IRIN.

Humans, close-up.
Contributing in new ways internationally.
Connecting in new ways intentionally.
Crossing sector/discipline zones.
Crossing conflict/calamity zones.
As a member care field.
As a member caregiver.
Humans, close-up.

"The Banyan is a not for profit organization based in Chennai, India. It works for the cause of homeless persons with mental illness. Over the last 13 years, The Banyan has rescued over 1500 women and enabled close to 1000 women, not just recover from the illness but to also trace their lost steps back to their families and communities." See the short video:
One helpful way to stay in touch with international health issues--and to stretch beyond our own cultural and disciplinary boundaries-- is via multimedia resources available on line. An example is the short interviews done with international researchers and practitioners in mental health and related areas, from Global Health TV. Have a look at some of these video links below from Global Health TV. Each one is about three minutes long.

We continue to encourage us all to provide and develop member care in light of the global health context and other important international issues. We find that it is helpful to stay connected with a health area and/or international issue that we are particularly passionate about (including organizations, practitioners, resources etc related to the area/issue). A byproduct is that we will probably enhance our understanding of cultural variation and human diversity and thus be more effective in member care.

Conference Preview for Geneva Health Forum 2010—Movement for Global Mental Health
Dr. Vikram Patel (author of Where There Is No Psychiatrist and editor of the Lancet journal series on Global Mental Health) gives a short update on some of the issues for mental health internationally and a preview of what he will share at the Geneva Health Forum next week.

The Global Burden of Depression
According to the World Health Organization, depression will be the leading cause of illness around the globe. Dr Ian McPherson from the National Mental Health Unit in England shares about the relationship between employment and mental health and the need to prioritise mental health in the global health agenda.

Overcoming Global Oppression Against Women
Sheryl WuDunn is a Pulitzer prize-winning author .She shares about her new book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The material in the book can be used as a toolkit to take action against oppression.

Stress in the Womb
Prenatal stress can have a long-term consequences. Here is a snippet from Vivette Glover, a researcher at Imperial College London, who advocates that reducing stress during pregnancy could help prevent emotional and behavioural problems in children.

Global Mental Health
The Movement for Global Mental Health was launched in 2009 in Athens. Its purpose is to improve services for people with mental health conditions worldwide, promote human rights/protection of those affected, and for more research in low-middle income countries. Psychiatrist Professor Vikram Patel explains that mental health deserves an equal footing with other major health problems such as HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and maternal health.

Reflection and Discussion
1.What did you think of the Banyan video from Chennai, India?

2. Which of the four interviews above interested you the most and why?

3. What is an international health area and/or international issue that really interests you?

4. Briefly mention how you stay practically informed and connected to an international health area or international issue.

5. List three ways that member care workers and those with member care responsibility can benefit from staying connected to international health areas and international issues. 

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