Some of the more noteworthy presentations for me personally dealt with assessing and treating people exposed to violence/trauma; ethical issues in photographing people with serious mental conditions including people in chains and cages; residential treatment services and mental health practices in countries such as Mauritania and Uganda; progress in scaling up services for mental health globally in the last 10 years; a listing of core resources in the GMH field; empirical evidence for the efficacy of mental health interventions in humanitarian settings; highlights from the recently published Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health study; a review of the emergency mental health response to the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan on 11 March 2011; and two outstanding South Africa films with themes of HIV-AIDS, crime, dysfunctional and resilient families and communities, poverty, and courage (Life, Above All (2010, click for trailer) is the story of 12 year-old girl trying to help her family survive and the Oscar-winning film Tsotsi (2005, click for trailer) about the life of a young gang leader.
- The Lancet special issue on Global Mental Health (2011), available online for free and officially launched here at the Summit; and
- Several informal interviews (three-minute video clips) of participants discussing their work and presentations (including myself). I highly recommend going through these two resources as well as viewing the two movies mentioned above. (link hopefully coming soon)
Reflection and Discussion
2. List three things that can hinder and three things that can facilitate the inclusion of spirituality in the GMH agenda.
3. Why might it be easier to spend time at a conference center rather than a community center?