Our plans for 2017
International Convention, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, 18th - 20th April 2017
Details of this event will be available on our website shortly.
All Wales International Conference, All Nations Conference Centre, Cardiff, 18-19th July 2017
Following on from our successful International conferences at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in 2104 in 205 we a hloding a further conference this year. This conference will be co-hosting with Public Health Wales and ourselves on the theme of the whole person, whole life, whole systems
. Check our website for further details which will be available shortly.
INTERVOICE conference, Boston, USA
The World Hearing Voices Congress will be held in the United States this year. Be sure to mark your calendars now!. August 16-18, 2017 Boston University, Boston, MA, USA. More information here.
Brazil New Approaches June 1st - 3rd, 2017 in Rio de Janiero.
IMHCN with our Brazilian partner CENAT (Centro Educacional Novas Abordagens Terapeuticas) will be hosting a national forum on new approaches to mental health in Rio de Janeiro in August. The international presenters will be Martijn Kole (Enik Recovery College, Netherlands) and Oryx Cohen (National Empowerment Center, USA) both well known for their work on peer led recovery approaches. More information here.
International Conference, Trieste, Italy, September 2017
This conference will follow up the successful Crossroads for Change Conference held in October, 2016. It will focus on good practice in community mental health. It will be hosted by Trieste Mental Health Department in collaboration with the World Health Organisationand IMHCN.
- Further work in York and Region is planned to further develop the mental health network and work towards a whole life whole system strategy and through further collaboration with Trieste.
- The twinning collaboration between Hywel Dda Health Board, West Wales and Trieste Mental Health Department, Italy will continue with the aim of assisting Hywel Dda in the transformation of their mental health services.
- We continue to work with the Trieste Mental Health Department in developing the Recovery Learning Community and Recovery House and peer led initiates, we are following up the Action Learning Sets held in 2016 in Trieste, Hywel Dda with a Symposium.
- We will continue to work with the Aneurin Bevan Health Board in developing the Whole life Whole Systems Acute and Crisis Service and practice.
- We are continuing discussions with Cornwall Mental Health Trust on the Discovery Partner and Discovery Community Programme. A workshop will be held later this year.
- The IMHCN is a partner with a consortium in Poland that develop community mental health services. We are supporting this work and several events will be held.
- IMHCN will be working with our partner Alternative Futures Group over the next year to support and assist them in the development of a trauma informed recovery community in Manchester.
- The work on community mental health development in Palestine will be continued over the next two years. IMHCN will continue to support this.
Our work in 2016
THINK-TANK Conference "CROSSROADS OF CHANGE"
The meeting hosted by the Trieste Mental Health Department and IMHCN was an opportunity to share leading experiences in a Whole Life, Whole Systems, Whole Community Approach to Mental Health Services and Practices. The Think-Tank was held on the 17th-18th October 2016, in Trieste, Italy. The aim of this Think-Tank Conference was to bring this wealth of experience together in a workshop style discourse and learning. We will use the methodology of Action Learning Sets to facilitate this to get the maximum benefit as practical outcomes for us.
We will also used the opportunity to begin to compile a compendium of our best practices and leading experiences and share this with mental health services around the world.
The compendium of best practices will be used to inform the development of a WHO Quality Rights guidance on community based and recovery oriented services that respect and promote human rights as part of the overall WHO QualityRights initiative, which works to improve quality and rights in mental health around the world.
It is planned that this meeting will be the first step in a larger conference on this topic to be held in 2017.
We will focus our program and work on the Whole Person, Whole Life, Whole Systems, Whole Community Approach.
You can see the full description of the event, the programme and pdf's of twenty presentations on the Treiste Mental Health Department website here
Trieste Recovery Learning Community & Recovery House: 18 months later
"It is the community that changes together with the people that are part of it. It is the community that take care of individual journeys of people, families, services, and territory in which meetings are the ground in which change happens through the dialogue."
Izabel Marin, Roberta Casadio and Paul Baker provide an update of the progress made in establishing the Recovery House and Recovery Learning community in Trieste, Italy. This article consider the challenges, the learnings and the achievements so far. You can read the article here
Psychiatric hospital reform in India
Tasneem Raja, the Senior Program Officer at Sir Dorabji Tata Trust provides an overview of the issues facing India in reforming psychiatric hospital care.
Global mental health reforms emphasise the development of community-based and primary care mental health but are silent about SMD patients in large institutions. Given the lack of feasibility of closing down psychiatric institutions in most low and middle income countries, ‘Uddan’ is a collaborative program of Tata Trusts with the Government of Maharashtra addressing institutional reform in the Nagpur Regional Mental Hospital in the state of Maharashtra in India. The program aims to demonstrate a feasible an evidence based process of reform that has implication not just across all the 43 mental hospitals of India but also for other low and middle income countries.
You can read the article here
News from IMHCN Members
Hearing Voices Network Cymru (Wales)
The Milford Haven Meeting
Hywel Davies and John Stacey describe their work with a group of people who hear voices. The success of the group raises questions about how mental health services are often not able to provide time and space for people and to develop reciprocal trusting relationships and support. You can read the full article here.
The website of HVN Cymru (IMHCN Member) provides positive messages and perspectives about hearing voices you can visit their website here.
“New Ways of Working” workshops have been held throughout Brazil and have been attended by hundreds of interested professionals, users and family members. In collaboration with CENAT (Centro Educacional Novas Abordagens Terapeuticas) Paul Baker and Roberta Casadio held workshops in Rio de Janerio in June, whilst Paul also facilitated workshops in Marilia, Campinas Recife, Joao Pessoa and Sao Paulo. In November Paul returned to Brazil where workshops were held in Curatiba, Porto Allegre and Imperatriz.
Metamorphosis of Mental Health Services: Innovative approaches in Malaysia, April 2016
The Convention was organised by our partner Hospital Permai, Johor Bahru Badan Pendidikan Psychiatry in collaboration with the International Mental Health Collaborating Network (IMHCN) and the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation.
Each day the International Mental Health Collaborating Network (IMHCN) ran Action Learning Sets and Workshops. To introduce an Whole Person, Whole Life, Whole System and Recovery Approach to Mental Health. See more about the convention here