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Disability as an Intersectional Human Rights Movement – An Interview with Janice Cambri from the Philippines

TCI Asia Pacific recently interviewed Janice Cambri from the Philippines. A survivor of psychiatry, her personal history is what propelled her to become a disability rights activist. She founded the first advocate group for persons with psychosocial disabilities in the Philippines after being introduced to the CRPD and TCI Asia Pacific in 2014. She works …

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Reframing “#WhatWENeed” through the Bali Declaration

On the 29th of August, 2018, the 5th “Classic Edition” Plenary of the TCI Asia Pacific was held in Bali, Indonesia. At the Plenary, persons with psychosocial disabilities and their cross disability supporters from 21 countries of the Asia Pacific region came together to adopt the Bali Declaration. The Bali Declaration is an amalgamation of …

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Link between Diet and Mental Health – Role of a Nutritious Diet on Mental Well-Being

The link between diet and health is a well established one. Previous research has shown that there is a well established connection between a diet high on pro-inflammatory foods and depression. The benefits of having a rich, well-balanced diet on our well being and as an additional and alternative form of recovery is widely practiced …

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Press Release – Oppose Protocol for Detention, Forced Treatment; Provide Alternatives #WithdrawOviedo

(Brussels) – Council of Europe member states should oppose new proposed standards regulating the detention and forced treatment of people with disabilities, Human Rights Watch said today. The body in charge of developing the standards, the Council of Europe’s Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO), consisting of experts from each member state, is to meet on November …

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Making Sense of Trauma – Moving Away from the Disease Model and Embracing Cultural Responses to Stress

Noel Hunter recently wrote on Mad in America about how the ‘trauma-informed trend often falls short’. In this article, she argues that while there are more and more mental health professionals who are becoming ‘trauma-informed’ and though the trend is moving in that direction, many of them have not moved beyond the disease model of …

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From the Mental Health Movement to the Disability Movement – In Conversation with Yeni Rosa Damayanti

Left: Yeni Rosa Damayanti Recently, TCI Asia Pacific spoke with Yeni Rosa Damayanti, Chairperson of the Indonesian Mental Health Association, about her experience with international, regional and national advocacy in human rights for persons with disabilities, the ideologies she aligns herself with and where she sees and hopes to see persons with psychosocial disabilities in …

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Mad in Asia Interview Series on ‘Making Inclusion a Reality’

An interview series first published on Mad in Asia Pacific looks at the work of three activists working in the Asia Pacific region. Emmy Charissa from Singapore, Silvia Antonia De Costa Soares from Timor Leste and Frank from China speak to Jhilmil Breckenridge from Mad in Asia Pacific. In the first part of this two-part …

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What We Need In Tonga

#WhatWENeed in Tonga Colonialism and Tonga Tonga was never colonized by any country. It did not have a mental health law until 1992. However, it had ‘friendship’ status for 70 years with Britain. It was a British ‘protectorate’ from 1900 until 1970, when it attained full Independence. It always retained its political sovereignty; However, many …

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Cross-Disability Perspective to the #WhatWeNeed Campaign

Cross-disability perspective to the WhatWeNeed campaign by Shivani Gupta I am a person with a disability working as a cross-disability advocate and am also pursuing a PhD around support structures available to persons with high support needs living in rural communities in India. With very limited knowledge of psychosocial disabilities, I was fortunate to associate …

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Reframing the Momentum: From ‘Mental Health’ to ‘Inclusion’

Blog contributed by TCI Asia Pacific #WhatWENeed – Reframing the momentum: From ‘mental health’ to ‘inclusion’ [1] TCI Asia Pacific advocates that the action field for persons with (psychosocial) disabilities is not the ‘mental health’ sector, but the Development sector. When we ask for ‘inclusion’, we have a more universal frame for our advocacy. Introducing …

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