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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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Reframing mental health services from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What’s happened to you?”

Zenobia Morrill recently wrote on Mad in America on Trauma-Informed care with survivors perspectives. Based on a new editorial in the Journal of Mental Health by Dr. Angela Sweeney in collaboration with Dr. Danny Taggart, she writes on trauma informed approaches and how survivors perspectives come into context especially with re-traumatization through mental health services.

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A Cross Disability Understanding of the Effects of Stigma and Social Factors on Health Outcomes

Sadie Cathcart recently wrote on Mad in America about a new study on autism by Monique Botha and David M. Frost from the University of Surrey. Botha and Frost write “The minority model of disability is underpinned by the notion that one can have a condition the medical model considers a disability, but in actuality,

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Mental Health Europe Responds to the Lancet Commission Report

Mental Health Europe recently published a response to the Lancet Commission Report released on World Mental Health Day 2018. They write, “…the report’s key recommendations still come from a biomedical starting point, and therefore fail to recognise fully both the psychosocial model of mental health and community services. Change would involve tackling the power of

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New Report Compiles Global Evidence Base for Alternatives to Coercion

A new report brings together evidence from around the world on preventing, reducing and ending coercion in mental health settings. The report, authored by Bernadette McSherry, Cath Roper, Flick Grey and myself, was commissioned by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to inform the work of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons

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