This weblog features the Global Integration Updates from Member Care Associates. The Updates provide materials to support colleagues in different sectors as they connect and contribute on behalf of the major issues in our world. Feel free to add comments and resources in the "Comments" section located at the end of each of the Updates.
Global Integration Updates Common Ground for the Common Good Build the world we need--Be the people we needSpecial News--October 2019 Mental Health for All--Me Too! Bringing our mental health into the light
Mental health and behavioral struggles such as depression, anxiety, and addictions are part of our lives, organizations, and world. Let's make it safer to share our struggles. We are as healthy as our secrets. We are as sane as our stigmas.
In this Update we focus on the importance of mental health for all, including ourselves! Who doesn't know some one affected by mental "ill" health?! It affects all of us: #MeTooHeTooSheTooWeToo.
We highlight a variety of mental health resources en route to World Mental Health Day (10 October). Examples include two TED Talks (personal account of depression-anxiety, long-term study on happiness), materials for understanding and preventing suicide, and information on upcoming strategic conferences for scaling up mental health in communities-countries and in emergency settings. Have a look!
No shame. No stigmas. Bring our mental health into the light!
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Resource 1: Video about coming out...for mental health There’s No Shame in Taking Care of Your Mental Health. Sangu Delle, TED Talk, Nigeria. “When stress got to be too much for…Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn't take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that's uncomfortable with emotions. As he says: "Being honest about how we feel doesn't make us weak — it makes us human.”” (Ted Talk description)
Note: Thanks toDisaster Readyfor sharing this TED Talk with the humanitarian sector and their introductory comments: “Downplaying the effects of stress, anxiety and depression can be detrimental both for you and for your organization…. Delle’s tips on promoting mental health in the workplace will help you address your own anxieties and develop a healthier culture in your organization.”
Resource 2: Campaign materials on suicide Mental Health Promotion and Preventing Suicide. World Mental Health Day (10 October 2019), World Federation for Mental Health. “According to the [World Health Organization], more than 800,000 people die by suicide a year, making it the principal cause of death among people fifteen to twenty-nine years old. It is often believed that it is only adults who exhibit suicidal behaviors, but…many children and young people engage in this kind of behavior as a result of violence, sexual abuse, bullying and cyberbullying. Suicide is a global public health problem…Getting people to talk about a subject that tends to be taboo and about which many hold mistaken and prejudiced ideas will help the community to learn about the risk factors so that they can identify and learn to address them.” (from WMHD--WFMH website)
Image from the Speak Your Mind campaign. "We believe in a world where everyone, everywhere has someone to turn to when their mental health needs support."
Resource 3: October conferences (possible live streaming of plenaries) International Conference on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Crisis Situations.Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands(7-8 October 2019, Amsterdam).“This international conference will bring together experts, academics, policymakers, ministers and those with lived experience from all over the world...[It] is one in a series of international conferences on mental health support launched in 2018 on the United Kingdom’s initiative. The International Conference...aims to: mobilise commitment from countries and organisations to scaling up sustainable and high quality MHPSS during and after disasters and conflicts; increase the level of commitment by countries and donors to long-term financial support for MHPSS in crises, and identify financing mechanisms; [and] present proven, scalable, evidence-based approaches and interventions, and ways to integrate them into humanitarian aid programmes.” (excerpts from conference website)
Enhancing Country Action on Mental Health. World Health Organization Mental Health Forum (14-15 October 2019, Geneva). “Highlights in this year’s programme include: Mental Health on the Political Agenda...[to]review the progress, learn about new initiatives and discuss ways to enhance country action; WHO Special Initiative for Mental Health (2019-2023): Universal Health Coverage for Mental Health conceived to strategically advance policies, advocacy and human rights, and scale-up quality interventions and services for people with mental health conditions, including substance use and neurological disorders. World Mental Health Day 2019 [with]a lunch time seminar on suicide prevention;....launch of The mhGAP Community Toolkit, aimed at increasing and facilitating country action and community implementation of mental health, and of the publications Preventing suicide: a resource for pesticide registrars and regulators and Preventing suicide: a resource for filmmakers. We will discuss how WHO tools are supporting the implementation of policies and mental health interventions in different age groups and across different settings, and how we can do better. WHO will present its work and consult with you on a range of key topics relevant to country action. As always, there will be plenty of time for informal networking.” (excerpts from program description-website) Resource 4: Video on happiness What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness.Robert Waldinger, TED Talk, USA. “What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.” (TED Talk description)
Note: What do you think? Does long-term happiness primarily involve self-actualization,quality relationships, a sense of purpose-meaning, and/or compassion for self and others? Or something else?
Member Care Associates Inc. (MCA) is a non-profit, Christian organization working internationally from Geneva and the USA. MCA's involvement in Global Integration focuses on the wellbeing and effectiveness of personnel and their organizations in the mission, humanitarian, and development sectors as well as global mental health, all with a view towards supporting sustainable development for all people and the planet. Our services include consultation, training, research, developing resources, and publications.
Global Integration(GI) is a framework for actively and responsibly engaging in our world--locally to globally. It emphasizes connecting relationally and contributing relevantly on behalf of human wellbeing and the issues facing humanity, in light of our integrity, commitments, and core values (e.g., ethical, humanitarian, human rights, faith-based). GI encourages a variety of people to be at the “global tables” and in the "global trenches"--and everything in-between--in order to help research, shape, and monitor agendas, policies, and action for all people and the planet. It intentionally links building the world we need with being the people we need.
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