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Mental Health
Champions Awards 2018

The results will be revealed on the 12th December 2018

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The results will be revealed on the 12th December 2018 

Mental Health Champions 2018

The NOMINEES are...

Academic and educational institutions

Mental Health and Family and Community Medical Internship from Medical School of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Mental Health and Family and Community Medical Internship from Medical School of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
The current curricular guidelines for the Medical School in Brazil includes Mental Health (MH) as one of the mandatory areas of medical school internship to be implemented by 2018.

This has brought some questions and decisions to be made by the UFRJ's teaching staff - which should the graduate of medicine in his training as a general practitioner to learn about MH ?, - what is the best scenario for this learning? Taking into account the high prevalence of mental disorders in primary health care (PHC) and the WHO recommendations on integrating mental health into PHC, plus the fact that most future physicians will encounter patients with mental disorders in their clinical practices and not in the specialized scenario, we opted to privilege the locus of PHC for the formation in MH of the medical students of the UFRJ.

This process is very complex. These complexities range from the discussion about what is Mental Health and its relation to Psychiatry, the relevance of psychiatric classifications in the PHC scenario and if the medical student's learning in the PHC setting helps in the clinical care of the patient with mental disorder and in the demise of the stigma in relation to these patients.

We currently have 126 medical students in 17 primary care services in the city of Rio de Janeiro accompanied by 12 psychiatrists who come to the services weekly to discuss and see together patients with mental disorder with the medical intern and with the service staff.

WONCA – The World Organization of Family Doctors

WONCA – The World Organization of Family Doctors

The World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) is at the forefront of initiatives to enhance global equity of access to high quality primary mental health care. Our vision is to provide a universal gold standard of care for mental health by empowerment through primary care and in collaboration with all interested stakeholders.

We have been active for more than a decade, and some of our key achievements include:

  • Publication of the seminal policy document Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care: A Global Perspective (WHO/WONCA, 2008). This has influenced numerous policy initiatives, currently including Eastern Mediterranean Region.
  • Hosting two major international conferences in Granada, Spain (2008, 2012), jointly with World Psychiatric Association, on Mental Health and Family Medicine.
  • Wonca is an official WHO non-State Actor, and we offer regular primary mental health expert guidance to WHO – for example, through the mhGAP Implementation Guides (2010, 2016), designed to support evidence-based mental health care in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Expert primary care guidance to the 7th Ibero-American Summit on Primary Health Care (Colombia 2018)
  • Expert primary care resource as invited plenary speakers at international conference, including World Congress of Psychiatry (Mexico, 2018) and Perinatal Mental Health Conference (Romania, 2018).
  • Through our international consultancy service, providing train the trainer programmes on depression and related problems in to family doctors in Moldova (2016), Japan (2018-9) and across Asia-Pacific region (2018-20).

World Psychiatric Association

World Psychiatric Association
The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) is psychiatry’s global association representing 140 psychiatric societies in 120 countries and supporting more than 250,000 psychiatrists.

With 70 Scientific Sections, it promotes collaborative work in specialist areas of psychiatry developing ethical guidelines for psychiatric practice, including the Madrid Declaration, consensus statements on topics including women’s mental health, psychiatric rehabilitation and reducing stigma and discrimination against people with mental disorders.

The WPA partners with its members hosting the annual WPA World Congress of Psychiatry bringing together global leaders in mental health, early career professionals, carers and service users to learn from each other and share that knowledge locally.

This focus on education and learning has seen WPA develop various educational programs – including its long-distance e-Learning program.

Courses such as this are vital for Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) where only one-third of psychiatric faculty departments are based, despite the fact that they represent more than 80% of the world’s population.

This year, WPA took its first major steps towards its goal of strengthening the contribution of psychiatrists in regional or national responses to conflicts, emergencies and adversity. Working with citiesRISE and the Juan José López-Ibor Foundation, WPA laid the foundations of its project to link local action with its global network to accelerate uptake and spread of best practices and approaches. Community resilience and early action is critical for responding to mental health needs in adversities and emergencies – this project will enable psychiatrists to play their critical role as advocates, facilitators, trainers and clinicians.

Department of Mental Health University of Malta

Department of Mental Health University of Malta

The Department of Mental within the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta has always dedicated its efforts into producing the highest quality of psychiatric nurses as well as increase the knowledge about mental health and increase public awareness with campaigns such as #STOPSTIGMA. The Department is heavily involved in research projects to provide evidence based research i to improve mental health care delivery


Dr. Helene Marceau Crooks - Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Helene Marceau Crooks
Quebec born, McGill University alumnus, now Trinidad & Tobago citizen; resident and working in Trinidad & Tobago over forty (40) years.

Nationally honoured by the Govt of Trinidad & Tobago in 2018 - awarded HBM Gold for services to medicine, especially in the field of mental health.

1st female to be honoured in 2016 by the Association of Psychiatrists of Trinidad and Tobago at the 14th International Psychiatric Conference held at the Radisson Trinidad on Sunday, November 13, 2016, and hosted by the Association of Psychiatrists of Trinidad and Tobago

Previously honoured by the:
T&T Business & Professional Women Association- for work in South Trinidad
Trinidad & Tobago Medical Association- Scroll of Honour for work in mental healthcare.

Working with :

  • Children
  • Displaced persons
  • Past Medical Chief of Staff at the St. Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital in Trinidad
  • Desectorization of Mental Health care in T&T- establishing community and satellite clinics
  • Mentoring young doctors
  • Reaching out to and educating the public, linking with dramatists and artists to use the method of ‘role play’ to highlight behaviour, reaction and to solve problems.
  • Research in ADHD ongoing

Relocated from Trinidad to Tobago after ‘retirement’:

  • Medical Chief of Staff of the Tobago Regional Hospital, Director Mental Health Department
  • Memory Clinic established; restructuring of the management of mental health in Tobago
  • Continues to be a member of the National Mental Health Committee of Trinidad & Tobago
  • Member Institutional Review Board in Tobago,
  • Member various associations, locally, regionally and internationally, including the Canadian Association of Psychiatry.
  • Remains active in advocacy for mental healthcare that is equitable and meaningful.
  • Respected and admired by her peers and the public.

Dr. Varma Deyalsingh MBBS (UWI)

Dr. Varma Deyalsingh  MBBS (UWI) University of the West Indies (UWI)- Mona Campus medical alumnus, class of 1988; Trinidadian born
Secretary of the Association of Psychiatrists of Trinidad & Tobago
President of the Medical Board of Trinidad & Tobago (2017-2020); previously Treasurer (2014-2017)
Board Member of the Trinidad & Tobago Medical Association
Honoured by the Government of Trinidad & Tobago for his services to medicine and mental health in September 2018 with the HBM Gold.
Vocal & Passionate advocate for better management of mental health

Special interests:

  • Depression
  • Suicide and para-suicide
  • Mental health in the workplace, especially as it affects job loss and job security
  • Gender differences in mental health
  • Advocacy for better training of family practitioners in the management of mental health and quest for emotional and mental wellbeing
  • Advocate for and worker in the decentralization of mental health care -reducing stigma and in improving healthcare for all.

Sought after speaker both professionally and in community health promotion events, face to face, on radio and television
Enables better understanding of mental health issues in the public arena
Sensitizes medical doctors about the role they can play in changing the way in which mental healthcare is addressed.

Continues to be heavily involved with his patients as a family doctor and as a psychiatrist and counsellor
Exemplar In his lifestyle as a husband, father, medical doctor and community leader

Some References:

Dr Varma Deyalsingh: Depression is common, look for the signs
Dr Deyalsingh: Establish separate police unit to treat with mentally ill
Dr Deyalsingh: Need for specialized emergency team to address mental health issues
Doctor explains post-partum depression

He says:
I have seen emotional stress affecting so many people , we have to continue the struggle to destigmatize mental illness and find a way to reach out to those who need help” .

Dr Chris Manning

Dr Chris Manning
Dr Manning is the Godfather Mental Health Advocacy in the UK. He worked as a GP In Twickenham, London for 17 years and following a sabbatical year during which he founded the National Depression Care Training Centre in Northampton and Primary Care in Mental Health Group (which became the charity Primhe - Primary care mental health and education), retired from the NHS in 1999 on medical grounds (major depression on and off since 1986).

Whilst at the charity, together with the Doctors Support Network, He set up the Doctors Support Line and established a Masters for GPs with a Special Interest in Mental Health. During this time he was also Trustee and Chair of the charity Depression Alliance for 7 years and served on the National Mental Health Task Force and contributed to a number of Department of Health initiatives, including NIMHE (the National Institute for Mental Health in England), “From Here to Equality”, “MindOUT for Mental Health” and SHIFT.

He was an active member of the RCGP Mental Health Taskforce for 8 years, raised funding to enable the work of that group to continue and helped to set up the joint RCGP-RCPsych Primary Care Mental Health Forum. He left Primhe in 2009 to become Director of Upstream Healthcare Ltd, now UPstream Healthcare.

He is the Chair of the Faculty for Mental Health at the College of Medicine, Convenor of Action for NHS Wellbeing, Trustee of Richmond Health Voices- Healthwatch, an Early Years Champion for WAVETrust and serves on the editorial boards of The London Journal of Primary Care and the Journal of Compassionate Healthcare.

He is passionate about the importance of the personal health and wellbeing of those who deliver heath and social care as well as creating the contexts in which they can thrive at work. He is equally passionate about the need to Dump Descartes and the dualistic thinking, attitudes and behaviours that derive from time-expired mental-physical, mind-body and mind-brain paradigms. It is also high-time for a New Enlightenment in which Art and Science are reunified. There is a Science of Compassion and an Art to Medicine, as well as vice versa.

Arushi Sethi

Arushi Sethi
Arushi Sethi survived the 2015 Nepal earthquake and returned home to Mumbai in a post-traumatic state.

Her mother, a psychologist, restored her by approaching her mind like a caring physician treating a patient's body.

"If therapy induced my own recovery," Arushi realized, "then counseling should become less stigmatized, better understood, and more available for everyone in my country." Thus at age 21 she created Trijog, a vibrant, holistic mental health enterprise which has salved the minds of 11,000 Mumbai citizens to date. But 11,000 people are a miniscule portion of Mumbai's 7 million who suffer mental disorders, 97% of whom don't seek treatment.

To cast a wider net, Arushi allies with artists, activists, schools, corporates, and Internet gurus to engage those whose fear of being called mentally ill hinders them from pursuing better mental health. Annually she sponsors joyful nationwide mental health campaigns, and with Bloomsbury Publishing and American writer-photographer Peter Maeck she has created The Mind of Mumbai, a book of interviews, poetry, and pictures proclaiming that the path to beauty and the path to mental health are the same path, and the journey toward relief of behavioral challenges begins not with a cold clinical diagnosis, but with a smile.

Arushi Sethi is a champion not despite her youth but because of it. In a country critically lacking counselors her initiatives are inspiring other young people to enter the field. Her successes show India yearning to shed a stigma now blocking the way toward a more peaceful, happier life.

Prof. Eliot Sorel

Eliot Sorel
It gives me great pleasure to recommend Prof. Eliot Sorel for the Mental Health Champions Award.

I have known Prof. Sorel for many years. We have worked together on several committees with the APA, lectured on panels together at the WPA, and mentored young aspiring early career psychiatrists interested in themes such as Universal Healthcare and Access to Care for underserved communities.

These issues have been lifelong passions for Prof. Sorel. His work at both the national and international level have been seminal in expanding the knowledge base, understanding, and stakeholder positioning in this area.

He has made innovative mental health and psychiatry contributions to research, education, services, health policy, and ethics. Below are highlights of such contributions:

  • 2018: First International Perinatal TOTAL Health Congress, President OECD Mental Health Benchmarks Work Group Brain & Belonging: Integrating 21st Century Scientific Innovations with Global Social Challenges, International Mental Health Congress Moscow APA Access to Care Committee Chair
  • 2017: Healthcare, inclusive of mental healthcare, is a human right, APA policy Lead author
  • 2016: TOTAL Health, World Bank & WHO Innovators Forum exhibit Integrated Care, APA Position statement, lead author
  • 2015: WPA Bucharest Statement on Collaborative & Integrated Care, coauthor
  • 2014: Depression & Comorbidity in Primary Care in China, India, Iran, Romania Research project (International Medical Journal April 2016, pp118-131) Global Mental Health & Psychiatry Newsletter, Editor in Chief
  • 2013: 21st Century Global Mental Health (Jones & Bartlett Learning) textbook Founder, APA Global Mental Health Caucus OECD Making Mental Health Count Subject Matter Expert contributor
  • 2012: APA Integrated Care: European & American Perspectives, symposium chair
  • 2011: UN’s Unfortunate Exclusion, Psychiatric News Op-Ed with Dr. David Satcher 2010: APA Conflicts of Interest: Principles & Guidelines, Work Group Chair
  • 2008: WPS Career, Leadership, Mentorship (CLM) program, Chair, Founder Enhancing Primary Care & Psychiatric Medicine Collaboration/Integration APA Action Paper lead author I strongly recommend Dr. Eliot SOREL for the Mental Health Champions Award without any reservations

Dr Sheila Ndyanabangi

Dr Sheila Ndyanabangig
For more than 20 years, she was at the fore front of mental health advocacy nationally and internationally.

She helped the fight against mental illness stigma, led on the integration of mental health within general/primary health care and actually provided care to those with mental health problems as a medical practitioner .

Her passion, drive and dedication for recognition of mental health and improved services left a lasting mark for those with and for whom she worked,and those who have benefited from her efforts..and that is why Dr Sheila Ndyanabangi will always be a mental health champion MHSRIP.

Dr Sheila Ndyanabangi was a Public Health Specialist who joined the Ministry of Health of Uganda in 1998 as Medical Officer Special Grade. In 2000, she became the National Mental Health Coordinator. She was an untiring advocate for mental health services, working tirelessly to strengthen mental health services. Her office was always open to anyone, whether an academician, a consumer of services or a service provider.

Due to her untiring efforts, Uganda's mental health services made tremendous strides forward. Uganda is a model for how mental health services can be strengthened through a programming approach, through integration into primary health care.

Prof. Natalia Petrova

Professor Natalia Petrova is one of the most famous and well-deserved psychiatrists in Russia, working both in the field of healthcare and in the educational and scientific directions.

Natalia Petrova weekly conducts clinical analysis and inter-cathedral clinical examinations of patients who are especially difficult in the diagnostic and treatment plan in several medical institutions in St. Petersburg. In 1999, prof.

Petrova took an active part in the creation of the Department of Psychiatry and Addictions of the Faculty of Medicine in St. Petersburg University, one of the leading educational institutions of the country, and from the very first days of the department is its head. She is the Laureate of the Russian Federation Government prize in education and the Honorary worker of higher professional education of the Russian Federation.

She has the Award of St. Petersburg State University "For pedagogical skills". Prof. Petrova published more than 30 textbooks, teaching aids for students, educational guidelines for doctors with the purpose of methodical maintenance of educational process. More than 15 PhD-theses defenses have been successfully passed under the guidance of prof. Petrova.

She was the first in Russia to deal with the scientific concept of quality of life. Prof. Petrova is the author of more than 450 publications in professional journals, refereed Russian journals and international journals. The relevance of scientific research of Natalia Petrova is evidenced by the high level of citation (Hirsch index 14).

She is a member of the Russian Society of Psychiatrists, The Chairman of the Bekhterev Psychiatric Society of St. Petersburg. Since 2015, Natalia Petrova is a Head of the Russian Society of Psychiatrists Committee for Young Scientists and Specialists.

Dr. Aishath Ali Naaz

Dr. Aishath Ali Naaz
Dr. Aishath Ali Naaz, the first Clinical Psychologist of Maldives is a champion of mental health in Maldives since 1999.

In recognition of her work in 2012 she received the National Award of Encouragement, the second highest National award conferred for national service by the President of Maldives for developing psychology and the field of mental health in the Maldives.

In 1999, the practice of mental health in Maldives was limited to one psychiatrist. In the year 2000 Dr. Naaz started a private mental health practice. Until then treatment of mental disorders was largely limited to traditional healing practices and difficult patients were institutionalized in a separate island, Guraidhu.

In 2000 those with visual, hearing and other physical impairments, intellectual disabilities, Autism spectrum disorder, Down’s syndrome were taught the same curriculum in one class. She provided free psychological profiling and supported in setting up the Special Education Needs classes within the school.

In 2004 she was also instrumental in advocating for the immediate set up of a psychological help centre the day after the Boxing Day tsunami. In order to create awareness on mental health issues Dr. Naaz wrote fictional stories on mental health themes such as psychosis, depression, substance abuse disorder etc.

She also wrote weekly columns for local newspapers and magazines on topics such as intellectual disabilities, autism, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders. She was the lead researcher for 4 national level research projects, which include the publications ‘Mental health situation in the Maldives. Malé’, Ministry of Health; 2003; Rapid Situational Assessment of the Drug Scenario in the Maldives- UNDCP/FASHAN 2002-2003; ‘Prison Assessment and proposed Rehabilitation and Reintegration of offenders’, UNDP Maldives, 2011 and Rapid Situation Assessment of Gangs in Male’ Asia Foundation Publication, Male’(2012).

She was also the national consultant to WHO for the National Mental Health Strategic Plan, (2015). She also authored informative books in the local language on, preventing substance abuse, managing depression and on autism spectrum disorder. She has travelled to 17 of the 19 atolls of Maldives and reached over 75000 Maldivians in face to face free workshops, training programs and mental health camps.

Dr. naaz initiated training programs in psychology by designing and conducting government approved courses in the field of psychology. She advocated to the Maldives National University to develop an undergraduate psychology course and on a voluntary basis developed the first graduate level psychology course curriculum. She has appeared on several tv and radio programs at the national level and created awareness on mental health issues through her talk show, called Dr. Naazge Nazarun (2016); haasdhuniye (26 episodes, 2018) Attached seperately is Dr. Naaz’s CV, FB:

Prof. Marion Leboyer

Prof. Marion Leboyer
Professor Marion Leboyer is a psychiatrist, researcher, university professor and mental health promoter and defender in the French and European medical and scientific community.

In the last decades she developed outstanding and innovative research, challenging beliefs and introducing novel concepts to diathesis-stress model in psychiatry and personalized medicine in mental health.

She founded the Fondation FondaMental, a French national network supporting patients and their families, developing medical care of excellence and promoting outstanding cooperative research. Professor Marion Leboyer fights actively for the right to access to mental health care and to scientific innovation in Psychiatry like in the rest of Medicine.

Marilyn Hooblaul

Marilyn Hooblaul
She started a wheelchair repair project at Ekuhlengeni Psychiatric Hospital in 2013 and has been sustained ever since.

Repairs are done by MHCUs as part of psychosocial rehab. Now partner with DPSA to employ our MHCUs which will assist to reintegrate them back into the community. First time DPSA will be employing people with mental illness. Empowering them with skills that have been taught by the physiotherapist.

Also motivating them through the programme. We want to show the world, it doesnt matter if you have a mental illness, you can do anything. It is the first wheelchair repair project started at a chronic psychiatric hospital. She has been hosting annual mental health awareness walks for the last 3 years.

Using pamphlets and posters to create awareness in surrounding community. Funds are raised every year for the insurance fees and refreshments and treats for the MHCUs Staff and MHCUs are involved in this event. The walk is held in October every year commemorating World Mental Health Day.

Nerena Ramith

Nerena Ramith
Ms. Nerena Ramith launched a programme in July 2017 called the “Skilled Hands - Healthy Minds: Desk Repair Project”.

Using the woodwork skills the Mental Health Care Users, with chronic mental illness, were taught during occupational therapy rehabilitation programmes, school desks are repaired.

  • Old desk frames are sanded, painted with special metal paint and desk-tops are constructed from discarded palette wood or sponsored desk tops to build a “new” desk.
  • Sustainability is achieved through corporates’ community service initiatives - this project sees them enabling two vulnerable populations: the mentally ill and the youth.
  • The project is income-generating in nature for the MHCUs: schools that can afford to pay for refurbished desks pay a negligible fee of R100.00 as compared to R1000.00. The money saved may be used for uniforms and stationery for children from underprivileged backgrounds.
  • Mental illness awareness is achieved through Mental illness talks. The youth, the future of any country, grows-up knowing and understanding that mental illness is treatable and if recognized early, diagnosis and treatment time-frames decrease which leads to better prognosis, also facilitating destigmatisation.
  • This project can be replicated to achieve physical therapy aims, at old age homes, schools for children with special needs as well as prisons. The more facilities that offer the services the wider the reach the better the outcomes.
  • Schools are expected to pay it forward by donating desk frames to the project. These frames are refurbished and donated to deep rural schools that lack these resources

Dr David M. Ndetei

Dr David M. Ndetei
Dr. David Ndetei is an outstanding leader and changemaker in the field of global mental health, and it is an honor to nominate him for this award.

Dr. Ndetei founded one of the most prominent and influential mental health research organization’s in Africa: the Africa Mental Health Foundation (AMHF), and currently serves as its Executive Director. Under the direction of Dr. Ndetei, AMHF has spearheaded countless research, training and clinical programs across Kenya which have had local, national and global impacts.

AMHF’s programs have helped implement innovative models of care (e.g., through task-sharing, integration of mental health into general health settings, utilizing technology to enhance coverage of care, and countless others) that has brought care and resources to thousands of individuals struggling with mental health conditions. He has helped diminish the stigma around discussing mental illness through community-level education and information campaigns, training multiple important stakeholders in detecting and addressing mental illness (including engaging with traditional and faith healers and training community health workers) and through a multisectoral approach to enhancing mental health care in Kenya.

He has been persistent in engaging various relevant sectors including the health, education and political sectors in addressing mental illness and brining people the care they need. He has received countless awards including, most recently, the Outstanding International Psychologist award. Dr. David’s research has been rigorous and large-scale and has served to advance the field’s knowledge and understanding on developing and implementing diverse mental health programs in the field in low-resourced communities.

Moreover, he has been an excellent collaborator who is invested in building and strengthening global research collaborations and is highly dedicated to developing the cadre of future mental health professionals through his mentorship and by providing opportunities for internships and field-work to students in Kenya, Africa, and internationally. It is for the above reasons, and countless more, that Dr. Ndetei is worthy recipient of this award.

Dr Victoria Mutiso

Dr Victoria Mutiso
Dr. Mutiso is trained as a clinical psychologist and serves in a senior leadership position directing several large-scale research, training and clinical capacity-building initiatives led by the Africa Mental Health Foundation (AMHF) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Dr. Mutiso has directed multiple large-scale projects in East Africa to help build and strengthen community-based care for those suffering from mental illness using task-sharing and integration of mental health into primary care. Her work has drawn local, national and international attention to the need for additional resources and funding for mental health in Kenya and the larger East Afrinan region -- with a focus on providing care for the most vulnerable in under-resourced rural communities.

She has been outstanding in her ability to engage local and national government officials, thereby securing political will, support and funding for important training, public health and clinical programs which will undoubtedly improve the lives of thousands of those suffering from mental illness in the communities in which she works.

She has received many accolades and grants from various organization including Grand Challenges Canada and the International Research Development Research Center. She has been an excellent collaborator and her dedication to the field is humbling. She would be a very worthy recipient of the Champion award.

Prof. Dinesh Bhugra CBE

Dinesh Bhugra CBE
A widely published psychiatrist, Prof. Dinesh has been interested in cultural factors in aetiology and management of psychiatric disorders, holding visiting positions in universities internationally and leading on a 22- country survey of medical students interest in psychiatry.

As President of the World Psychiatric Association, Prof. Dinesh's Action Plan focussed on social discrimination against people with mental illness. His Presidential Task Forces focussed on developing undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing education curricula, policy documents on child mental health, underserved populations including migrants, prisoners, LGBT, older adults, those with intellectual disabilities, women’s mental health, domestic inter-personal violence and mental health promotion.

He led a 193 country survey of social discrimination against people with mental illness which all had signed up to UN Charter of Rights of Persons with Disability. He developed a Bill of Rights for people with mental illness signed by 60 international organisations and launched in the House of Lords in 2016 and led a survey of British commonwealth countries showing that less than half have a mental health policy.

He led on developing 21 Position Statements, set up WPA Collaborating centres in 6 countries, appointed 6 Goodwill ambassadors and set up Diploma along with six joint statements on integrated care and care of migrants. As British Medical Association President he leads a campaign for social justice for people with mental illness launched on World Mental Health Day 2018 and an international survey on medical student and doctor mental health.

Prof. Vikram Patel

Vikram Patel
  • Co-Founded Sangath NGO in India, winning the MacArthur Foundation’s International Prize (2008), WHO Public Health Champions Prize (2015) and the leading global incubation centre for innovations in delivering psychosocial interventions using community resources
  • Founded the Mental Health Innovation Network ( at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the largest online resource for practice advocacy in global mental health.
  • Co-Founded the Movement for Global Mental Health (, the largest civil society coalition in the field led by a person with the lived experience of serious mental illness which launched the Global Mental Health Peer Network this year
  • Co-Founded the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Centre for Global Mental Health, the leading academic centre for research and teaching in implementation science to improve mental health care
  • Served on high-level policy committees including preparation of WHO’s mhGAP guidelines, drafting India’s first National Mental Health Policy (2016).
  • Currently WHO’s Independent High-Level Commission on non-communicable diseases where I emphasize the need for parity of mental with physical health
  • Led a series of high-impact syntheses of knowledge greatly enhancing global attention and action on unmet needs for care, including the Lancet Series on Global Mental Health (2007 and 2011), Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health (2011), Disease Control Priorities for Mental, Neurological and Substance Use Disorders (2016) and the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development (2018)
  • Founded GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard, a new initiative which aims to catalyse actions to follow the recommendations of the Lancet Commission through a range of activities.

Non-governmental organisations and charities

Wellbeing Enterprises

Wellbeing Enterprises
Wellbeing Enterprises CIC is a social enterprise recognised for its innovative community-centred approaches in health and wellbeing in the UK. Over the last decade they have supported more than 25,000 people to make demonstrable improvements in health and wellbeing levels. The mission is to help people achieve healthier, happier, longer lives. They achieve this by working with individuals and communities, educating and supporting them, and working with our partners to tackle the underlying causes of poor health. They were also one of the first health and wellbeing Community Interest Companies or ‘CIC’s’ to set up in the UK in 2006. They believe it is important to measure our social impact as it demonstrates the value within communities in which they operate in. website:

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Rock to Recovery

Rock to Recovery
When Wes Geer, former lead guitarist for the international rock band Korn was in rehab, there was no music. Yet music has been shown to improve treatment outcomes for those who suffer from addiction and mental illness. After he stopped touring, Wes asked how he might be of service to those around him. He founded Rock to Recovery with the idea to bring a form of highly effective music therapy to addicts to help them recover like he did. Rock to Recovery places professional musicians who are in recovery from addiction in addiction and mental health treatment centers as an ancillary service. Weekly, musicians spend an hour with clients, most of whom are NON-musicians, forming a band. Together, they write and record a song, then upload it to the internet. The results have been phenomenal, with Rock to Recovery quickly becoming one of the most sought-after activities where it is offered. Rock to Recovery improves treatment outcomes by boosting the release of “feel good” chemicals in the brain, giving participants a natural high. It also encourages group participation and helps participants develop a sense of community and feeling of accomplishment. Rock to Recovery has expanded to serve more than 100 addiction and mental health treatment centers in California and Tennessee and delivers more than 450 sessions each month. The group also has a contract with the Department of Defense to serve veterans through the Air Force Wounded Warrior program. Sessions are delivered outside the United States by request.

Association Francophone Pour Les Malades Mentaux

Association Francophone Pour Les Malades Mentaux

In the Lebanese context of care for patients suffering from mental disorders, a large number of people do not have access to healthcare because of the financial difficulties and the lack of private insurance coverage for such diseases. The “Association francophone pour les malades mentaux” or AFMM born in July 2015, has financially supported the hospitalization since May 1, 2017 of more than 83 patients partially or totally. Similarly, free consultations are provided weekly. Moreover, with six 30-second films each, published last year on our Facebook page as well as on our sponsor's page and six comics this year of 12 pages each intended for schoolchildren and students, the AFMM fights against stigma regarding mental illnesses, sending messages to reduce the taboo surrounding such diseases and to recognize these diseases and to have the courage to seek help. The financing of these films and comics was done through a mobile phone company in Lebanon. In addition, the daughter of the President of the Republic participated in a television spot for the AFMM, to encourage the patients to go see a specialist and give them a hope of healing. Finally, the AFMM takes care of the families by trying to group them together and organize outings and dinners for people suffering from mental disorders and not having the financial capacity to have a time of entertainment.

Silver Ribbon

Silver Ribbon

Since its inception in 2006, Silver Ribbon (Singapore) has been working closely with policymakers, government agencies, religious groups, grassroots organisations, voluntary welfare organisations, school institutions, local & overseas mental health organisations, consumers & caregivers, etc, to combat mental health stigma and encourage early help. In addition, despite of limited support, Silver Ribbon (Singapore) continues to

1) provide complimentary counselling service at 3 centres to persons with mental health issues & their caregivers,

2) offer internship programme to students so that they can understand the mental health landscape better,

3) organise community events and talks regularly, and commemorating World Mental Health Day annually.

Lastly, we also hosted the 1st Global Summit for Mental Health Advocates on 4 & 5 Oct 2018 and invited President of Republic of Singapore to join us to UNITE FOR MENTAL HEALTH.

South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)

South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)
Mental illness, and the stigma surrounding it, is a critical issue in South Africa. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) is at the forefront of patient advocacy, education and de-stigmatisation of mental illness in the country. SADAG was established over 17 years ago to serve as a support network for the thousands of South Africans who live with mental health problems. Currently, it manages a 15-line counselling-and-referral call centre, and is the voice of patient advocacy, working in urban, peri-urban, and the most rural communities across South Africa. SADAG receives over 400 calls and approximately 100 e-mails per day from patients seeking help. It runs a network of over 260 support groups throughout South Africa (including outreach groups in remote rural areas), where the community members lack access to resources and have no funds for treatment. SADAG is recognised for its work in rural communities in the identification of depression in HIV and AIDS patients, and the training of home-based care workers on how to recognise the symptoms. Further SADAG distributes educational materials to support groups and patients, including free multilingual brochures on mental health issues and is recognised for its speaking books. SADAG offers workshops and training programmes countrywide. SADAG has worked in schools in all the nine provinces in SA. SADAG’s programme ‘Suicide Shouldn’t be a Secret’ is aimed at reducing South Africa’s high rate of teenage suicide. SADAG also does extensive employee assistance programmes (EAPs), corporate training, and employee wellness days around the country. SADAG has a comprehensive and informative website that has over 600 000 hits per month. It also runs powerful media campaigns designed to de-stigmatise mental illness and promote mental health. Most recently SADAG opposed the movement to move patients from the Life Esidimeni facility and then spearheaded the movement post the move to ensure that SA will never act irresponsibly again. Visit

African Mental Health Research & Training Foundation

African Mental Health Research & Training Foundation The African Mental Health Research & Training Foundation (AMHRTF) is a non-governmental organisation established by world-renowned psychiatrist Professor David Ndetei in 2004. Since its inception, the members of the Foundation have tirelessly campaigned for equality of provision of mental health services regardless of the ability to pay, culture, gender or location. The Foundation’s ethos, which underpins all their work, is that there is no health without mental health. It is dedicated to conducting the training and research needed in order to provide excellent mental health services for African populations. The Foundation brings together mental health professionals including researchers, health care practitioners and policy makers under one roof so that patients can benefit from evidence-based holistic care for their mental health problems. The Foundation (supported by a Global Challenges Networking grant) also works alongside several other African countries to develop the knowledge and skills of early career researchers and practitioners in order to further improve mental health care. The Foundation’s influence goes beyond Africa, with a range of collaborative activities taking place across the globe. For example, they bring their significant expertise to bear on the International Prevalence and Treatment of Diabetes and Depression (INTERPRET-DD) Study which aims to identify optimal pathways for mental health care for people with co-morbid diabetes in different settings. It can be said conclusively that through both their training initiatives as well as their ground-breaking research (for example developing an accessible intervention for treating depression), the AMHRTF makes an outstanding contribution to mental health services.

Curhatin Online

Curhatin Online is a website created for supporting mental health for teens. We provide them with some features which may help them relieve their burden and also educate them about the importance of mental health. One of the most important feature is curhatin online. Curhatin online is an online chat that allows the users to connect and chat to each other anonymously. In that way, they can share their problem and experience freely without worrying that their secret will be spread by others. Because many teenager get lots of benefit from this feature, we decided to make some improvement. Now, you can find Curhatin Online on Playstore as a free chatting application. Another feature included in the website is Tanya Konselor. In this feature, the user can share their problem and story, and later get feedback from profesional psychiatrists. The user can also choose whether their problem will be posted privately or publicly. The feature is totally free and can be acessed easily. For more information here is our link As a non-goverment organization, we realize the need to promote our website. Regarding this, we also create an instagram account and open a whatsapp chat for free. You can visit our account @peduliremaja_id. We wish that our website can reach more teenager, so they can realize the importance of mental health.

World Federation of Mental Health

World Federation of Mental Health
The World Federation for Mental Health an international multidisciplinary, grassroots advocacy and education organization concerned with all aspects of mental health includes the voices of mental health professionals, family members and people with lived experiences.

Founded in 1948 to advance, among all people and nations, the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, the proper treatment and care of those with such disorders, and the promotion of mental wellness, WFMH has been an NGO in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1963, in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and in formal association with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). We have connections, partnerships and members in over 80 countries globally.
WFMH envisions a world in which mental health is a priority for all people; public policies and programs reflect the crucial importance of mental health in the lives of all individuals, families, communities and in the political and economic stability of the world.

WFMH’s goals are to heighten public awareness about the importance of mental health, to promote mental health awareness, to prevent mental, neurological and psychological disorders and improve the care and treatment of those with disorders.

WFMH's signature program World Mental Health Day has brought mental health awareness to hundreds of thousands around the world for 26 years; advocating at the United Nations, WHO headquarters and other government agencies; promoting mental health through social media campaigns, educational material and membership, outreach and networking with mental health focused groups worldwide.

The 2018 Mental Health Champion Awards will be co-ordinated by ModelPeople Inc. ( in collaboration with The World Dignity Project (

Award winners will be invited to present their work during the next 2019 Congress, their names will be included in the virtual wall that will be launched on the new World Dignity Project website and will receive a plaque and certificate.

Terms & Conditions

  • All entries must be submitted using the online Nominations form
  • Deadline for entries 12:00 midnight on 7th December 2018, Central European Time
  • Only ONE entry per EMAIL ADDRESS is allowed
  • Please ensure that you read the criteria for the categories that you are entering people for, and check that your entry complies with them
  • After counting all the nominations submitted, the judges’ decision is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into or feedback given regarding the selection of shortlisted nominations or winners

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