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This month's features:
  • #NGOs4mentalhealth: Take the survey!
  • Integtrating mental health services in post-earthquake Nepal
  • NGOs and the mental health needs of torture victims
  • Webinar series "Ask the Policy Expert"
Call to Action survey: Have your say!
Work for an NGO? Want to work in mental health? Perhaps you already do? We need your views on a Call to Action from the NGO community.
Blog and Storify summary
Catch up on what happened during the #NGOs4mentalhealth events on 22-23 February at UK Parliament and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine through our Blog and Storify summary. The events explored the role of International NGOs in achieving the mental health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Blog series from NGO partners
Missed our #NGOs4mentalhealth blog series? Catch up on blogs from BasicNeeds, International Medical Corps, HelpAge International, and CBM International on why NGOs are crucial to achieving the Global Goals.

Image credit: © International Medical Corps
"NGOs and others working in international development should… understand the needs and capacities of people with mental health problems, encourage the inclusion of people with mental disorders in their general development programmes, set up new mental health-specific programmes, and measure the impact of their programmes on mental health."

- DeSilva MJ, Roland J. 2014. Mental Health for Sustainable Development. London: Joint All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health and Mental Health.
Innovation: Integrating MHPSS services in primary health care facilities in post-earthquake Nepal
In rural Nepal there is only one psychiatrist per 266,000 people, yet this is where 85% of the population lives. It is also where the earthquakes caused the most damage. This innovation aims to integrate mental health and psychosocial care (MHPSS) into primary health care by training general health care staff to provide mental health and psychosocial services in Nepal's rural areas.
Blog: NGOs and the mental health needs of torture survivors
Across the globe, every day, thousands of survivors of torture receive mental health support from members of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims. Read Leanne MacMillan's blog on why NGOs are left with responsibility for supporting the mental health needs of torture survivors and why States who have signed the United Nations Convention against Torture need to support and fund the mental health needs of torture survivors.
Webinar series: Ask the Policy Expert
Lebanon's ongoing mental health care reform process, why and how the strategies were developed and lessons learned were outlined by Dr Rabih El Chammay, Head of the National Mental Health Programme, Lebanon during our first webinar in the series.
Missed it? Email us at and check our webinar page for the recording - coming soon.
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