Paradigm Shift in Mental Health in the Post-Covid era

Paradigm Shift in Mental Health in the Post-Covid era  A Zoom Round Table Webinar Register in advance for this webinar: or you can view on YouTube via the European Science Open Forum (ESOF2020) The link will be available on the Science in the City Festival YouTube Channel 10.00 am (CET) After registering, you will … Read more

Hywel Davies 1955 – 2020

HYWEL DAVIES Hywel Davies passed away peacefully at Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen, Wales on Sunday 29th March after a short illness. Hywel was a long term supporter of IMHCN and of the hearing voices movement. He will be sorely missed by all those who knew him. You can add your condolences here “I may be right … Read more

Responding to Covid-19: New Zealand

Report by Rob Warriner KIA KAHA, KIA māIA, KIA ORA AOTEAROA: COVID19 PSYCHOSOCIAL AND MENTAL WELLBEING RECOVERY PLAN FOR NEW ZEALAND Update 20th May 2020: First draft of a National Mental Health Plan has been developed by the New Zealand Ministry of Health. See executive summary below: Executive Summary “The COVID19 pandemic has placed significant … Read more

Digital Mental Health and COVID-19: Using Technology Today to Accelerate the Curve on Access and Quality Tomorrow

As interest in and use of telehealth during the COVID-19 global pandemic increase, the potential of digital health to increase access and quality of mental health is becoming clear. Although the world today must “flatten the curve” of spread of the virus, we argue that now is the time to “accelerate and bend the curve” … Read more

COVID-19: how can we support each other (and ourselves)?

If you’re struggling to manage during the Covid-19 lockdown – whether you’re shielding, social distancing or self-isolating – you’re not alone. So many of us – whether we hear voices and see visions or not – are finding things tough. There are lots of different ways the current crisis may impact on living with voices, … Read more

Mental health and wellbeing during the #COVID19 pandemic

From WHO Eastern Mediterranean More tips and resources to help you care for your mental health and wellbeing during #COVID19 and throughout the Holy month of Ramadan. This week is all about sharing and caring but before we get to that, we’d like to hear from you. Did you stay socially connected to your loved … Read more

Visit to Manchester by Brazilian Mental Health Workers

Paul Baker hosted a week long guided tour for eight mental health workers from Brazil to Manchester,. The group visited a wide range of Mental Health Services and Organisations operating in Greater Manchester and Warrington, England, UK. They also participated in lectures and discussions with professors of psychology, peer groups members, people with lived experience … Read more

The Future of Hearing Voices Network Cymru

Development Meeting, Wednesday, 23rd October, 11.00 – 15.00 for lunch and discussion Venue: The Board Room, Prince Phillip Hospital, Llanelli Recently IMHCN supported the establishment Hearing Voices Network Cymru as a not for profit company. The focus of the new organisation will be to provide education and development, putting into practice the hearing voices approach … Read more

Learning From the Trieste Mental Health Experience: Developing Essential Ingredients in Creating A Resilient Mental Health Service

We know there is lot of interest in the experience of Trieste and this was a rare opportunity to hear directly from four of the most important managers and clinicians who led the internationally significant deinstitionalisation processes in Trieste, Italy, through the closure of a large psychiatric hospital and the development of local Community Mental … Read more

Social Vulnerability and Mental Health Inequalities in the “Syndemic”: Call for Action

This article addresses the need for fundamental change by focusing on social determinants and achieving equity in mental health care in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic Published in Frontiers in Psychiatry: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Rehabilitation30 May 2022 Roberto Mezzina1*, Vandana Gopikumar2,3, John Jenkins4, Benedetto Saraceno5 and S. P. Sashidharan6 1World Federation for Mental Health, … Read more

Transforming Mental Health Services Workshop with Paul Baker and John Jenkins now available as video recording

 A recording of the Transforming Mental Health Services Workshop with Paul Baker and John Jenkins is now up for available via the OnlineEvents library. Go here for more information and how to order your copy. Over many years in developing community mental health services to replace the institutional system in the UK and a few other countries, … Read more

Changing the Thinking, Practice in Mental Health Service Systems

Friday 10th June 1400 BST This workshop will be hosted on the Zoom meeting platform where we will use our camera and microphones to interact with each other as a group. This workshop will also be recorded and you can use the ticket function to pre-purchase the recording before the event. This will be useful … Read more

Big issues identified by Covid-19 requiring Fundamental Change in Mental Health

    Big issues identified by Covid-19 requiring Fundamental Change in Mental Health A Local and Global Action Plan in Development Covid – 19 Action Plan Coalition April 2021Download The Action Plan is the result of the work with a coalition of organisations representing people with lived experience; who use services; family members, mental health … Read more

Developing and Strengthening Community Mental Health

Transforming Mental Health Services IMHCN CALLS FOR TRANSFORMATION OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND PRACTICES This transformation requires a fundamental change in thinking about mental health through a comprehensive review of current services and practices. We need to act upon the clear evidence that social determinants (link) play a fundamental part in the lives of people … Read more

International and National Responses to the impact of COVID – 19 on mental health needs and services

We welcome other organisations and individuals to join us. We are collating information about the responses of international organisations and national governments. Here you will find reports written by IMHCN Members; briefing documents and articles: Australian National Emergency Plan The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic is posing significant challenges for Australia Brazil Covid-19 Report Rossana Maria Seabra … Read more


Trieste is recognized by the World Health Organization as the model of global best practice in mental health care. It has inspired dozens of programs throughout the world to create an integrated network of community services focused upon the whole-person needs of its users; maintaining their dignity as citizens; and minimizing the coercive practices of old fashioned institutional … Read more

International Call to Support The Trieste Mental Health Department

Trieste Mental Health Service Model under threat “Mental Health disappearing permanently from the radar” Benedetto Saraceno, (former Director of Mental Health and Substance Misuse, WHO) Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the already dramatic Italian situation consisting in a lack of resources in mental health services, has worsened further throughout all the country. Inaccessible mental … Read more

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