Advocacy involves addressing the needs and challenges of a certain group of people in society (such as persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities) through influencing policies and legislation and ensuring that their basic human rights are protected and respected, and that they have equal access to services and life opportunities through raising awareness on the plight of the group of people.
Bipolar and Me, life story by Happyness Mumsy Mzulwini
"Then there were times when I would just be so happy! I wouldn’t care who does or says what to me. No one and nothing would spoil my mood. Yes, I’ve always loved people, but when I felt that particular way, I wanted to shower people with gifts, bring joy to everyone… go out of my way to ensure that I share what I felt inside! Sometimes that was the most uncomfortable feeling of them all because I’d have a problem sitting still, almost like a hyperactive kid! Maybe I’d have to be serious about something, but all I’d want to do would be to talk!"
Youth recommendations for the United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs
The Third UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) will be hosted in New York in September 2018. Over the past six months, child health advocates, including health care providers, civil society, and youth, have repeatedly urged Member States to ensure the final Political Declaration for the UN HLM on NCDs is responsive to the needs of the population most affected by its policies: children, adolescents, and young people. This requires including youth at the policy-making level and ensuring policy targets are supportive of the unique needs of the next generation.
How to Communicate Suicidal Feelings
By Kathryn Goetzke
Unfortunately, I know this subject all too well. When I was 19 years old I my dad died by suicide, and I have had an almost fatal attempt myself in my early 20s, along with very regular ideation of wanting to end my life. One thing I have learned through the years, is that if you are suicidal, it is incredibly important to reach out for help in a way that is supportive for all involved.
The South African Federation for Mental Health (www.safmh.org) and the Movement for Global Mental Health (www.globalmentalhealth.org), in conjunction with the World Health Organization's Civil Society Working Group on NCDs, is requesting your support to raise awareness about the increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
NCDs are complex, and we require a unified approach, informed by our collective concern that NCDs will adversely impact everyone. We support an inclusive concept about NCDs. No one should be left behind! We support a life course approach, integrated into all aspects of health and beyond and consider all chronic illnesses within the broad category of NCDs. All are at risk for mental, neurological and substance use disorders; all people will benefit from a strong response to these health issues that have become a common experience around the world.
Download the FULL #EnoughNCDs #BeatNCDs campaign document: http://www.globalmentalhealth.org/sites/default/files/uploads/docs/SAFMH%20MGMH%20letter%20on%20NCDs.pdf
STRiDE project at the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health
The STrengthening Responses to dementia In DEveloping countries (STRiDE) project aims to contribute to improving dementia care, treatment and support systems so that people living with dementia are able to live well and family and other carers do not shoulder excessive costs, risk impoverishment or compromise their own health.
SA Federation for Mental Health participated in the STRiDE workshop hosted by the Alan J Flisher Centre in August 2018. Discussions paved the way towards developing a National Dementia Plan for South Africa.