Vikram Patel: Mental Health for All by Involving All


If you should speak to anyone affected by a mental illness, the chances are that you will hear stories of hidden suffering, shame, and discrimination in nearly every sector of their lives.”
Vikram Patel

Patel, shocked by poor mental health care across the world and faced with the challenge of providing this care for the developing world, has been deeply involved in training ordinary citizens to deal with these health problems. This experiment has had astounding results, as he describes.

As a keen supporter of improvements to mental health care – I feel that this area of ill health is sorely neglected – I found this very enlightening. I hadn’t really thought into this side of health care in relation to the developing world, always more concerned on what was being done regarding physical health, and so this really opened my eyes. Clearly, its a pretty amazing idea, not only because it expands mental health care, but because it allows others to learn a new skill, to become trained in an area they would not have had a chance to be otherwise. In the developing world, where education and other opportunities to lead a better life are so limited, this scheme is obviously greatly needed by all, rather than just those suffering from mental illness. Basically, everyone benefits.

Definitely something to watch.



Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

My friend posted this on her blog – fascinating and funny talk about the factors preventing more women from securing the top jobs within society, from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandburg.  Really worth a watch.


‘Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee has two powerful stories to tell — of her own life’s transformation, and of the untapped potential of girls around the world. Can we transform the world by unlocking the greatness of girls?

Leymah Gbowee is a peace activist in Liberia. She led a women’s movement that was pivotal in ending the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003, and now speaks on behalf of women and girls around the world.’

Please watch.  Really worth it.  A reminder of how badly some women are still treated, and something that everyone needs to be aware of.  This women’s story and her words are inspiring.