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Driving Change Report

Our Driving Change report was launched on 3 March 2014.

It was written to support the World Innovation on Health Summit (WISH), held in Doha December 2013 funded by the Qatar Foundation.

Driving Change is a report based on interviews with mental health Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) around the world written by the McPin Foundation in partnership with Mind. The focus was on mental health organisations that were user- or carer-led in countries across the globe working locally to raise awareness and improve services for people living with mental illness.

“We attended WISH Doha 10th and 11th December 2013, as part of the mental health forum led by Professor Vikram Patel from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Dr Shekhar Saxena from the WHO where a comprehensive report on innovations in global mental health was launched. The McPin Foundation are really proud to be part of this forum and will be seeking to take this work forward to gain increased recognition for the vital role of NGOs in developing innovative mental health care“.
Vanessa Pinfold, Research Director, McPin Foundation.

“Mental health is a global concern whilst it still seems to be an abandoned and neglected topic, despite the detrimental effects on individuals, communities and the socio-economy of countries across all borders. The remedy lies in the unification of every role-player in life, from mental health professionals, researchers, community members to persons affected by mental health disorders – where each and every intervention approach, whether successful or not, is the basis of learning and gaining alternative approaches that can only lead to innovation, success and discovering the ‘remedies’”.
Charlene Sunkel, Central Gauteng Mental Health Society

“As a User-led and User-run NGO we hope that as consumers of mental health services our voices will be heard and our views will be considered in the planning and delivery of mental health services after all, we’re the most affected by the policies and legislation.  We hope to see more inclusion and participation of the various user movements across the world to self-advocate and play their role in the multidisciplinary and intersectoral nature of mental health to create positive synergy with various professionals with greater impact especially at the community level as this is an essential package for health”.
Kanyi Gikonyo, USP-Kenya.