The considerations presented in this document have been developed by the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Use as a series of messages that can be used in communications to support mental and psychosocial well-being in different target groups during the COVID-19 pandemic

19th May 2021 • comment

This project used focus group discussions, individual interviews and community meetings to explore stigma around hereditary neurological diseases in Mali.

3rd March 2021 • comment

The Genomics of Schizophrenia in South African Xhosa People (SAX) study sought to identify genes or mutations underlying predisposition to schizophrenia in the South African Xhosa population. Engagement activities included a Community Advisory Board and a Mental Health Literacy Day.

3rd March 2021 • comment

This study published by Wellcome in 2021 explores the role, benefits and potential of young people’s involvement in health research, with a focus on mental health, infectious diseases and global heating. It provides recommendations on how to meaningfully involve young people in research, and what it means to do that well.

22nd February 2021 • comment

This reports on the The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative's community consultation workshop which aimed to contribute to a better understanding of gender contestations with regards to access to health and participation in biomedical research. They describe how they used body-maps, sharing circles and roadblock/hurdle mapping excercises to explore the topics of the workshop.

16th November 2020 • comment

Report on the first Hamwe Festival in Rwanda - a celebration of the collaboration between the creative industries and the global health field. The festival featured speakers from across the globe who utilise the arts to make an impact in global health, as well as performances by individuals who represent the synergies between the arts and health fields

7th January 2020 • comment

Final report and project reflections from 'It’s OK to Talk', an adolescent and youth-focused programme started in 2016, which aimed to increase awareness about mental health and wellbeing, so that more young people feel able to engage in dialogue on mental health.

25th November 2019 • comment

Arting Health for Impact: India brought together Artists, Scientists and Communities for health

29th August 2019 • comment

Arting Health for Impact: South Africa focused on collaborative storytelling and participatory design to engage three communities closely involved with mental health

29th August 2019 • comment

Arting Health for Impact: Botswana engaged the public on HIV/AIDS, mental health and hypertension using street art

15th August 2019 • comment

An international collaborative public engagement partnership using street art to engage local communities in Botswana, India and South Africa.

15th August 2019 • comment

A film engages Nepalese communities about the health implications of child marriage

14th August 2019 • comment

An overview of a project in Zimbabwe engaging communities on mental health stigma and discrimination. It worked to help combat stigma and open up collaborative pathways between the traditional/faith based and medical models of mental health treatment

15th July 2019 • comment

This theatre project aimed to increase awareness of and engagement with complex public health concerns such as mental, environmental and sexual health. Implemented in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, by the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts

22nd October 2018 • comment

It’s OK to Talk is an adolescent and youth-focused programme started in 2016, which aims to increase awareness about mental health and wellbeing, so that more young people feel able to engage in dialogue on mental health, and seek help. The It's Ok to Talk programme comprised three core activities: It's Ok to Talk website, events and workshops, and a social media campaign.

14th May 2018 • comment