Nothing About Us, Without Us - Voices from the Global South

28th-29th November 2015

The Movement for Global Mental Health (MGMH), in partnership with The Banyan, The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM), The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) are delighted to announce the fourth Global Mental Health Summit to be held at the TISS Campus in Mumbai, India on the 28th and 29th of November 2015.

The Global Mental Health Summit is a biennial conclave of people passionate about mental health from across the world, who come together to share experiences, discuss problems related to access to care, and set programmatic and policy targets that address issues of mental health care delivery in low resource settings.

The focus of this year’s Global Health Summit, themed “Nothing About Us, Without Us”, will be driven mainly by persons living with mental health issues from different social, cultural and educational ecosystems. The aim is to bring to the forefront voices of individuals from marginalized backgrounds, those who are rarely represented in discussions related to the mental health agenda. Some of these individuals would include clients from The Banyan belonging to different rural and urban pockets in India, and people whose lives have been impacted by mental health issues, from across the world, who may or may not be users of mental health services. At a time when institutional and community care, the biopsychosocial model of mental health care, and notions of human rights are undergoing a paradigm shift, it becomes critical for voices of those in the margins experiencing complex realities to be heard, and interventions planned in accordance with their multidimensional needs.

Please find the agenda attached.

Vikram Patel talks on the dark side of mental institutions

The International Diploma in Mental Health Human Rights and Law launched in October 2008, is a result of collaboration between World Health Organization, Geneva and the Indian Law Society (ILS) Pune, India. In light of the coming into force of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2008, there was an urgent need to raise awareness on the Convention and provide guidance on its implications in relation to future national mental health policy, legislation, services and practice. The International Diploma is a response to this perceived need for training in this area. The Indian Law Society is pleased to announce admissions for eleventh batch of the International Diploma in Mental Health, Human Rights and Law for the academic year 2018-19.

11th February 2018

An audio-visual workshop on treatment of Psychoneurotic Disorders using Intensive Short-Term Dynamic therapy (ISTDP) by Dr Thomas Brod MD (Psychiatry).

Intensive Short Term Dynamic Therapy (ISTDP) was developed by Dr Habib Davanloo, who was a professor of Psychiatry (now Emeritus) at Mc Gill University-Montreal. ISTDP is a unique form of psychodynamic psychotherapy that facilitates in the rapid resolution of a broad spectrum of emotional disorders. It has been used extensively for medically unexplained symptoms ,depression,personality disorders and anxiety disorders. This treatment modality is theoretically well suited for the various forms of treatment resistance presumably central to the patients' previous non-response to psychological and psychiatric interventions. 

The speaker and trainer for this workshop Dr Thomas Brod MD (Psychiatry) from UCLA, has trained with Dr Davanloo, and is trained in both classical Psychoanalysis and its brief contemporary form (ISTDP). Dr. Brod will very briefly review the contributions of Dr. Davanloo and more recent innovators and then plunge with the audience into moment-to-moment review  of clinical videotape to illustrate application of key ISTDP principles. 

The therapy is evidence based and relies on both verbal and non verbal signalling by the patient.


Due To the clinical material to be presented on video  the  participation is limited to

·         Psychiatrists

·         Psychoanalysts

·         Clinical Psychologists

·         Post Graduate students of Psychiatry