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11 July, 2019

Mental Health Knowledge for Action and Prevention

It has been very often read and heard in the last years - the still very impressing statement - that about 450 million people suffer from mental disorders according to estimates given in one of the WHO’s World Health Report. The question arising is:

How many more lives will add to this number and what can the Mental Health community do in order to prevent an increase while working together in better solutions for those already living with mental illness? And how can society be empowered to not only protect themselves by working on their own mental well-being, but also extending their listening and empathy to those going through mental illness?

How can stigma be eradicated giving room to understanding and acceptance to those in need of Mental care?

Surprisingly, in a world of on-going exchange of information and resources, still many countries are lacking of an efficient access to Mental Health related knowledge, literature, best practice and guideline resources, and furthermore, the prevention strategies aren’t accessible or not even known or included in many policy programs.

On behalf of MEDBOX, today we want to bring up a basic principle that it also applies to the work of achieving Mental Health for all: Knowledge is power and it is through knowledge that both, prevention and action, can flourish in a platform of informed and united communities. What our medical encyclopedia has to offer to the Mental Health community is precisely this; the knowledge needed to empower individuals to prevent, to act and to train others.

Since April 2019 MEDBOX has available a new MENTAL HEALTH TOOLBOX with a huge amount of resources available for mental health professionals, health worker and anyone ready to take heart and join in the arduous but not impossible goal of achieving a better Mental Health Care.

As Didier Demassosso (HIFA country representative for Cameroon) stated in a recent HIFA forum: “Without knowledge on what mental illnesses are what mental health is and how mental health services should be developed to address the continuously growing needs of populations now more interconnected than ever before, would we be ensuring our future with the people needed to manage it?”

Kind regards,

Nazareth Bonilla Pérez

MEDBOX Project Assistent

Sieglinde Mauder

MEDBOX Project Manager

HIFA profile: Sieglinde Mauder is Librarian at the Medical Mission Institute, Würzburg, Germany. She collects and distributes resources on HIV/AIDS, tropical diseases, humanitarian aid, health service management, e-learning for partners in developing countries. sieglinde.mauder AT