Shining a Light for Depression: An Invitation to Plant Hope

Penny Tate and Rick Springfield

Many of us recognize the unfortunate stigma that remains in society when it comes to openly discussing our own or our loved ones depression and/or mental health.  Yet, as PaoloContinue Reading

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Hidden Pictures and the World Health Organization: A Journey to Uncover Global Stories of Mental Health

Hidden Pictures Film

Here is a video we are all about right now at iFred. It’s a summary of the film Hidden Pictures by filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston. Ruston’s work highlights both theContinue Reading

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The British Parliament Inquiry for Disability and Development is a lesson for governments around the world

No health without mental health

-Jagannath Lamichhane Recently, the British Government conducted a parliamentary inquiry on disability and development. As part of the inquiry, leading academic institutions, researchers, disabled peoples organizations (DPOs) and civil society organizationsContinue Reading

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In order to address the suffering of those with mental health problems, there needs to be a radical shift in the understanding of mental illness

"Mental Illness is nothing to be ashmed of, but stigma and bias shame us all" Bill Clinton

-Jagannath Lamichanne I have always believed that the challenge of dealing with mental health problems is their invisibility. Anyone who suffers from mental illness repeatedly questions: Does it exist? DoContinue Reading

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Seeds for Hope

Kathryn Goetzke and others

I still remember the first day I met Kathryn Goetze, founder of the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred). It was in Greece on the 2nd ofContinue Reading

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World Health Organization Adopts Mental Health Action Plan

World Health Organization

We recently learned that the 66th World Health Assembly has adopted the World Health Organization’s comprehensive mental health action plan (2013-2020). The action plan is the outcome of extensive globalContinue Reading

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