Call for Abstracts: IMHCN 2018


International Mental Health Conference Nepal 2018 (IMHCN2018) invites mental health and allied professionals, practitioners, researchers, academicians, NGOs, INGOs, service users, and students to contribute scientific papers, posters, or symposia related to the Conference Theme “Coming together for mental health” in the following areas:

  1. Promotion of mental health
  2. Prevention of mental illness
  3. Treatment & Rehabilitation of people with mental illness

15 December is the deadline for the submission of abstracts. Just a week left!

Guideline is available at: http://mentalhealthconferencenepal.com/call-for-abstracts/

Early registration for the conference is highly encouraged as the confirmation will be on first come, first served basis. Details: http://mentalhealthconferencenepal.com/registration/

Best Regards,
Sujen Man Maharjan
Coordinator, Communication and Media Sub-committee
International Mental Health Conference Nepal 2018 (IMHCN2018)

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Call for Abstracts: IMHCN 2017


Call for Abstracts

The Organizing Committee of International Mental Health Conference Nepal 2017 (IMHCN2017) invites mental health and allied professionals, practitioners, researchers, academicians, NGOs, INGOs, service users, and students to contribute scientific papers, posters, or symposia related to the conference theme “Coming together for mental health”in the following areas:

1. Promotion of mental health

2. Prevention of mental illness

3. Treatment & Rehabilitation of people with mental illness

We would like to encourage all to present any research/work done in the field of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in the form of Paper or Poster presentations.

Submissions may be in the form of Open Papers or Scientific Poster Presentation

Open Papers (OP) — Presentation of data reflecting an individual study or idea that is not part of a symposium. The organizing committee will place the OP into related themes. Each theme will last for 60-90 minutes, but individual papers should aim to be no more than 8-10 minutes with a five minute question time at the end.

Poster Presentation (PP) — graphic representations of the results of empirical/conceptual/ organization work put on display by individual/group of delegates and open for questioning or discussion by those interested.

Abstracts in standard format should be e-mailed to abstracts@mentalhealthconferencenepal.com, imhcn2017@gmail.com Last date for submission is August 15, 2017.

All selected abstracts will be published in the Conference Souvenir.

Submission Guidelines & Procedures:

1. Abstracts must be submitted via e-mail to abstracts@mentalhealthconferencenepal.com, imhcn2017@gmail.com by August 15, 2017.

2. Abstracts must be written in ENGLISH only, and should not exceed 250 words (Not including title, authors, key-words and affiliations).

3. Abstracts must be in text format, DO NOT include any graphs, tables or images.

4. You must indicate whether you wish to have your abstract considered for OPEN PAPERS (OP) or POSTER PRESENTATION (PP).

5. Please provide the presenter’s brief biography in no more than 200 words.

6. Abstracts of scientific research must be submitted using the designated field: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion. We only accept abstracts related to the conference theme.

7. Abstract should be typed in Times New Roman font, size 12 with 1.5 line spacing.

8. Accepted abstracts are eligible for presentation after receiving full registration fee from the author/ presenter. If registration fee of the presenter is not received by due date, his/her paper is assumed to have been withdrawn. Once the abstract is submitted, changes, correction or rewording are not allowed. The submission should be carefully proof-read and corrected by the author. Individual authors are responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied, as accepted abstracts will be printed on the Conference Souvenir.

9. All Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. Only those abstracts judged to be of high quality and of relevance will be accepted. Acceptance notification will be sent to the first submitting author and presenter with further instructions. Final presentation style will be subject to the decision of the Scientific Committee.

10. Failure to comply with these requirements will exclude the abstract from consideration.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Call for abstracts open

01 June 2017

Abstract submission deadline

15 August 2017

Acceptance notification

05 September 2017

Registration deadlines for presenters

30 September 2017

Conference dates

16 & 17 November 2017

About-IMHCN2017.pdf

The organizing committee compromises of academic institution and different I/NGOs such as Dept. of Psychiatry- TUTH, UMN, CMC, TPO, Koshish, Americares and ACF.

LiMH Course 2016


Photo feature of Annual 9th Leadership in Mental health course organized by Sangath and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Goa, India.

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The participants, tutors and staff of LiMH course 2016 at Panjim, Goa.
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Sharing about Nepal experience of MHPSS context
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Presenting the group work on Nepal Mental Health Plan at the end of the course.
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Our plan won the popular votes by participants and faculty. 
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Participants from Nepal: Madhur Basnet from BPKIHS, Ganesh Maya Shrestha from Leprosy Mission and myself from ACF.
Thanks to my former employer, ICRC for partially sponsoring my participation in the course.

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5th PIAD Workshop


I recently participated in 5th International Workshop on Psychological Intervention after Disasters (PIAD) which took place from 14-17 November in Manila, Philippines. This workshop is organized annually by International Council for Science (ICSU) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU ROAP) on behalf of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS).This workshop is fifth in a series of similar workshops dealing with psychological research and practice in disaster context and how affected communities deal with the aftermath of such disasters from the psychosocial perspectives.

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Participants and faculty in 5th PIAD workshop

The workshop invites applications from practitioners from Asia and Pacific region for two important facts that over 60% of the world’s population are affected due to 41% of the natural disasters around the world occur in this region and secondly, the majority of countries in this region often lack an advanced infrastructure or support systems to support the affected population, more so with the mental health and psychosocial needs in the post-disaster context. The participants from various countries get a chance to learn from experienced faculty, interact and exchange experiences with other participants and present their own study in a form of poster during the period of four days’ workshop.

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Presenting my poster! Just below.

4x3 SMA PIAD poster 2016

I would like to share the workshop resources which can be accessed here: http://www.icsu.org/asia-pacific/news-centre/news/5th-international-workshop-on-psychological-intervention-after-disasters It includes ppt resources presented by the faculty.

This page covers the whole series of PIAD workshop: http://www.iupsys.net/events/capacity-building-workshops/

And here is the video playlist:

Psychological Intervention After Disasters (PIAD) Alumni has been set up in mhpss.net for the particpants and faculty of the programme to keep in touch with each other and share resources. Participants are requested to join the group:  http://mhpss.net/groups/training/international-workshop-on-psychological-intervention-after-disasters-piad-alumni

I would like to thank Prof. Nordin Hasan and Mr. Mohd Hizammdin Jaafar from ICSU for their support. And it was a big pleasure to meet and learn from Joop de Jong who was in the faculty this year and who is also the founder of TPO.

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Thanks Joop, esp. for the breakfast conversations.

31st International Congress of Psychology (ICP) 2016


The 31st International Congress of Psychology (ICP) 2016 was held in Yokohama, Japan from July 24-29 2016.  This year it was organized around the theme “Diversity in Harmony: Insights from Psychology.”  The ICP is organized by a national host committee under the auspices of the International Union of Psychological Science every four years. The 32nd Congress has been confirmed to be hosted in Prague, Czech Republic in 2020, the dates will be announced soon.

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Princess Akishino Kiko giving a welcome speech during the opening ceremony of ICP.     Photo by: Shirong Zhang (Sharon), Renmin University of China.

The congress was very well-organized and it was a great opportunity to learn about the research and works being done all around the world.

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Professor Kazuo Shigemasu, Chair of Organizing Committee of ICP2016 showing the regional distribution of over 8000 presentations

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Coincidentally, there were just three papers related to Nepal and also three participants from Nepal.

The papers were as follows:

  1. Psychosocial care for cancer patient by Subba, Usha Kiran

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2. Psychosocial Services in Post-Earthquake Nepal by Maharjan, Sujen M

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3.Empirical study of psychological factors and intervention to increase psychological harmony after the earthquake in Nepal by Stueck, Marcus (Germany); Utami, Dian S (Germany); Boehm, Maya (Nepal); Balzer, Hans-ullrich (Germany)

And three Nepali Participants:

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Myself, Usha Subba and Bijay Gyawali (from left).

Some Files: ICP2016_Program_Final & abstractforICP2016_sujenman_nepal

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