Meeting at the Royal College of Psychiatry on July 15 2014

During the course of my meeting with Dr Peter Hughes, Consultant Psychiatrist at the Royal College of Psychiatrists (, I was again struck by the increasing focus of many professional organizations to ensure that mental health appears on the ‘map’ of mainstream development agencies. At the moment, although mental illness accounts for a significant % (depending which source is consulted) of the global health burden, it has yet to gain recognition at, for example, the MDG level. This is strikingly strange to many given that almost all other MDGs are reliant on strong mental wellbeing. The Royal College is one of the world’s leading organizations focusing attention on task shifting to ensure that mental health treatment and care services are available at community base primary health care centres (not just through expertise sourced in mainly urban hospital settings) thus playing a key role in the mhGAP initiative in this regard. This involves a significant amount of task shifting and training and clearly opens up opportunities for a number of agencies to collaborate with Gede in areas such as base lining a range of mental health conditions coupled with partnerships to ensure that ‘results’ are addressed with appropriate treatment and care regimes–