GEI Rwanda | Global Mental Health Conference

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Are you passionate about global mental health and would like to gain new insight through a unique African perspective? Have you read about the Rwandan genocide and would like to learn more about the country’s history as well as its unique success with reconciliation and nation building?

The 2018 theme of our annual Global Mental Health Conference & Summer School was “Physical Health and Mental Health: Towards an Integrated Approach”. Participants have the opportunity to hear from Rwandan and international scholars, and to exchange their knowledge with a multicultural group of participants from Rwanda and abroad.

Co-hosted by the Center for Mental Health (CMH) at the University of Rwanda and GEI, this week-long program is available to students and professionals in the various mental health disciplines and related subjects. Continuing Professional Development credits are available.

Dates: June 22-29, 2019

  • Share your knowledge and gain new insight through a unique African perspective on mental health in developing countries.
  • Learn about the unique Rwandan success story.
  • Study together with a multicultural group from Rwanda and abroad.
  • Create once-in-a-lifetime memories and build lasting friendships.
  • Stay on to spend the summer in Rwanda by also enrolling in a 4-week or 8-week internship / volunteer placement in a Rwandan mental health organization.

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Review of the Global Mental health Conference in Rwanda: Broadening Views

The Global Mental Health Summer School/ Conference was a fantastic way to consolidate knowledge gained from an MSc in Global Mental Health. It was a way to learn about challenges and successes in mental health care in Rwanda and the wider regions from those in country and be able to compare and contrast with the literature that is available, bridging the gap between our academic knowledge and evidence and our lack of practical or lived experience in the field.

The information was presented in a way that was easy to understand but having a background knowledge in the area allowed a more effective and critical look at the information and reflecting on the similarities and differences with whats presented in literature to the experience on the ground.

The presenters were inspiring and showed a high level of expertise that was invaluable. However, being able to share experiences with other students and mental health professionals also attending the conference from Rwanda and other places around the world meant that you not only learnt about current initiatives but also how they translate on the ground. Additionally, it meant being able to share and compare our different cultures, values and the way our countries promote mental health and prevent mental ill-health, reflecting how we can incorporate newly learnt initiatives back home.

A wonderful week full of reflection, friendships and learning.

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