The title of this post is a tribute to where Global Village Mental Health began; at the World Health Innovation Summit in Carlisle in March 2016 as #TogetherWeInspire is the WHIS very apt twitter tagline.
Deirdre Munro, Founder of the Global Village Network beginning with Global Village Midwives in 2014 is part of the WHIS team and presented the amazing collaborations that its had across the world to the summit. Encouraging us part way through to share ‘OxyHugs’ she ensured all present truly ‘met’ each other in that community. With an audience of patients, health professionals, peer support workers, activists, community leaders, artists, parents, carers ….. the inclusive list goes on…. we heard and felt all the positivity and kindness shared in the Global Village movement.
Before she ended she called us to action – “you can do this, just do it, you can set up a community for your area of health and a global village, just go do it!”
So I did.
And by the end of that day we had a twitter page, facebook page, website domain and email, logos, header image and launched at the next day of the summit (to encouragement and applause)!
We also have the amazing honour Mental Health Activist, Josh Quigley, the Tartan Explorer join us as our Patron. He also attended the summit and inspired many with his personal story of recovery after an attempted suicide and bid to cycle and complete challenges around the world raising awareness as he goes. Find out more here: http://tartanexplorer.com/
Picture: Deirdre Munro and Josh Quigley.
Soni Cox 17/04/16