Over a hundred people attended this 3rd Malawi Mental Health conference. This 2 days annual conference took place in Mzuzu in the Northern part of Malawi, Africa. It was an outstanding opportunity for people working or doing research in mental health in Southern Africa to network, discuss, learn and get inspired by colleagues. There is so much more to do and to change in mental health care in this part of the World. But this conference showed that there is a lot happening and initiated as well, including research.

photo Feltcher Gong'a

photo Feltcher Gong’a

Topics were, for instance, attitudes of students towards psychiatry, the burden and coping styles of caretakers, forensic psychiatry, intellectual disability and mental health, the human rights and legislation in mental health Malawi, the CRPD (the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), user advocacy groups, alcohol use and misuse in Malawi, perinatal depression among mothers and the effect on their children, early detection of psychosis, and last but not least: radio, mobile phones and counseling awareness project for youth and depression.

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