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Asian Community Mental Health Leadership Forum 2013


The inaugural Asian Community Mental Health Leadership (ACMHL) Forum was held on 24 – 26 September 2013 in Singapore. The forum served as a platform for regional leaders to share experience and enhance collaboration with the aim of promoting resilient communities in Asia.  

Over 100 senior mental health professionals, government officials, policy and decision makers, hospital administrators and community leaders from Asia Pacific region attended the 3-day ACMHL forum and workshops to review issues, challenges and initiatives to support sustainable community mental health development.  The forum theme “Leading Change, Strengthening Resilience” acknowledged the ongoing community mental health work that has been undertaken in Thailand, Indonesia, China (Sichuan province), Singapore, Australia and Asia-Pacific to “build back better” in the recovery phase of crisis and disaster.  Presentations are available below and are organized according to the forum and workshop streams. 

Programme Schedule

ACMHL Forum – 24 September 2013

Dr Tan Lai Yong – Keynote 1: Lessons for Leaders: Building Sustainable Communities 

Dr Ong Say How – Introduction to Many Paths, One Purpose  

Dr Pitakpol Boonyamalik – Country Presentation (Thailand) 

Dr Tjhin Wiguna – Country Presentation (Indonesia) 

Dr Alex Su – Country Presentation (Singapore) 

Prof Deng Hong – Country Presentation (China) 

Prof Chow S LAM – Keynote 2: Adjustment to Natural Disasters: A Psychosocial Perspective 

Prof Myron Belfer – Plenary on Building Back Better, Sustainable Mental Healthcare after Emergencies, World Health Organisation 


WHO: Building Back Better, Sustainable Mental Healthcare after Emergencies

IASC Guidelines on Mental Health & Psychosocial support in emergency settings


Crisis Simulation Workshop – 25 September 2013

Peter Rekers & Rebecca Riggs – Empowering leaders through cultural simulation  to enhance disaster communications  

Mental Health Outcomes Workshop – 26 September 2013

Prof Weining C Chang – Implications for policy to advance mental health & well being: What does current research tell us? 

Dr Joseph Molina – Fundamentals for Evaluation for Health Programme Planning 

Prof Myron Belfer – Ensuring the quality of training & the use of outcome measurement in mental health 



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