TCI Asia plenaries are held every 2 to 3 years, where we try to create learning platform with contemporary issues of concern for us in the region. The plenary forms an important space for new and old member country DPOs and individuals (where no DPO exists yet), from Asia (and now Pacific, too!) to come together, learn and share, build a regional vision and advocacy actions together. 21 countries and about 70 persons with psychosocial disabilities, and cross disability supporters, participated in the Bali Plenary from 26-29 August 2018, at Hotel Ayodhya, Nusa Dua.
Important outcomes are:
We renamed ourselves as “TCI Asia Pacific”, and we will cover the South Asia, South East Asia and Pacific regions.
We adopted new countries (Maldives, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Fiji, Tonga, East Timor, HongKong) as members.
- As a way of responding to the forthcoming International mental health week, and showing our concern about the medical psychiatric expansion throughout our region, increasing the “global burden of barriers” for us, we adopted the “Bali Declaration”.
The Bali Plenary was a huge success, in terms of outcomes. Country DPO groups are being formed, emerging leaders who have been associated since long with our movement, are moving ahead in their national advocacy on Inclusion, and we are keeping ourselves updated about developments in global spaces.
Our learning thematic this year was, Inclusion in Development. Our studies on Inclusion over the years has brought to us the knowledge that there are two “gates” through which a person with psychosocial stress, distress or disturbance, and the people in their environments, may enter. One is the “Mental health” gate, the other is the “Development” gate. The first one leads to lowest minimum options (medication, institutionalization) and more often, the closure of the second gate, because of colonial laws widely prevalent in the sector. This closure of opportunities leads to “chronicity” and high support needs (which are not available in reality.)
Whereas, entering through the second gate is inclusive of the first gate also. A person may have access and opportunity to different kinds of supports and services in the community, among which health care may be one.
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