- December 05, 2017
Tanya Benjamin is a third year PhD Candidate in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, field of Occupational Science, at Western University. In this post, Tanya discusses her vision for an occupational just society, where all individuals have opportunities for meaningful occupational participation.
- November 30, 2017
Three of our Global MINDS Fellows, Richelle Bird, Robyn Masters and Michelle Quaye, placed first in the local final of the Western World’s Challenge Challenge, held as part of International Week celebrations.
- November 29, 2017
Paula Njeru is a final year medical student at Kenyatta University in Kenya. In this blog post, Njeru reflects on her experience attending the Summer Institute 2018.
- November 13, 2017
Global MINDS is excited to be participating in the Africa-Western Collaboration Day, which is being held on Wednesday, November 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Atrium of the International and Graduate Affairs Building.
- October 19, 2017
Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Global MINDS Annual Newsletter! We are excited to share and celebrate with you what we have achieved this year!
- October 13, 2017
Dr. Arlene MacDougall believes that through means of social innovation and transdisciplinary approaches meaningful solutions can be developed to address the rising global burden of mental disorders.
- October 12, 2017
Jessica Carswell is a fourth year undergraduate student completing her honours specialization in Psychology at Western University. In this post, Carswell reflects on her journey throughout the Global MINDS Fellowship Program and what it has taught her about how to affect positive social change and significantly impact global health.
- September 10, 2017
Richelle Bird is a School and Child Psychology PhD student at Western University. Bird reflects on the African term "ubuntu", and how it has shaped her understandings of her experience during the Global MINDS Fellowship Program.
- July 20, 2017
Jessica Carswell is an upper year undergraduate student in Psychology at Western University. Home from Machakos, Kenya where she spent two weeks with the Global MINDS Summer Institute, she discusses how the opportunity encouraged her to take more chances, expanded her cultural and clinical understanding of mental health and gave her the practical skill-set to start making a difference in her professional and academic work.
- July 20, 2017
Richelle Bird is a School and Child Psychology PhD student at Western University. Bird discusses how her time in Kenya helped her to better understand the stigma of mental health, the extensive complexity of mental issues globally and how these experiences will serve to enrich her academic and professional work.
- July 20, 2017
Stephanie Huff is a second-year PhD student in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Western University. Huff discusses how her experiences at the Global MINDS Summer Institute showed her the power of transdisciplinary and intercultural approaches to problem solving and inspired her to collect data from East Africa for her dissertation research.
- July 20, 2017
Stephanie Huff is a second-year PhD student in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Western University. Huff was drawn to the Global MINDS Summer Institute because of her interest in gaining practical experience in mental health initiatives in a global context.
Huff discusses how her experiences at the Global MINDS Summer Institute showed her the power of transdisciplinary and intercultural approaches to problem solving and inspired her to collect data from East Africa for her dissertation research.
- July 19, 2017
Brianna Jackson recently completed a bachelor’s degree in science in Nursing at Western University and is pursuing a master of science in Nursing at Western University in the Fall. Jackson applied for the Global MINDS Summer Institute to build on her previous experiences in global advocacy work in Tanzania by continuing to improve the well-being of vulnerable communities in Kenya.
Jackson discusses how her experiences at the Global MINDS Summer Institute profoundly shaped her passion for social innovation and global mental health initiatives and instilled in her the importance of listening to the insights of community members.
- July 18, 2017
Tanya E. Benjamin is completing the second year of her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Western University. Benjamin was drawn to the Global MINDS Summer Institute by the opportunity to explore innovative ideas to tackle mental health problems and to work with marginalized communities to improve their well-being.
Benjamin describes how her time in Kenya showed her the immense potential of international collaboration for social change and instilled in her an appreciation for the power of team work.
- June 09, 2017
As one of the first students to embark on the Global MINDS Summer Institute, Jayme Bridge, a fourth year undergraduate Faculty of Information and Media Studies student and soon to be Western University alumni, says the two weeks she spent in Machakos, Kenya were impactful and inspiring. Bridge is now looking for ways to continue working with marginalized populations
- June 01, 2017
Gunjan Mhapankar has a deep interest in international development projects. Having just completed her first year of the Doctor of Medicine Program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Mhapankar is passionate about using her skills to instill positive changes to the mental health system and create positive, long-term outcomes for those affected by mental illness. She is channeling this passion into her Global Minds Summer Institute experience and spending three weeks in Kenya working with a team of students and faculty from Western University and Kenya.
- May 26, 2017
Working to innovate new mental health solutions, Michelle Quaye, a member of the Schulich Medicine Class of 2020, aims to use her experience with the Global MINDS Summer Institute in Kenya to inform her future practise as a physician. As a way of applying her learnings back home in Canada, Quaye hopes to identify if there are any similarities between the Kenyan and Canadian mental health care systems.
- May 22, 2017
Congratulations to Michelle Quaye and Gunjan Mhapankar, Medicine Class of 2020, on being chosen as two of the 10 Western University students taking part in the first ever Global MINDS Summer Institute in Machakos Town, Kenya.