Formed in 2014, the UK-Palestine Mental Health Network (UKPMHN) aims to raise awareness of the struggle for Palestinian rights within the UK mental health community. It seeks to facilitate direct contact between Palestinian and UK mental health workers and organisations, ensuring that Palestinian voices and narratives are heard in places from which they have been excluded, bringing together all those who share its commitment to universalist values and human rights.
The UKPMHN highlights the interface between the Occupation and the psychological well-being of the peoples of Palestine/Israel. It urges that all organisations and individuals be sufficiently aware of making an informed response to the Palestinian request for boycott, divestment and sanctions.
- To raise the issue of Palestine and the oppression of the Palestinians within UK mental health services and professional organisations. To present a perspective based on the application of international law, universal and democratic principles and anti-racist practice.
- To develop close links of equality and solidarity with Palestinian mental health organisations and individuals involved in mental health care, to ensure that the work of the Network reflects their experiences and priorities.
- By developing their knowledge and understanding of the links between the politics of Palestine/Israel and the psychological well-being of the Palestinian people, to be in a position to contribute to the national debate about the issue. To develop an understanding of the ideological background to Israeli policies towards the Palestinian people.
- To encourage colleagues individually and collectively to consider their response to the Palestinian call for boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS).
The UKPMHN has developed contacts with colleagues in the USA, France and other countries, contributing in 2017 to the formation of the USA-Palestine Mental Health Network, and they are currently working together to protest the decision of the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP) in Tel Aviv in 2019.
The UK-Palestine Mental Health Network can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as on their website and Facebook page. When you subscribe to the UKPMHN mailing list, you will automatically be added to their international mailing list and you will receive all mailings.