The SHM Foundation and Filmpark have collaborated to make a 6-minute documentary, showing how difficult it is for a young adult to discover that they are HIV positive, how they cope with stigma and what their aspirations are for the future. The film is directed by Marek Mackovic, and was a bold, brave, and empowering experience for both the adolescents and the film crew. The film will be screened at the International HIV/AIDS Conference in Durban, in the Youth Village on July 22nd. Join the discussion of the film by tweeting @SHMFoundation or using the hashtag #KhulumaFilm.
To mark World Mental Health Day on October 10 2016, the Country Mile Comedy Club, fundraising for the SHM Foundation, presents a new night of comedy from some of the brightest and best stand-up and sketch comedians around.
The Troubadour hosts a stellar comedy line up, headlined by stand-up Phil Wang (‘Daphne Sounds Expensive’, ‘Have I Got News For You’), who is joined on the bill by sketch duo The Pin, preparing material for the third series of their BBC Radio 4 show, stand-ups Catherine Bohart (BBC New Comedy Award 2016 Finalist and Funny Women 2016 Awards Grand Finalist), and Sarah Keyworth (Funny Women Awards 2015 First Runner Up), and sketch triangle Two Plus Ones, fresh from their Edinburgh Fringe debut ‘Mothers’.
The Country Mile Comedy Club is fundraising for the SHM Foundation. All proceeds will go to Project Khuluma, and there will be a bucket at the end of the show for donations as well.
Praise for the line-up:
The Pin – “’A very classy, very funny show indeed”, The Telegraph; “The Pin prove it’s still possible to play with the conventions of the medium of sketch comedy”, The Guardian
Catherine Bohart – “Already seems like a comic with both a distinctive voice and a story you’d like to hear”; Chortle, “Clearly on the cusp of great things”, Funny
Sarah Keyworth – “Excellently deadpan” – Huffington Post; “Pulling in the biggest laughs”, Three Weeks
Two Plus Ones – “Original and clever… the jokes come thick and fast”, Broadway Baby; “Not to be missed, at any cost”, Varsity
Details: Monday 10 October, 8pm (approx. 1hr 10). Tickets: £3.50 online / £5 on the door.
The SHM Foundation’s Project Khuluma works with youth living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa to address their mental health and wellbeing needs.
The SHM Foundation team presented the findings from Project Khuluma at the AIDS 2016 Conference in Durban last month. Together with Body & Soul, they hosted a session in the Global Village on #MentalHealthMatters for Young People Living with HIV. Read their reflections on the Mental Health Innovation Network Blog.
To celebrate International Youth Day, we present a poem written by one of our Khuluma participants on the trials and tribulations of adolescence.
The SHM Foundation team will present findings from Project Khuluma at the International HIV/AIDS Conference in Durban, July 18th-22nd. Project Khuluma is currently live with 100 adolescents in South Africa, and uses SMS text messaging as a tool for increasing their access to mental health support. Follow us on Twitter during the conference and beyond, @SHMFoundation, to keep up to date with our findings and insights. You can learn more by reading our case study on the Mental Health Innovation Network, or join our live debates on Adherence, Social Stigma and Evaluation on MHIN Africa and MESH.
Stuart Hancock studied at Downing College, Cambridge and at the London College of Music, where he graduated with distinction from the Masters course in Composing for Film and TV. In 1999, he was hired as an in-house composer with music production company Mcasso, where he wrote and produced music for all commercial media… Read More
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz no solo es una figura fundamental en la historia de la literatura —particularmente en la poesía— mexicana. Sino que también es todo un personaje de la libertad, pues en un tiempo en el que las mujeres tenían derechos nulos para obtener educación y muchas otras libertades, Sor Juana Inés fue una mujer célebre por su lucha por la libertad intelectual y espiritual.
En un país donde las mujeres no tenían derecho de acceder al estudio y después de vérsele coartada la posibilidad de vestirse de hombre y así asistir a clases, fue que decidió convertirse en monja y, de esa forma, tener el conocimiento que tanto anhelaba, a la mano. Ella es en México y toda Latinoamérica un ícono intelectual y literaria, sin embargo, en Europa aun les falta conocerla en su totalidad. Full Story
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Juana de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillana, 1651?-95) exerted a powerful seductive force during her life and continues to do so today. She speaks to us across the centuries as a woman who was driven by the desire to follow her greatest inclination, learning and the study of letters. For many years, she found the place to do so in the convent of the Order of Saint Jerome in Mexico City, which she entered in 1669, and where she sought to persuade the hierarchy of the Church that following her God-given inclinations was a devout act of belief and fulfillment. She believed with every fibre of her being in the right of women to a life of the mind, and for many years broadcast this belief across this Spanish-speaking world from her convent cell. Early editions of her poetry… Read More
Educate & Celebrate wins funds to tackle HBT Bullying
Posted on 24 March 2015 by Elly Barnes
Schools, students, parents and head teachers that have received training and resources from Educate & Celebrate are in agreement that it has a winning formula when it comes to making schools LGBT+Friendly. The charity will soon be extending its successful programme to a greater number of schools across the UK as it has been awarded funding from a £2 million government fund designed to help schools tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying.
Elly Barnes, CEO and Founder of Educate & Celebrate, expressed her delight at the award:
‘The £214k we have been awarded for 2015 means we can do more of what we do best – advocate inclusivity and make schools LGBT+Friendly! Surveys repeatedly show that staff and students in schools face completely unacceptable levels of LGBT+Phobia and I am therefore pleased that the government has ring-fenced funds to address this. Our winning proposal will engage all staff, students, parents and governors in the change process by embedding good practice in both the primary and secondary school curriculum, as well as in the wider community. (more…)
There is growing awareness that HIV/AIDS-affected and -infected adolescents may be at increased risk of mental health problems and distress. Depression and anxiety are associated with non-compliance of medical treatment which, in turn, can further impact health. In South Africa, challenging home environments and stigma in the community weaken support structures at a crucial time when young people are navigating their developing sexuality and HIV status, as well as many other issues associated with adolescence. Despite the need for more support structures of HIV-infected adolescents, such as support groups, in countries like South Africa in can often be challenging to provide them. Challenges include stigma, discrimination, finding a space to run the support groups in often overcrowded hospitals and having adequately trained staff and the capacity to provide regular sessions. Furthermore, in many under-resourced contacts, individuals have to travel long distances to access health care facilities with limited access to transport. These opportunity costs may mean choosing not to attend support groups, which are often seen as “nice to have” rather than essential in facilitating compliance of treatment and providing support through the various related challenges of HIV/AIDS. Click here to read more about Project Khuluma
As a recent graduate of the Global Mental Health MSc programme at King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, I look back on the year as one of the most stimulating and rewarding of my life. One of the best parts of the course was the ability to choose a topic of interest and develop it into a research question for the course’s Summer Project. This gave me the ability to conduct some research on the use of mobile technology in improving the wellbeing of people in resource-limited settings, a subject that has long interested me… Full Story
We are delighted to announce Professor Maurice Biriotti will take over as Chair from September 2015, succeeding Sir Alan Moses who is stepping down after serving the maximum term.
Professor Maurice Biriotti is a founding trustee of The SHM Foundation. Until 1996 he was a full-time academic, holding posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham and Zurich. His published work covers literature, philosophy, anthropology and the dynamics of cultural change. He then co-founded SHM, a strategic consultancy where he is now Chief Executive.
Professor Biriotti is currently Professor of Medical Humanities and Enterprise in the University College London (UCL) Division/Institute of Research Strategy. He is Chair of the board of Voices Now, a festival that brings singers of all backgrounds and abilities together with world-leading performers (Full Story)
Young people have spelled out their vision for the future of policing. Leicestershire’s police and crime commissioner (PCC), Sir Clive Loader asked 25 14 to 25-year-olds to help him get an insight into young people’s views on the police. He asked them to go out into their communities and come back with ideas for reducing crime, cutting re-offending rates and improving the relationship between youngsters and the police… full story
On Wednesday 25th June, 2014 iSpace Foundation will be organizing a hackathon dubbed Hack 4 Good (H4Good). H4Good is a 12 hour hackathon with the purpose of bringing together developers,designers, health and education experts to tackle social issues that can be solved in a short period of time… full story
Project Khuluma (meaning ‘to speak’ in Zulu) run by the SHM Foundation, uses simple SMS technology and basic mobile phones among HIV-positive adolescents to create peer-to-peer support groups and medical advice during the most critical period of rapid development… full story
To be invited to take part in the Snapshot Songs project was an unexpected surprise. It seemed so far away at first, it was hard to get excited. All of the Project Jam team sat around a table and brainstormed ideas and shared our stories. This inspired us to start writing, figuring out some chords and starting work on the song structure. We discussed particular words that summed up our thoughts and feelings. The word that stuck out most was BRAVERY!… full story
Snapshot Songs is an ambitious new performance that celebrates London’s zeitgeist. Led by composer Stuart Hancock and associate artist Liv Bradbury, the performance will feature 150 performers who have attended workshops and auditions across London. Visit the Snapshotsongs Blog to meet the choir… full story
New mothers around the world often face challenges within and outside the household when continuing to breastfeed, and women in Guatemala and in low –and – middle income countries usually have to face these challenges on their own without proper access to healthcare information. However, the introduction of mobile health programs has provided an opportunity to extend health services outside of the healthcare setting and provide new mothers with immediate and accessible information and support… full story
At the recent Open Government Partnership Summit, Loren had the opportunity to showcase transparency initiatives which are improving healthcare delivery across Africa, many of which have been devised locally. This was part of a speaker session and panel discussion chaired by Tim Kelsey, the National Director for Patients and Information at NHS England… full story
Snapshotsongs is a new music project bringing together 150 musicians and singers to create and perform a song-cycle celebrating the many voices of London today, at the Guildhall School’s brand new Milton Court Concert Hall. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join, and the ability to read music is not required. What is necessary however is enthusiasm… full story
These are the young people who hope to shape policing in Hampshire as part of the newly-established Youth Commission. Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes launched the new body at his headquarters in Winchester. The 28 young people – including five from the Basingstoke area… full story
The LA Phil and Gustavo Dudamel return to the Barbican for their first International Associate Residency following their sold out visit in 2010 with a special Green Umbrella concert including two UK premieres, a blazing selection of some of Europe’s best-loved music and a host of creative learning work… full story
SOUTHAMPTON youngsters are set to be at the heart of a groundbreaking new project aimed at reducing youth crime and offending.Teenagers from the city will be invited to form part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s new youth forum – a sounding board where they can have their say on issues affecting their peers… full story
Leicestershire is set to become the first police force in England and Wales to create a “youth commission”. Sir Clive Loader, who is the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), has pledged to assemble a panel of approximately 20 young people between the ages of 14 and 25… full story
Sir Clive Loader, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Leicestershire, is leading the way on a new initiative to involve young people in finding solutions to crime. Leicestershire is the first area to sign up to a ‘Youth Commission’ pilot project in which… full story
Young people in the city are being given the chance to help in the fight against crime by joining forces with the new West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Mark Burns-Williamson went to Leeds City College to hear from a group of students from the region about their policing priorities, and to look at how… full story
With approximately 29% of pregnant South African women being HIV+, it’s crucial that action is taken to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission (MTCT). Unfortunately, for many newly diagnosed women, this can be a time of intense loneliness, anxiety and depression. In addition, the social stigma of HIV prevents some from seeking the treatment that would keep both them and their baby safe… full story
The Resolution Rug is a fundamental and powerful teaching instrument designed to encourage and develop empathy among children; it is placed in a classroom setting to be used by teachers to diffuse conflict, education children in conflict resolution and encourage positive behaviour by fostering communication in children aged 4-6 as this age is an ideal time to educate and help children develop problem solving skills… full story
Anna Kydd, Director of SHM Foundation, speaks at the Power of Information: New Technologies for Philanthropy and Development conference. This conference was co-hosted by the Indigo Trust, Omidyar Network and Institute for Philanthropy. In this video, Anna talks about her organisation’s work in the health field… full story
Anna Kydd, director of the SHM Foundation, champions the mobile phone as a tool improving the quality of life of sufferers of HIV and Aids in Mexico, South Africa and the UK… full story
A race is on to find what mobiles can do in areas such as public health, governance and education as they are likely to be the only internet connection for most Africans for years to come… full story
Engaging people in a real debate about electoral reform is difficult at the best of times. When the audience is a crowd of Keighley College students cajoled into attending with the promise of free sandwiches, it gets even harder. Undeterred, young volunteers with the SHM Foundation held a debate about the AV system at the West Yorkshire college on Thursday… full story
Listening to a debate at a sixth-form college in Hackney, east London, you hear many of the arguments being thrashed out by politicians from both sides but refreshingly free of political calculation and concerns about which party stands to benefit most. The debate – one of a series taking place in London and across Yorkshire over the coming weeks – is part of the Political Academy, a non-partisan initiative designed to increase political participation among young people… full story
For an HIV-positive, pregnant woman in Africa, a simple SMS message can often make the difference between having a healthy baby and becoming another statistic. Across the developing world… full story
Fashion, music and dance were combined in a one-off performance by young creatives at London’s cultural epicentre. Inspired by the exhibition ‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’, Disruption was a one-off presentation that brought fashion, music and dance together at the Barbican… full story