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Read on for updates, insights and stories from our work - the challenges we're grappling with, hard won lessons we've learned, and achievements we feel proud of

Ember Call Out: Applications now open!

Published on Aug 20, 2019

Ember is calling for applications from community-based mental health projects and organisations working in low- and middle- income countries. Successful applicants will take part in a 12-month process designed to strengthen and grow their work.


Khuluma from the beginning

Published on May 23, 2019

It was Spring 2013 when I first went to Pretoria, South Africa. I was working alongside the SHM Foundation Director and co-founder of Khuluma, Anna Kydd, to set up Khuluma support groups for adolescents living with HIV in South Africa. At first it seemed like a daunting task.


Stories of Grassroots Mental Health Care

Published on May 16, 2019

We believe that some of the most effective and powerful mental health care grows from within communities, from the grassroots up. Across the world there are organisations responding to the needs of their community by developing innovative, creative models of care, drawing on local expertise and often reaching populations with little access to services. That's why Ember's focus is on supporting and strengthening grassroots innovation in global mental health.


A Medical Science Perspective on 160 Characters

Published on Mar 01, 2019

Our final blog on this series comes from Dr Geordan Shannon, a medical doctor and anthropologist , who gives us her thoughts and insights into the 160 Characters workshop.


Khuluma Khulisani Mentor Program

Published on Feb 21, 2019

“You can’t just sit back and relax and expect things to happen. Who is it that is going to make those things happen while you are relaxing? We, as young children, need to start preparing the changes we want to see in this world because everything is in our hands.” – Khuluma Mentor


Understanding the Mood of the Text Message – An Adolescent’s View on 160 Characters

Published on Nov 23, 2018

Our next blog on this series comes from one of our Khuluma Mentors, who shares their thoughts and insights into the 160 Characters workshop.


A Design-thinking Perspective on 160 Characters

Published on Oct 26, 2018

For the next instalment of this blog series, Product Consultant, Ursule Kajokaite, gives us her view on the text message data collected from Project Khuluma.


160 Characters Findings Report

Published on Oct 18, 2018

We're proud to release a report of our findings from the 160 Characters Project. The 160 Characters Project is the first of its kind in its use of an interdisciplinary and participatory framework to understand the text message data generated by The SHM Foundation's Project Khuluma.


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