Quote of the week

My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness…. Our conclusions frequently stem from the behaviors we see before us. Take an example of a man who walks into an emergency department, mumbling incoherently. He says he’s hearing voices in his head, but insists there’s nothing wrong with him. He hasn’t used any drugs or alcohol. If he were to be evaluated by mental health professionals, there’s a good chance he might be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. But what if that same man were deeply religious? What if his incomprehensible language was speaking in tongues?

Nathaniel P.Morris
Scientific American
12 May 2010

Proposals, Grants and Awards

Proposals, Grants & Awards

  • London South Bank University invites applications for the 2010 African Commonwealth Scholarship. Only 15 scholarships are available. The submission deadline is 17 May 2010. For more information, click here.
  • The Australian Government is calling for proposals for the AusAID Human Rights Grants. The grants support NGOs and human rights institutions to conduct human rights projects with direct and tangible benefits for at-risk populations. The submission deadline is 15 June 2010. For more information, click here.
  • Entries are invited from young designers, e-content creators, writers and bloggers for the World Summit Youth Award. The projects should aim at using the Internet and mobiles to put the United Nations Millennium Development Goals into Action. The submission deadline is 20 June 2010. For more information, click here.
  • To view other opportunities, click here.
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