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Founder/CEO of the Global Mental Health Peer Network
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Ms. Sunkel is the Founder/CEO of the Global Mental Health Peer Network and a global voice for the rights of people with lived experience of mental health conditions. She’s been working in the field of mental health advocacy and human rights since 2003. She authored several papers from a lived experience perspective published in well-renowned international journals. She has written and produced theatre plays and a short feature film on mental disorders – to raise public awareness. Ms. Sunkel had been involved in the review and drafting of various policies and legislation in South Africa and provided technical assistance to international mental health-related reports and documents. She serves on a number of international boards and committees and is the former Principal Coordinator for the Movement for Global Mental Health. Ms. Sunkel's career in mental health advocacy and human rights emerged from her own journey with schizophrenia that exposed the dire state of mental health care services and human rights violations still engrained in many practices. She received a number of national and international awards for her work, with the latest award for Outstanding Achievement in Mental Health from the Swiss Foundation and the World Health Organisation.