Global Mental Health-Map

A Global Map for a Global Movement

Update July 2021

This site is part of a collaborative project to further orient colleagues to Global Mental Health (GMH). Since 2011, the GMH-Map project has complemented the growing efforts to develop GMH around the world, to work collaboratively across sectors, and to promote sustainable wellbeing for all people and the planet.

Starting January 2018, we have scaled back this website in light of the development of other internet-based mechanisms to track with GMH, some of the main ones being the GMH Action Network, Mental Health Innovation Network, the Movement for Global Mental Health, and the WHO MINDbank. We still update it though with some of the new GMH-related resources as well as those from our parent organization, Member Care Associates. Click here for information about the GMH-Map Project.

We welcome collaborating colleagues and students to update some of the sections. Contact us at Member Care Associates:

Kelly and Michele O'Donnell


Getting Oriented

For ongoing updates, see the various GMH newsletters and GMH websites.

Review the latest summary of our GMH orientation materials from GMH-Map.

Watch the TEDTalk on GMH by Dr. Vikram Patel: Mental Health for All by Involving All.


GMH Defined

GMH is a growing domain of study, research, and practice which promotes equitable mental health and wellbeing for all--locally through globally and everything in-between. It is international, interdisciplinary, culturally-relevant, and multi-sectoral; emphasizes the right to health and equity in health; encourages healthy behaviours and lifestyles; is committed to preventing and treating mental, neurological, and substance use conditions (MNS) especially for vulnerable populations (e.g., in settings of poverty, conflict, calamity, and trauma) and in low- and middle-income countries; and seeks to improve policies and programs; professional practices and research; advocacy and awareness; and social, structural, systemic, and environmental factors that affect mental health and wellbeing." (based on the initial definition in GMH: Finding Your Niches and Networks (2012).

"We acknowledge, with much appreciation, that many of the developments and directions in GMH are being shaped and implemented by colleagues out of the spotlight, on the ground, in the trenches—often unrecognized and under-funded. Thank you for your commitment and perseverance! "All that is gold does not glitter." Tolkien"

O'Donnell, Eaton, Lewis O'Donnell (2021)

Special News

--Coming soon: 1. WHO Mental Health Action Plan, 2013-2030, update approved by World Health Assembly, 27 May 2021 . 2. WHO Mental Health Atlas 2020 (2021)

--WHO Guidance and Technical Packages on community mental health services: Promoting Person-Centred and Rights-Based Approaches. See also WHO's QualityRights Initiative.

2-4 June 2021: United Nations General Assembly Special Session Against Corruption: "Challenges and measures to prevent and combat corruption and strengthen international cooperation" (10:00-13:00 and 15:18:00 EST, everyday; livestreamed and archived on UN Web TV). Also: watch the 80 minute High-Level Supporting Event with Civil Society and WHO presenters, 3 June 13:30-15:00: Addressing Corruption in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Livestreamed on UN Web TV and video archived HERE. Also note the Political Declaration was unanimously adopted on day one (18 pages; note "integrity" is included 19 times): "Our common commitment to effectively addressing challenges and implementing measures to prevent and combat corruption and strengthen international cooperation."

--World Health Day (7 April): Building a Fairer, Healthier World. Global Integration Update, April 2021

--"Covid Care" Reflections and Resources--Member Care Associates and Various Sources. "Covid care: Promoting and maintaining mental health, resilience, and wellbeing for all persons and peoples (ranging from informal to formal services, guidance and policies, local through global) during the multi-faceted challenges of COVID-19 and beyond." Latest upload (June): Covid Resources--Grief and Bereavement, Dr. Camille Wortman et al., Stony Brook University.

--COVID-19 and the Need for Action on Mental Health. UN Policy Brief, 13 May 2020. 17 pages including an Executive Summary. Video message/text by Antonio Guterres on the launch of the UN Brief on COVID-19 and Mental Health, 13 May 2020, (2 minutes 45 seconds). See also the UN’s feature story in its global/health sections (13 May 2020): “UN leads call to protect most vulnerable from mental health crisis during and after COVID.”

--Global Integrity Day, 9 June 2021. Theme for this year: Corruption and Poverty. Visit the site to watch the video of the Spotlight Event on 9 June. This is a growing, global initiative to reflect, teach, and collaborate on ways to integrate integrity in all we do throughout the entire year: a) cultivating lifestyles of integrity from the individual through the international levels; b) joining together to address the causes and consequences of corruption in its many forms; and c) working for just and equitable societies marked with wellbeing for all persons/peoples and for the planet #GlobalIntegrityDay

--Embrace--Multicultural Mental Health. "These resources have been translated into a range of languages for those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to access."

Featured Highlights 2021

--Climate--Conflict--Corruption: Safeguarding ALL People and the ENTIRE Planet. Global Integration Update (July 2021)

--Global Insights Newsletter (May 2021). Office of International Affairs, American Psychological Association. "Engaging APA members and the public in the critical role of psychology globally through stories and perspectives from around the world."

--One Bad Dream. (April 2021). A film spotlighting intermittent explosive disorder, done by two mental health advocates, Ralph Calle-Schulz and Ahmad Allawati.

--GMH: Collaborating for Sustainable Development and Wellbeing (April 2021). O'Donnell, K., Eaton, J., & Lewis O'Donnell, M. A revised version of this article will appear in the forthcoming volume (in press): E.P. Congress, H. Takooshian, & S. Osborn (Eds.), Behavioral Science and Health in the Global Arena. Information Age Publishing.

--Aliev, AA., Roberts, T., Magzumova, S. et al. Widespread collapse, glimpses of revival: a scoping review of mental health policy and service development in Central Asia. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology (2021).

--World Mental Health Day (10 October 2021)--Mental Heath in an Unequal World. World Federation for Mental Health, partners, and many organizations.

--Harvard Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program. Harvard Medical School Intensive Online Training. Principles and Practices in Global Mental Health. 19-30 April 2021

--GMH Summer Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University. Topics: Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy, WHO Humanitarian Intervention Guide, Disability Policy/Advocacy. 26 April-2 May 2021

--Finance's Role in Improving Mental Health (April 2021). Policy paper prepared by GMH Action Network for the Spring Meetings--World Bank Group and IMF.

--Psychology Day at the United Nations (15 April 2021). Building Back Better: Mental Health in a Post-Pandemic World. Psychology Coalition at the United Nations

--Forced Migration Review (March 2021). Special Issue on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, etc.

--Global Trends: Perspectives and Priorities from the Sectors. Global Integration Update (March 2021)

--COVID-19 mental health impact and responses in low-income and middle-income countries: reimagining global mental health. Kola, L., et al. (25 authors). The Lancet Psychiatry.(February 2021)

---Resolution on APA, Psychology, and Human Rights. American Psychological Association (February 2021)

--State of the Planet: Our Suicidal War on Nature. Global Integration Update (January 2021)


(sent monthly by Member Care Associates)

Multi-sectoral resources to inform our work and lives

linking our skills, relationships, and integrity

on behalf of the wellbeing of all people and the planet.

May 2021: Tracking Important News--
Issues, Insights and Involvements

Keep in the forefront the opportunities for “selfless moral struggle” in partnering with others (Patel et al. 2011, p. 90) and the “duty and choice to risk one’s owns rights and well-being” on behalf of fellow humans (O’Donnell, 2011, p. 187). Develop your personal character and professional competence as a responsible global citizen. Form a global caravan for your GMH journey in the service of humanity. (Adapted from GMH: A Resource Primer for Exploring the Domain, 2012)

Featured Resources 2020

See the Featured Items section for a listing of the GMH-Map resources highlighted from 2011-2019

Genocide: Bearing Witness...
"We can't just Pontius Pilate 800,000 people."
Global Integration Update
(December 2020)

MHPSS for Children in Humanitarian Settings: An Updated Review of Evidence and Practice
(November, 2020) UNICEF et al.

Living in Chains: Shackling of People with Psychosocial Disabilities Worldwide
Human Rights Watch Report (October 2020)

World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2020
Mental Health for All: Greater Investment-Greater Access World Federation for Mental Health

Wellbeing for All: Global Mental Health--Developments and Directions Presentation 7 October 2020, Argentina Mental Health Association Conference

Investing in Mental Health--Briefing for the UN General Assembly GMH Action Network, September 2020

"The world must change the way mental health challenges are addressed." Dainius Puras, Remarks 6 July 2020 to the UNCHR, Annual Report--UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Physical-Mental Health.

Understanding and Utilizing Principles of International Psychology. Karen Brown, Joyce Yip Green, Deanza Spaulding. Eye on Psi Chi, Summer 2020, 24/4

GMH Advocacy Roadmap 2020-2021. Global Mental Health Action Network. (2020).
Engaging in Humanity Care: Stress, Trauma, and Humanitarian Work. Kelly O'Donnell, Heidi Pidcoke, Michele Lewis O'Donnell. Christian Psychology Around the World (Issue 14, May 2020, pp. 153-167)

Stories from the Sectors: Desperate Journeys, Embodying Change, Awake at Night
Global Integration Updates (March 2020)
See migration updates/stories in The New Humanitarian

Wellbeing for Who? Global Reports from Seven Sectors
Global Integration Update (February 2020)

Mental Health for Sustainable Development:
A Topic Guide for Development Professionals

Ryan, Iemmi, Hanna, Loryman, Eaton;
K4D Emerging Issues Report (Jan. 2020)

No Turning Back for the World Community:
The Int. Conference on Mental Health-Psychosocial Support in Crisis Situations

Global Insights, Office of International Affairs, American Psychological Association, (28 January 2020).

Shaping Our Future Together: UN75--2020 and Beyond. Global Integration Update (January 2020)

Urgent Health Challenges for the Next Decade. WHO, 13 January 2020


10 October 2017: Celebrating World Mental Health Day together at the O'Donnell's home in France outside of Geneva, following the WHO mhGAP Forum, continuing the conversations and connecting as friends and colleagues over dinner.

GMH: Into the Future--Together!

"The GMH community must join others in the international, multi-sectoral community to advocate for solidarity in common efforts for sustainable development, locally and globally, to stir up and consolidate the best that we can be as individuals and institutions, including: greater empathy for others and mutual reliance on others; greater existential awareness of our finiteness and sense of meaning in life; and greater engagement with others for the common good and protection of the most vulnerable as well as the planet. Positively, the protracted COVID-19 pandemic provides plenty of opportunities for us all--personally, locally, and internationally--to reflect on the types of people we want to be and the types of societies we need to build. Many conversations have been started on the basis of the experience of the pandemic, which must now be operationalized into practical approaches to achieve the types of changes we have to make.

If we are to learn lessons and move towards a new way of realizing mental health and wellbeing for all, we must persevere in calling for policy and action that has compassion, equity, and rights at its heart. The call is a summons for humanity—humans helping humans. It is everyone’s responsibility. Stay the course!"

GMH: Collaborating for Sustainable Development and Wellbeing (March 2021). O'Donnell, K., Eaton, J., & Lewis O'Donnell, M. A revised version of this article will appear in the forthcoming volume (in press): E.P. Congress, H. Takooshian, & S. Osborn (Eds.), Behavioral Science and Health in the Global Arena. Information Age Publishing.


The GMH-Map web site is managed by Member Care Associates, Inc. (MCA). MCA is a non-profit organization working internationally and across sectors, based in the Geneva area. We provide and develop member care resources to support the wellbeing and effectiveness of staff and their organisations (WE). In addition to member care, we consult, train, and publish in the areas of global mental health (GMH-Map), integrity/anti-corruption (Global Integrity), and humanity care (Global Integration) within the context of sustainable development for all persons, peoples, and the planet. Coordinators: Kelly O'Donnell, PsyD and Michèle Lewis O'Donnell, PsyD

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