A Global Map for a Global Movement
This site is part of a collaborative project to further orient colleagues to Global Mental Health (GMH). It complements the growing efforts to develop GMH around the world, to work collaboratively across sectors, and to promote sustainable development for all people and the planet. Click here for information about the GMH-Map Project. Member Care Associates: MCAresources@gmail.com
GMH Defined. GMH is an international, interdisciplinary, culturally-relevant, and multi-sectoral domain which promotes human well being, the right to health, and equity in health for all. It 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 and environmental factors that affect health and well being." (based on the definition in GMH--Finding Your Niches and Networks,
For comprehensive updates, see the various GMH newsletters and GMH websites.
Watch the TEDTalk by Dr. Vikram Patel: Mental Health for All by Involving All.
See the latest summary of our GMH orientation materials, from GMH-Map.
Featured Highlights 2016-2017
2017 GMH Winter Institute on Mental Health and Evidence-Based Policy Research,
January 9-13, 2017 at Teachers College, Columbia University: www.tc.columbia.edu/cps/gmhwinter
Call for Papers: Global Mental Health: Families, Systems and Health will publish a special issue on global mental health. The journal requests submissions on topics related to global mental health initiatives in primary care and/or that involve family resources in treatment. For more information: http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/fsh/call-for-papers-global-mental-health.aspx. Deadline: 1 May 2017.
Special section on GMH (five "editorials"): Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
(December 2016; pdfs availabe online for download)
mhGAP Intervention Guide for mental neurological and substance use disorders innon-specialized settings (version 2.0, WHO, 2016)
Sustainable Global Mental Health Development, power point, World Mental Health Day Event, 5 October 2016 Ecuemenical Centre, Geneva
Global Mental Health: Sharing and Synthesizing Knowledge for Sustainable Development, Global Mental Health, September, 2016
Primary Care Mental Health (2016-2018), International Masters Degree
NOVA University of Lisbon
World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2016--materials
Theme: Dignity in Mental Health--Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All
World Federation for Mental Health---WMHD: 25 Years (list of themes)
UN Human Rights Council, Resolution on Mental Health and Human Rights
(1 July 2016) co-sponsored by 60+ countries
Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health A Global Development Priority
Update 19 April 2016--Read/watch the MHIN summary:
One Humanity: Shared Responsibility,
April Update--See the core reports here, enroute to the WHS 23-24 May:
Guest weblog by Kelly O'Donnell for the CHS Alliance (24 Feb 2016)
Global Integration Updates
(many more materials are in the Featured Items section)
Overviews, News, and Views
7 January 2016--Health, Education, Development. and Security--some reflections by Dr. Eliot Sorel
September 2015 Psychology International (includes examples of psychology in the global context as well as a review of the two-volume compendium of Psychology Serving Humanity); June 2015 Psychology International (includes short articles on psychology in Latin America, GMH materials/resources update, review of the edited GMH text by Patel, Minas, Cohen, and Prince, etc.)
Bi-weekly news bulletin from the APA Office of International Affairs with information about opportunities for international engagement in mental health (www.apa.org/international). For more information or to send information to include: email@example.com.
Transcultural Psychiatry (Dec. 2014)--Special journal issue on GMH; free access to the opening editorial, 12 pages with reflections on contributions from GMH and concerns about GMH
Advocacy and Programmes
#FundaMentalSDG is an initiative aiming to include [as of September 2015] specific mental health indicators in the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development. Go to the website for more information and to watch the short and moving advocacy video on mental health by Robin Hammond:
Reports and Resolutions
UN Human Rights Council, Resolution on Mental Health and Human Rights (1 July 2016), co-sponsored by 60+ countries
Mental Health Atlas 2014, World Health Organization (2015) “This new edition of Mental Health Atlas…is providing much of the baseline data against which progress towards the objectives and targets of the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 is to be measured.” (website). Click here to access the press release and podcast which overview the findings (on the Mental Health Innovation Network website).
World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior (World Bank, Dec 2014).."Development policies based on new insights into how people actually think and make decisions will help governments and civil society achieve development goals more effectively. A richer and more accurate understanding of human behavior can make it easier to tackle such difficult development challenges as increasing productivity, breaking the cycle of poverty from one generation to the next, and acting on climate change...." (from official Press Release)
Books and Journals
Global Mental Health: Anthropological Perspectives (2015), edited by Brandon Kohrt and Emily Mendenhall, Left Coast Press.
Re-Visioning Psychiatry:Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience, and Global Mental Health (2015), edited by Laurence Kirmayer, Robert Lemelson, and Constance Cummings)
Global Mental Health, is an open access journal from Cambridge University Press which "aims to publish papers that apply the global point of view to mental health research...seeks to cultivate the emerging field of [GMH], and to provide a forum for the publication of the new perspectives and paradigms developing from it." Four categories of papers to be included: Interventions, Etiology, Policy and Systems, Training and Learning.
Videos and Films (2013-2014)
Living with a Black Dog (animated, creative video to support those who help others with depression; a companion video to I Had a Black Dog)
Condemned is a powerful (and disturbing but hopefully motivating) four minute video focusing on mental disabilities in Africa countries in crisis. It won second place in the Contemporary Issues category of the 2014 World Press Photo Awards. Done by Robin Hammond.
Hidden Pictures Project. The first short video features the work of Vikram Patel in India, recruiting/training community members to provide basic counseling.
Breaking the Chains (Indonesia, Erminia Colucci)
Humanitarian and MHPSS
mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide: Clinical Management of Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use Conditions in Humanitarian Emergencies, WHO and UNHC, (2015).
Humanitarian Effectiveness and Staff Wellbeing, webinar organized by Humanitarian Professionals in Assistance and Protection, 30 July 2015. (audio and powerpoint available online, opening 30 minute presentation by Dr. Alastair Ager, Columbia University)
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Advocacy Document, IASC Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (July 2015) This brief advocacy document was submitted recently to the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). The focus is on how MHPSS contributes to the four themes of the WHS: 'Humanitarian Effectiveness', 'Reducing vulnerability and managing risk', 'Transformation through Innovation' and 'Serving the needs of people in conflict'. The main messages: “MHPSS should be integrated into all humanitarian responses. All people affected by disasters, conflict and chronic adversities should have access to appropriate MHPSS to restore day-to-day functioning and recovery.” The WHS will be held in Istanbul 23-34 May 2016.
Training and Events
Primary Care Mental Health (2016-2018), International Masters Degree, NOVA University of Lisbon
MSc International Humanitarian Psychosocial Intervention, University of East London (online/distance learning approach)
Database on MHPSS-related courses (accessed from MHPSS.net)
Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, National Institutes for Health (USA) and AcademyHealth 15 December of Mental Health, Washington DC
Global Perspectives on Mental Wellbeing--Knowledge Exchange/Summer School. A one-week course offered by the University of Glasgow and University of Rwanda, 15-19 June 2015, Kigali, Rwanda. Contact:
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