Global Mental Health-Map (GMH-Map)


This site is part of  an ongoing, collaborative project to compile and share important resources for Global Mental Health (GMH). Our desire is to help provide a "global map for a global movement" for navigating the GMH domain better and find relevant ways for connecting and contributing. The site is committed to complement the growing efforts to develop GMH broadly, to work across sectors, and to promote sustainable development. We welcome your suggestions and materials in order to make GMH-Map as useful as possible.  Click here for more information about the overall project and click here for ideas about how to contribute content. 
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How we define GMH:
"GMH is an international, interdisciplinary, [culturally-sensitive] 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); 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." (GMH--Finding Your Niches and Networks, 2012)
Note: For some quick updates, see the items below preceded by New.
For comprehensive updates, review the various GMH newsletters and GMH websites.

Featured Highlights
Upcoming Event--Special Consultation:

Mental Health and NCDs—The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 
Implementing the WHO Mental Health Action Plan and the WHO Global NCD Action Plan

7 October 2015, Organized by the NGO Forum for Health

click HERE for more information

(space is limited to 20 participants)

GMH Week Geneva, 5-10 October 2015

(some of the events happening in Geneva in advance of World Mental Health Day,10 October )


7 October: Mental Health and NCDs--The UN 2030 Agenda  (NGO Forum for Health)

8-9 October: mhGAP Forum (World Health Organization)

Additional: MH in Humanitarian Settings, MH in Priority Health Programmes, etc.

1. GMH Overview
GMH: Tracking and Trekking Across Sectors, Kelly and Michele O'Donnell
Short version--
Psychology International, June 2015, pp. 16-19)
Full version--
Click here (10 pages)
Powerpoint--GMH: Tracking and Trekking Across Sectors
(William James College, Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health, USA, 26 June 2015)
2. United Nations Sustainable Development Process
(1 August 2015)

 (June 2015, unedited version)

Transforming the World by 2030: A New Agenda for Global Action 
(the zero draft for the inter-governmental negotiations, 2 June 2015)

The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet
(UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report for sustainable development, 4 December 2014) 
Available at:
3. Online GMH Training/Webinars (organized by GMH-Map)
Global Integration 3: Reflections on GMH--Past Milestones, Current Issues, and Future Directions, 12 Dec 2014
Dr. Richard Mollica, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma
Organised by GMH-Map
Click here to access the audio-power point

Global Integration 2: Developing Mental Health in Low-Resource Settings, 21 November 2014
Dr. Paul Bolton, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Organized by GMH-Map with support from USAID Victims of Torture Fund. Click here to access the audio-power point.

4. Global Integration Updates

Faith-Based Partners in Transformation. This August 2015 Update focuses on the transformational role of the faith-based sector within Global Integration (GI). It includes recent materials on faith-based health care from The Lancet, Pope Francis on the environment (Laudauto Si’), and books and articles. Other materials in this Update include the latest United Nations’ sustainable development agenda (crucial to review!) and several global mental health resources. Religion and faith, as we know,  have a central place for most people in our world—including many “persons and communities of concern,” staff, organizations, governments, and donors. Faith-based people are thus often mainstream contributors and partners--and not marginal players-- when it comes to the efforts to "transform" the world. The emphasis on personal transformation (including virtue and moral integrity) is often an important added contribution from the faith-based sector.

Part One--GMH Updates
Overviews, Views,  and News
New: 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.

New: Bi-weekly news bulletin from the APA Office of International Affairs with information about opportunities for international engagement in mental health ( For more information or to send information to include:

New: 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

Mental Health in Development Work: Compassionate Societies--This 12 page booklet by HimalPartner and Digni provides a good overview of GMH. It has an artistic feel to it, includes positive images from Nepal, and is easy to read, compelling, and oriented towards the importance of MH in development work. Available in Norwegian and now also in English.
NewTracking and Trekking with GMH! Presents seven core GMH categories for connecting and contributing to GMH. Featured is a listing of several GMH gatherings (conferences/events) 2013-current, many with links to power point/video presentations. (article en route, June 2015)

 GMH: Strategies for Staying Current, Kelly O'Donnell, Psychology International, March 2014, Vol. 25, No. 1  Click here for full version of the article (this Psychology International issue has many articles related to GMH/international psychology) 

Some GMH websites (click here) see also listing at:

Global Mental Health: A Resource Primer for Exploring the DomainInternational Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, 2012, Volume 1, Issue 3) ;Kelly O'Donnell. Note: This is the foundational research article for the initial development of the GMH-Map website.

Access to the World of Psychology (Psychology International, March 2012--brief article on broadening psychology globally)
Responding to the critiques about GMH: See Point 4 in the "Persepectives" section on this website

Responding to critiques about GMH--see part four in the Perspectives section of this website

GMH and its Discontents (a summary of conference/workshop at McGill University in July 2012 on GMH: Bridging the Perspectives of Cultural Psychology and Public Health)

Poppy field outside of Geneva.
Part Two--GMH Updates
Advocacy, Videos, and Lots In-Between
Advocacy and Programmes
New:  #FundaMentalSDG is an initiative aiming to include a specific mental health target in the post-2015 agenda. It is committed to the belief that there can be no health without mental health, and that there can be no substantial development without including mental health into the post-2015 agenda. For more information and to watch the short and moving advocacy video on mental health by Robin Hammond:

New: Joint statement on the inclusion of health and mental health in the sustainable development goals; NGO Committee on Mental Health (New York) and NGO Forum for Health (Geneva), 10 September 2014

New: Including Mental Health among the New Sustainable Development Goals, British Medical Journal, 20 August 2014, by Thornicroft and Patel.

New: United Nations General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. Policy Brief 4: Recommendations on Human Rights. (Helpful update/perspectives on the macro picture/efforts for development, justice, and wellbeing for all.)

Position Statement on Mental Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda (Movement for Global Mental Health, September 2013)

WHO Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 (final version, 27 May 2013)

WHO QualityRights Project--Toolkit launched 15 June 2012 (goals: improve the quality and human rights conditions in mental health and social care facilities; empower civil society organization to advocate for the rights of people with mental and psychosocial disabilities)

Reports and Resolutions

New: 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)

--Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative (WHO report, September 2014)
--See also the 5 minute video on suicide and the Suicide Fact Sheet 

Investing in Mental Health: Evidence for Action (WHO, September 2013, 36 pages)

WHO Resolution 134 R8 (24 January 2014). Contributing to social and economic development: Sustainable action across sectors to improve health and health equity (follow-up of the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion) ["Recognizing that a number of mental disorders can be prevented and that mental health can be promoted in the health sector and in sectors outside health and that global support is necessary for national and local work on mental health and development, including through the  Mental Health Action Plan and the WHO MINDbank;"]

The Human Development Report 2013--The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. This is the annual report from the UN Development Program. The Overview section is easy to review, especially in light of busy schedules!

Books and Journals
New: Global Mental Health: Anthropological Perspectives (2015), edited by Brandon Kohrt and Emily Mendenhall, Left Coast Press. 

New: Re-Visioning Psychiatry:Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience, and Global Mental Health (2015), edited by Laurence Kirmayer, Robert Lemelson, and Constance Cummings)

New: Global Mental Health, new open access journal from Cambridge University Press; "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.
Psychology Serving Humanity Volume 1

New: Proceedings of the 30th International Congress of Psychology

Currently there are at least eigh recent GMH edited volumes, full of materials useful for practice, policy, health systems, advocacy, training, etc. Some examples are: GMH: Trauma and Recovery (2011, edited by Richard Mollica); 21st Century GMH (2012, edited by Eliot Sorel); and GMH: Principles and Practice (2013, edited by Vikram Patel, Harry Minas, Alex Cohen, and Martin Prince), Public Mental Health: Global Perspectives (2013, edited by Lee Knifton and Neil Quinn), and Improving Mental Health Care: The Global Challenge  (2013, edited by Graham Thornicroft, Mirella Rugeri, and David Goldberg)

Global Mental Health Special Issue, International Health (March 2013--three of the 11  GMH articles are available online for free, Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene)

Global Member Care: (volume 2): Crossing Sectors for Serving HumanityThis 400+ page book is filled with cutting edge resources to help us keep current with our globalizing world and to further develop the global field of member care. It encourages us to connect and contribute to various international sectors (e.g., humanitarian/development, health/mental health, human resources/human rights) on behalf of mission/aid workers and humanity. Edited by Kelly and Michele O'Donnell--Click here for the full description (with links to Table of Contents and Endorsements).  Click here to order the book from the publisher at the special rate. Electronic version available on Amazon 

Mental Health: Breaking Down Barriers (10 articles). This is the special theme of the March-April 2013 issue of Health Progress (Volume 94, number 2, Catholic Health Association of the United States).

Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health (five-part series  of articles in PLOS Medicine focusing on integrating mental health into other health care platforms, emerging from the 2012 NIMH workshop "Grand Challenges in GMH"; open access online)

Harvard Review of Psychiatry special issue on GMH ( January-Febraury 2012, eight articles)

MHPSS and Humanitarian
NewStress Management in Peace Operations, 2015, Maren Rößler and Cord Wiesenthal.  ("This study is based on interviews with German civilian experts in international peace missions by the EU, OSZE, and UN and those responsible for human resources in these organizations. The authors Maren Rößler and Cord Wiesenthal investigated which cumulative stress factors in peace missions influence the well-being and motivation of the staff involved and how the stress they experience can be managed by the institutions. The results show that internal factors connected to the mission cause the most stress, but that advice offered by the institutions is primarily focused on the external circumstances relevant to safety concerns.")

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)

New: 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.

New: The Core Humanitarian Standard (second version 2014, eight commitments)  "...supports humanitarian actors to apply fundamental humanitarian and human rights principles, improve the quality and effectiveness of assistance, and bring greater accountability to communities and people affected by disaster." Consultative input was done until mid-September 2014. See the website for more information and updates.

Building Back Better: Sustainable Mental Health Care after Emergencies 
(WHO publication 
launched in Geneva on International Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2013; three broad emphases: crises as opportunities to develop mental health care, 10 national case examples, lessons learnt). Click here to view the powerpoint for Building Back Better (presented the August launch, WHO Geneva)

New: 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:

New:  Challenges in Integrating GMH and Cultural Psychiatry, Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture webinar online, 2 March 2015

Two International Courses on Mental Health (MH Law and HR-- India;  MH Policy and Services--Portugal)

GMH-Geneva and CART model (proposal for GMH net-hubs--why not set up these informal groups in strategic locations?).

New: Mental Health Innovation Network (this site facilitates and shares progress in the development, evaluation, scaling up, promotion, intervention, and treatment for mental disorders around the world; its three emphases are innovations, resources, and community)

WHO MINDbank Online Platform (launched on the occasion of Human Rights Day, 10 December 2013 and  on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;. This tool "brings together a range of country and international resources, covering mental health, substance abuse, disability, general  health, human rights and development.  These include policies, strategies, laws, and service standards."  It is part of the WHO QualityRights Project and supports the WHO Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020).

For more GMH websites, click here.

Conferences and Events
New: Crossing Boundaries: Meeting the Needs of Refugee Communities Around the Globe, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (William James College), 26 June 2015, Newton, Massachusetts USA ( Organised by the Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health [example of one of the presentations--Powerpoint--GMH: Tracking and Trekking Across Sectors]

New: Culture and GMH Conference, Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, 23-25 April 2015, Providence, Rhode Island USA

2 October 2014--Integrating Physical and Mental Health to Promote Well-Being;  commemorating World Mental Health Day;  NGO Committee on Mental Health; in New York. Update: Click here to see the summary/comments by the Discussant (Kelly O'Donnell).

10 October 2014--Mental Health: New Challenges in the Americas; webinar (English, Spanish) commemorating WMHD; PAHO, WHO, George Washington University, OECD; in DC

GMH: Staying Updated-Crossing Sectors, Spring Conversation Series, O'Neill Institute, Georgetown University. Tuesday 6 May, presenter: Dr. Kelly O'Donnell  Click here for the power point presentation

GMH and NGOs: Working Together Well! (short version of power point-plenary session, HimalPartner GMH Seminar, Oslo, 7 March 2014)

Gathering on Mental Health and the Church (Orange County, California, USA  28 March 2014) NAMI, Catholics, and Evangelicals seriously connect on behalf of mental health with an estimated 10,000 people participating in person/online. See the article: Can Churches Separate Mental Illness and Shame? Also see: more reflections by a plenarist; NAMI newsthe Event website

GMH Forum: Sustainable Development through Global Action--The Case for Investing in Mental Health (hosted by the Centre for Global Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London--27,28 September 2013)

GMH Week+ Geneva: Connecting-contributing via a strategic week of events/activities  (3-11 October 2013) This is an example of some of the various activities done around World Mental Health Day (in, around, and related to Geneva). Click here to see the various events (point 5 in the training section of this website). 

GMH: A Resource Map for Connecting and Contributing (keynote/powerpoint presentation at the Nordic WHO Simulation Conference, Copenhagen, 7 August 2013--a GMH overview including six short video links; click here for the handouts

Help to Alleviate the Global Burden of Trauma

New Responses to a Challenge for Governments, UN Agencies and Civil Society

6-8 June 2013 Geneva, in/around the Centre International de Conférences Genève

Click here to view the program

Advances in Trauma Care
EMDR with Survivors of Mass Disaster and the WHO Global Mental Health-Action Plan; Special side event on the occasion of the 66th World Health Assembly; Tuesday 21 May 2013, 12:00-13:30; United Nations Geneva—NGO Resource and Service Centre; Main presenter: Dr. Isabel Fernandez

Videos and Film
New: 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)

New: 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)

Mental Health in Liberia (psychoscial scars, post war trauma, PBS 2011)

Like a Death Sentence (MH in Ghana, Human Rights Watch, 2012)

Sunflower field outside of Geneva.
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