Global Mental Health-Map

A Global Map for a Global Movement

Update October 2022

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, the 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. SInce 2020 we have also incoded more resources related to another statategic domain that overlaps with GMH--Global Psychology.

We welcome collaboratingluwith colleagues and students for suggestions and updates. Contact us at Member Care Associates:

Kelly O'Donnell, PsyD and Michele Lewis O'Donnell, PsyD


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.

Read GMH: Collaborating for Sustainable Development and Wellbeing (April 2021).
O'Donnell, K., Eaton, J., & Lewis O'Donnell, M. A shorter version is to be published in
Behavioral Science and Health in the Global Arena--Volume Two (March 2022)


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)

2022 WHO Mental Health Report
"Mental health is critically important to everyone, everywhere. All over the world, mental health needs are high but responses are insufficient and inadequate. The
World mental health report: transforming mental health for all is designed to inspire and inform better mental health for everyone everywhere. Drawing on the latest evidence available, showcasing examples of good practice from around the world, and voicing people’s lived experience, it highlights why and where change is most needed and how it can best be achieved. It calls on all stakeholders to work together to deepen the value and commitment given to mental health, reshape the environments that influence mental health, and strengthen the systems that care for mental health. "

We strongly encourage all psychology and mental health-related training programs to include this crucial
Report as a core text.
We have featured this
Report in our July 2022 Global Integration Update.
Kelly and Michele O'Donnell

Special News 2022

--Coming soon--World Health Organization Guidelines on Mental Health at Work, and the accompanying Policy Brief from the World Health Organization and International Labour Organization will be published on 28 September 2022. A briefing will be organized in advance of the launch. "WHO’s first-ever global guidelines on mental health at work provide evidence-based recommendations to improve mental health at work by supporting those who live with, or without, a mental health condition to participate and thrive at work. With an estimated 60% of the world in work, these guidelines provide much needed recommendations for employers, workers and stakeholders responsible for the health, safety and well-being of working people."

“Moving Human Rights to the Forefront of Psychology—Summary of the Final Report of the APA T​a​sk Force on Human Rights​" American Psychologist (May-June 2022). It is guided by the “Five Connections Framework to Psychology” and especially in view of international human rights instruments. Here is a link to the Final Report itself.

--Climate Change and Mental Health webinar recording with summary notes and references (27 April 2022) United for Global Mentla Health--"Mental Health for All" webinar series

Four "I
nternational Psychology" Events and Webinars

  1. Promoting International Psychology--The United Nations and Beyond.” 5 March 2022, 15:30-16:50 EST. This is a panel presentation with 13 colleagues and is part of the Eastern Psychological Association Conference in New York. It also includes a book-signing with editors of two volumes in a new international book series, Behavioral Science in the Global Arena, from the Psychology Coalition at the United Nations (PCUN). This is an in-person event and all are welcome. Organized by PCUN et al.

  1. "Student Mental Health during Covid-19." 30 March 2022, 11:30 EST (elementary school, high school, and university students--USA context primarily). Registration. Organized by PCUN et al.

  1. "Responding to Gender-Based Violence--Supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers." 7 April 2022, 17:00-18:15 EST. Registration. Organized by PCUN et al. 15th annual Psychology Day at the United Nations.

    . Building Hope--Psychological Contributions to a Roadmap for Climate Action.” 21 April 2022, 11:00--14:00 EST. Registration. Organized by PCUN et al.

--Harvard Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate. Program Harvard Medical School Intensive Online Training In Principles and Practices in Global Mental Health. April 25-May 6, 2022

WHO QualityRights e-Training -- Watch the 12 April launch event HERE

--Teaching International Psychology (addressing global concerns and excelling as leaders). APA Division 52--International Psychology. 18 Jan. 2022​. Recording available HERE. Featuring professors and graduates from the International Psycholgy Department at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Human Rights--Why They Matter for the Psychology Profession. International Council of Psychologists. Dr. Nora Sveaasa, University of Oslo and Dr. Michael Wessells, Columbia University. 27 Jan. 2022, 9:30 ET
Resources from 2021 (examples)
Note--See the
Featured Resources section (2011-2021)
--Climate Change, Mental Health, and Disability--Examples of Practical Inclusive Practices CBM (October 2021)

GMH: Three Strategic Events (5-12 October 2021). 7 power point slides--what's up and why its important: GMH Ministerial Summit (registration here), World Mental Health Day, WHO MH Forum.

--Countdown Global Mental Health 2030, "...a monitoring and accountability mechanism that uses a broad and integrated set of indicators to monitor progress for mental health...This free and accessible dashboard...has been developed to inform that everyone everywhere is able to exercise their right to the highest attainable level of mental health.” (quote from United for GMH)

Addressing Mental Health in Global Contexts. 21 October 2021. Organized by Fordham University--International Social Development Seminar and Psi Chi--and the Psychology Coalition at the United Nations. Note: Link for the recording HERE. Power point/notes by Kelly and Michele O'Donnell here: GMH for Sustainable Development.

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

Featured Highlights 2022

World Mental Health Day--10 October 2022--Make Mental Health and Wellbeing for All a Global Priority

See the September Newsletter by GMH Action Network for a list of several GMH-related events and webinars happening around the time of WMHD-10 October Heere are three examples:

--October 10 2022: Online Launch of The Lancet Commission on Ending Stigma and Discrimination in Mental Health Report. Find out more here.

--October 10 2022: Generational Perspective Dialogue #GPD22, Awesome Mind Speaks

--October 13-14 2022: Global Mental Health Summit 2022
(the 4th, held this year in Rome)

Special issue of the Journal of Cross-Cultual Psychology (August 2022) focusing on the last 50 years--articles available for free download. TOC HERE

Recent GMH-Global Psychology Newsletters
--WHO Mental Health

--APA Division 52 International Psychology

--International Council of Psychologists
-GMH Action Network

Global Integrity Day, 9 June 2022--Integrity and Corruption in the Health Sector (The theme inlcudes mental health.)--"Moral health for a more whole world." Launched in 2020, Global Integrity Day is a positive day to reflect, teach, and collaborate on ways to integrate integrity in all we do throughout the entire year. It is a strategic day to promote a) cultivating lifestyles, cultures, and systems of integrity from the individual through the international levels; b) joining together to understand and address the causes and consequences of corruption in its many forms; and c) working towards just and equitable societies marked with wellbeing for all people and for the planet.

Behavioral Science in the Global Arena--Volume Two (2022). E. Congress, D. Meister S. Osborn, & H, Takooshian (Eds.). Information Age Publishing. Note that a longer version of capter one is available for free GMH: Collaborating for Sustainable Development and Wellbeing). O'Donnell, K., Eaton, J., & Lewis O'Donnell, M. Updated materials are also in the Special News-Featured Highlights section, GMH-Map website. Volume Three in this series is to also be published in early 2022.

17 June 2022--Special Launch Event (14:00 CET)--WHO World Mental Health Report Transforming Mental Health for All (20 years after the landmark 2001 WHO World Health Report. Mental Health: New Understanding, New Hope) View the new report HERE (Summary in six languages)

22 June 2022--GMH Action Network annual conference (online webinars)
Resources from 2021 (examples)
Note--See the
Featured Resources section (2011-2021)
--WHO Mental Health Forum Report (December 2021)
--WHO Mental Health Newsletter (16 December 2021)
--WHO Mental Health Atlas 2020 (October 2021)

--International Psychology (APA Division 52), Student Committee 2021 Summary

--Psychology Students at the United Nations (webinar)
Psychology Coalition at the UN, APA Div. 52 (28 .10.21)

--A Planetary State of Mind--MH and Climate webinar, NGO Committee on MH (11 November 2021)

--United for GMH 2021 Summary Report

--Planet SOS: The UN Climate Conference
Global Integration Update (November 2021)

--Mental Health and Wellbeing for All
Global Integration Update (October 2021)

--State of the World's Children. On My Mind: Promoting, protecting and caring for children’s mental health. (October 2021) UNICEF

--WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan, 2013-2030 (update and published 21 September 2021)

"The challenges-goals, as we see it, continue to center around...
the collaborative, equitable, scaled up, sustainable implementation of mental health
on behalf of wellbeing for all people and peoples, especially the most vulnerable/neglected. "

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. Sent monthly by Member Care Associates.

Recent examples:
Transfroming Mental Health for All (July 2022)
Moral Health for a More W hole World (June 2022)
Staring War in the Face (April 2022)
Thinking Critically about Sustainable Development (February 2022)
Peace on Earth–Sharing our Stories & Strategies (Jan 2022)

Global Humanitarian Overview 2022 (Dec 2021)

Planet SOS: The UN Climate Conference (Nov 2021)
Mental Health and Wellbeing for All (Oct 2021)

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)

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.

Moral Health
What does integrity have to do with wellbeing and sustainable development?
ntegrity is at the core of moral health. And moral health at all levels--like global integrity--
must be at the core of promoting and protecting wholeness for all people and the planet
There is no "planetary health" without moral health!

See the five "spotlight events" for you from Global Integrity Day--9 June 2022.
The focus this year on the "integrity and corruption in the health sector."

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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