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-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." (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.
GMH Week Geneva, 5-10 October 2015
(some of the events happening in Geneva in advance of World Mental Health Day,10 October)
Presentations: MH in Humanitarian Settings (5 Oct), MH in Priority Health Programmes (6 Oct)
7 October: Mental Health and NCDs--The UN 2030 Agenda (NGO Forum for Health)
8-9 October: mhGAP Forum (World Health Organization)
GMH: Tracking and Trekking Across Sectors, Kelly and Michele O'Donnell
Short version--Psychology International, June 2015
Full version--Click here (10 pages)
Power point--GMH: Tracking and Trekking Across Sectors
(William James College, Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health, USA, 26 June 2015)
United Nations Sustainable Development Process
(1 August 2015)
(June 2015, unedited version)
(Synthesis Report, World Humanitarian Summit., September 2015)
Global Integration Updates
Faith-Based Partners in Transformation (Member Care Associates, August 2015). This GI Update focuses on the transformational and partnership role of the faith-based sector. It includes recent materials on faith-based health care from The Lancet, Pope Francis on the environment (Laudauto Si’), and books and articles...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.
Transforming Our World (Member Care Associates, October 2015). This GI Update features the United Nations new sustainable development agenda...We believe the materials (videos and documents) will inspire and inform you, and point to relevant ways for greater involvement in our globalizing world. We also include a variety of new materials primarily from the humanitarian sector and the global mental health domain.
(many more materials are in the Featured Items section)
Overviews, News, and Views
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
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
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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