GMH: A Resource Primer for Exploring the Domain). The purpose of both of these articles, similar to this web site, is to help people get a clearer sense of the GMH domain, and to meaningfully connect and contribute to it. You will note that any map designed to guide you through the GMH domain is still a work in progress---analogous to a 17th century map of the earth that is still not fully detailed or complete (as per the image to the left). To access the initial version: Global Mental Health: A Resource Map for Connecting and Contributing.
An additional GMH-Map article was published in the March 2012 issue of Psychology International. It provides examples of current, core materials in GMH, organised in terms of 10 "niche-net" areas. The article is three pages, includes an expanded definition of GMH, and concludes with some encouraging words for students and professionals alike to "stay the course" in GMH. To access this second article: GMH--Finding Your Niches and Networks.
Note: All three of these articles provide a fairly quick overview of many historical and current resources in GMH (reflecting some historical highlights as well ). In addition to their use by individuals, the articles are designed to be included as part of a mental health-related course and training curriculum in the health fields.
More on the GMH-Map Project
GMH-Map is being set up as an ongoing, collaborative project to research, organize, and share important GMH resources. The project is overseen by Member Care Associates Inc., a small non-profit organisation registered in the United States and working internationally in humanitarian psychology, personnel development for mission/aid workers, and global mental health (www.MemberCareAssociates.org).
GMH-Map has developed over the course of 2011. It currently includes three parts designed to further orient people to GMH.
1. Publications: See the articles described above. Additional goals: Include versions of the articles in text books and encourage colleagues to do periodic, brief articles with updated, core GMH resources.
2. Training: The initial presentation of the GMH Resource Map material occurred as a workshop at the World Mental Health Congress, organised by the World Federation for Mental Health in Cape Town October 2011. Additional goals: Present these materials in other training events such as plenaries, symposia, workshops, and online modules as well as see them increasingly included as part of academic courses in the health fields.
3. Web site: The GMH-Map web site went live in November 2011 although it has not been formally launched/publicised (as of February 2012). It lists key GMH resources along with perspectives and issues for further understanding this domain. Some of the initial categories of resources will include: advocacy and rights, conferences and events, issues and directions, organizations and networks, training and learning, updates and links, and regional and non-English languages. Additional goals: The site, like the overall project, is being set up as a collaborative effort. Thus other GMH-related organisations will be invited to endorse and lnk to it and to actively contribute content.
Other posible areas:
Setting up GMH net-hubs in different locations.
Click here for a one-page proposal with ideas for setting up informal GMH affiliations.
The initial focus is in Geneva but is is also applicable to other settings internationally.