GMH Track/Trek

Tracking and Trekking with GMH

Kelly and Michele O’Donnell, GMH-Map
Note: See the article GMH: Tracking and Trekking Across Sectors
(organized into Context Resources and Core Resources)
Short version--Psychology International (June 2015, pp. 16-19)
Full version--Click here (10 pages)

Global mental health (GMH) continues to develop and expand around the world. The materials listed below (eight categories) are organised to help you “track” with GMH (staying current with materials) and “trek” with GMH (collaborating together with colleagues). Collectively, they reflect how GMH is being both shaped/supported and debated/developed in the effort to promote quality mental health care for all people, human wellbeing, and sustainable development. The newest category of materials on the GMH-Map website is featured  below—the eighth category, “GMH gatherings” with an emphasis on training.

Note: for a recent update on core GMH resources along with "contextual resources" across sectors, see:

 **GMH newsletters (free online and usually archived on organisations’ websites)

 **GMH websites (click here)

 **GMH edited books and special journal issues (click here)

 **GMH training programmes (masters degrees, certificates)

 **GMH orientation/overview materials (five core articles and the WHO MH Action Plan)

**GMH criticisms (see point four in the Perspectives section of this site; e.g., GMH and its Discontents (2012), Decolonising GMH, (2014), etc.)

 **GMH areas TBD:

Here are a few of the many categories of resources within the GMH domain that can be further organized. Many items could also be helpfully organized by region and language. Note that an extensive listing of GMH materials was published in the July 2012 issue of International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation (click here to access the article--Global Mental Health: A Resource Primer for Exploring the Domain).

--GMH core materials in various languages

--GMH collaborating centres and  communities/networks

--GMH practice guidelines (WHO publications, etc.)

--GMH-related films, videos, TEDTalks (e.g., Hidden Pictures,  WHO MH Media Centre)

--Open source GMH-related training


**GMH gatherings (conferences/events): 2013-current

Here is a list of many of the GMH-related gatherings from 2013-current. These gatherings have helped colleagues share research activities and resources, discuss issues together, as well as form closer relationships (the latter though may not necessarily happen unless interactive and social times are intentionally built into conference programs). Many of the presentations and other materials from these gatherings are available online. Hence even though one is not able to attend, it is still possible to “participate” and benefit via the materials that are available (e.g., powerpoints/videos of the presentations, papers, and summary reports).

One suggestion for making the most of these gatherings is to meet together with colleagues in your area periodically to review and discuss some of the materials. Examples would be reading the summary report and then watching a few of the videos/powerpoints such as from the 2013 Third MGMH Summit, the Gulbenkian Foundation’s 2013 Innovations in GMH Forum, the Centre for GMH’s 2013 GMH Forum, or the 2014 NIMN/Grand Challenges Canada’s Solving the Grand Challenges in GMH Workshop.  Going one step further: why not set up an informal “net-hub” in your area/setting  in order meet periodically for mutual learning and support, and thus further developing GMH.  For a few thoughts on GMH nets/hubs,
click here.


There are many other gatherings that overlap with and include GMH topics that could be added to the list below, including for example at the international presentations at the annual Convention of the American Psychological Association and at other psychology-related gatherings around the world (see the list at: It would also be helpful to list other major gatherings/events prior to 2013, including links to presentations/materials, starting perhaps with the launch of the mhGAP Programme in 2008.

GMH-Map is a collaborative project to compile and share important resources for Global Mental Health (GMH). Through publications, training, and a website, the project helps to provide a "global map for a global movement" to navigate the GMH domain better and find relevant ways for connecting and contributing. The project is part of the growing GMH  efforts to work inter-sectorally in promoting quality mental health care for all people, human wellbeing, and sustainable development. GMH-Map was set up in 2011 and is overseen by Dr. Kelly O’Donnell with Member Care Associates Inc., a non-profit organisation registered in the United States and based near Geneva.

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