What a year it's been for Global Mental Health
Thanks to your support, it's been a fantastic year for the Mental Health Innovation Network and the Global Mental Health community. Here are some of the highlights:
Top website and 1000 members
In November, mhinnovation.net was ranked one of the most visited mental health websites globally.* You also helped us reach 1000 members in July. The Network now has nearly 1,500 members from practitioners and researchers, to service users, policy makers and donors.
Promoted at the mhGAP forum
MHIN's Shamaila and Georgia were inspired by the issues discussed at the mhGAP forum. This year's forum in Geneva focussed on collaborations between researchers and decision-makers. The mhGAP resource aims to facilitate scale up care for mental, neurological, and substance use disorders especially in low resource settings.
New policy and communication toolkits
Policy influence toolkit
Got a successful innovation that needs to be scaled up? Use these 4 tools to develop your policy influence plan.
Get insider tips for communicating your idea on a budget with the 6 tools featured in the toolkit.
First successful site visit to Zimbabwe's Friendship Bench!
In December 2015, we visited our The Friendship Bench project in Zimbabwe. This is the first of three site visits the Mental Health Innovation Network core team will do between 2015 - 2016.
You contributed to our blog series
Our call for World Mental Health Day blogs answering the question "what is dignity in mental health?" saw a fantastic response from you.
Mental health: The missing piece in maternal health
We partnered with the Maternal Health Task Force to bring you a series on this important issue.
The global mental health community achieved huge milestones in 2015:
Mental health included in the SDGs
A huge congratulations to everyone who got behind the FundaMentalSDG campaign this year. Your efforts meant targets for mental health were included in the Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals.
Is the tide finally changing for the neglected field of mental health? Will the momentum from the #equality4mentalhealth campaign in the UK spread to other nations? Perhaps we need to play our part to make it happen!
Al Jazeera features global mental health
A new Al Jazeera feature with MHIN Strategic Adviser Dr Vikram Patel showed what it takes to get people to bring mental health out of the shadows and get people to care. The film highlighted three pioneering community based programmes for treating mental illness.
We look forward to working with you in 2016.
* Ranking based on the estimated percentage of the daily global internet audience that visited the site. Data collected by Alexa Traffic Rank, www.alexa.com.
Star icon credit: Alexander Smith from The Noun Project
Maternal mental health image: © 2014 Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images, used under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license