Our mission is to close the treatment gap for people living with mental, neurological and substance use disorders in low resource settings
The vision of the Centre is to foster research and capacity building in policy, prevention, treatment and care with the ultimate objective of closing the treatment gap for people living with mental, neurological and substance use disorders.
While access to affordable, effective treatment is a problem in all world regions, the focus of the Centre’s work is on poorer countries, where health systems are greatly under-resourced, and populations particularly under-served. This was the call to action of the landmark 2007 Lancet Series on Global Mental Health and is the goal of the Movement for Global Mental Health.
The Centre was launched in October 9th 2009. It is jointly led by co-Directors Professors Vikram Patel and Martin Prince and Deputy Directors Dr Mary De Silva and Dr Melanie Abas. It comprises academic staff and PhD students from both institutions and aims to build on the existing collaborations and complementary strengths of these two institutions to foster research and training in policy, prevention, treatment and care.