GMH-Map, set up in 2011, is a 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 global mental health, and anti-corruption GMH is a core part of the "global integration" framework which guides our collaborative, cross-sectoral work.(www.MemberCareAssociates.org).
GMH-Map currently includes three parts designed to further orient people to GMH: Publications, Training, and a Website (https://sites.google.com/site/gmhmap).
The initial GMH-Map article was published in the July 2011 issue of Psychology International (Office of International Affairs, American Psychology Association)--Global Mental Health: A Resource Map for Connecting and Contributing. This three-page article is a summary of the longer research article that includes an extensive compilation of resources, published July 2012 in International Perspoectives in Psycholgy: Research, Practice, Consutation (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.
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.
The next GMH article, GMH: Strategies for Staying Updated, was published in Psychology International, March 2014 (Vol. 25, No. 1) It identifies seven "GMH flows” that are important for getting updated and staying updated in GMH. It also includes relevant updates from other sectors–health, humanitarian, development, economic. You can also access the the full version of the article on the GMH-Map website or on the MGMH website. An additional GMH orientation article was published in November 2013 in Global Member Care (volume 2): Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity (chapter 21, "Exploring global mental health; A global map for a global movement").
The latest GMH overview article is GMH: Tracking and Trekking Across Sectors (Psychology International, June 2015). It featrures Context Resources (e.g., six global reports on areas such as development, disasters, peacebuilding) and Core Resources (e.g., six categories of resources such as newsletters, training, texts). One of the main messages is that doing GMH well requires us to become increasingly conversant (connecting and contributing) with other sectors, including the UN--the context is also the core. You can access this article along with the full 10 page version and a powerpoint presentaion in the GMH Track-Trek section of the GMH-Map website.
Notes: All six of these articles above 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, humanitarian, and development fields. GMH is a core part of the "global integration" framework which guides our collaborative, cross-sectoral work.
How we define GMH:
"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." (GMH--Finding Your Niches and Networks, 2012).
Endorsers of the GMH-Map website:
Member Care Associates, Inc.
NGO Forum for Health (Geneva)
Movement for Global Mental Health
World Federation for Mental Health
Centre for Global Mental Health (London)