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 includes three parts designed to further orient people to GMH: Publications, Training, and a Website (https://sites.google.com/site/gmhmap). See the list of publications/links below (2011--current).
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.
Notes: All of the articles below 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, development, peace/security, etc. sectors. GMH is a core part of the "global integration" framework which guides our collaborative, cross-sectoral work.
**Article 1. Global Mental Health: A Resource Map for Connecting and Contributing (Psychology International, July 2011). This brief article provides a 60 minute overview of GMH via links to 10 written/multimedia resources on the web. It’s a great way to quickly see the big picture.
**Article 2. Global Mental Health: Finding Your Niches and Networks (Psychology International, March 2012). This brief article builds upon the first article. It identifies 10 overlapping areas of GMH (niche-nets) with links to current web resources for each area.
**Article 3. Global Mental Health: A Resource Primer for Exploring the Domain (International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, July 2012). This is a major research article with an extensive listing of GMH resources, prioritizing those from the last 10 years. The resources are categorized into six areas: organizations, publications, conferences, training, human rights, and humanitarian. It is also foundational for the previous two articles as well as the new web site, GMH-Map—part of a collaborative project to identify and share GMH resources widely.
**Article 4. Exploring Global Mental Health: A Global Map for a Global Movement. In K. O’Donnell (Ed). (2013). Global member care (vol. 2): Crossing sectors for serving humanity (pp. 229-244). Pasadena ,CA: WIlliam Carey Library.
**Article 5. Global Mental Health: Strategies for Staying Updated (Psychology International, March 2014)–Click here for the full version of the article. This brief article 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.
**Article 6. Global Mental Health: Tracking and Trekking Across Sectors (Psychology International, June 2015).”Mental health colleagues continue to play key roles in leveraging their skills, interests and character strengths as they connect and contribute across sectors on behalf of the well-being of people and our planet. The article is organized into two main sections: Context resources (six representative reports on global issues) and core resources (six representative lists of GMH materials). Collectively, the resources are designed to help you “track” (stay current) and “trek” (collaborate together) with GMH, especially in view of the major efforts underway to promote comprehensive sustainable development.”
**Article 7. Global Mental Health: Sharing and Synthesizing Knowledge for Sustainable Development (Global Mental Health, September, 2016). "Global mental health (GMH) is a growing domain with an increasing capacity to positively impact the world community’s efforts for sustainable development and wellbeing. Sharing and synthesizing GMH and multi-sectoral knowledge, the focus of this paper, is an important way to support these global efforts. This paper consolidates some of the most recent and relevant ‘context resources’ [global multi-sector (GMS) materials, emphasizing world reports on major issues] and ‘core resources’ (GMH materials, including newsletters, texts, conferences, training, etc.). In addition to offering a guided index of materials, it presents an orientation framework (global integration) to help make important information as accessible and useful as possible. Mental health colleagues are encouraged to stay current in GMH and global issues, to engage in the emerging agendas for sustainable development and wellbeing, and to intentionally connect and contribute across sectors. Colleagues in all sectors are encouraged to do likewise, and to take advantage of the wealth of shared and synthesized knowledge in the GMH domain, such as the materials featured in this paper." (Abstract)
**Article 8. GMH: Collaborating Across Sectors for Sustainable Development and Wellbeing (co-authored with Julian Eaton). Mental Health: A Forgotten Facet of Health Care (special theme-issue), Medicus Mundi Switzerland, Bulletin 141 (29 June 2017). "This article orients colleagues across sectors to Global Mental Health (GMH) and its relevance for the collective efforts to promote sustainable development and wellbeing. The authors include examples of GMH resources organized into 10 areas of “GMH Engagement”. Colleagues are encouraged to connect and contribute to GMH as they consider the application of the materials featured in this article for their work." (Abstract)
**Article 9. Linking Mental Health and NCD Alliance Campaign Priorities for the 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs (co-authored with Julian Eaton, Lucy Westerman, and Fiona Adshead). Enough Campaign, NCD Alliance (June 2018). Mental health conditions are one of the major groups of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and have crucial relevance in the efforts to control and prevent NCDs. They have close links to cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes, respiratory and other NCDs. By considering mental ill health and other NCDs together, we can improve the lives of people affected by NCDs worldwide, and guide advocacy at global, regional and national level for strong commitments at the September 2018 UN High Level Meeting on NCDs.
**Article 10. GMH: What's Up? Recent Developments and Directions (co-authored with Julian Eaton and Michele Lewis O'Donnell). Global Insights, Office of International Affairs, American Psychological Association (June 2019). Are we shifting into a new phase of global mental health (GMH)? Very likely. In this short article we highlight several recent markers over the past year (events, reports, manuals, campaigns, consortia, etc.) that collectively reflect crucial developments and directions as well as increased momentum for GMH. It is the latest in an ongoing series of articles to orient colleagues in mental health and across sectors to GMH. We sense that GMH Generation 2.0 is upon us--as seen in the major growing awareness, acceptance, advocacy, collaboration, action, and hopefully increased funding for mental health (e.g., national health budgets, the Wellcome Trust’s additional £200 million for mental health research). Note: The article linked at the top is for a short version for APA. Click HERE for the full version. Click HERE for the overview version.
**Article 11. No Turning Back for the World Community. The International Conference on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Crisis Situations. Global Insights, Office of International Affairs, American Psychological Association, January 2020). The KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam was the historic venue for the Second Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit (7-8 October 2019). In the spotlight were on the estimated 130+ million people currently in need of humanitarian assistance, the overlapping 70+ million people currently who have been forcefully displaced through protracted conflicts and calamities, and the millions of local/national staff and international staff working diligently to help. A central place in the Conference was given to hear the remarkable stories of several people who have lived through the horrific hardships of wars and disasters, and who have found the resilience and support which helped them to survive and in turn help other people. Other major emphases were the 10 Breakout Sessions in which participants could discuss topics summarized in the Conference’s Background Document and Recommendations (e.g., Scaling up MHPSS, Workforce development, Research and innovation, Children, adolescents, and families; Staff support); and many country and organizational examples of implementing MHPSS.
**Article 12 (Resource Update). Staying Sane during COVID-19: Mental health resources for ourselves, others, and the world. Global Integration Update (May 2020). Oriented for colleagues across sectors and around the world. "Many of the resources deal with anxiety, depression, confinement, loss, grief, relationship strains, coping for children, work insecurities, spiritual struggles, etc. Some are especially oriented for counselors and therapists and others relate stories and examples of the care being offered around the world. We also want to emphasize that for hundreds of millions of people, the issue is not only COVID-19 but frankly ongoing survival--managing daily life in settings inundated with multi-dimensional poverty, protracted violence, human rights violations, and gross inequalities."
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." (based on Global Mental Health: 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)