Global Mental Health

Global Mental Health-Map (GMH-Map)
A Global Map for a Global Movement

GMH-Map is an ongoing, collaborative project to research, organize, and share important GMH resources. The project seeks to further orient those involved in the health fields and other sectors to the GMH domain. It includes three parts: a website, publications, and training. See definition of GMH at the end. For GMH updates see the GMH-Map website ( See especially the links for GMH organizations/newsletters.

GMH touring the terrain via analagous 17th century map1. GMH-Map. This site lists key resources for Global Mental Health (GMH) in order to better understand and navigate the GMH domain and find relevant ways for connecting and contributing. It is also very pertinent for member care and for the largely undeveloped area of “mental health as mission.”

See also;
Wellbeing for All: Global Mental Health and the Church-Mission Community
(webinar 29 November 2018, Lausanne Movement’s Global Mental Health and Trauma Network; watch the webinar HERE-available 1 March 2019)
–Global Mental Health as Mission–Overview and Opportunities: Member Care Update, April 2016.

2. Publications (2011-current)
Click HERE for the pdf summary/links for all of our GMH overview articles.

**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 5Global 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. Mental Health and the NCD Alliance Campaign Priorities for the 2018 United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs (July 2018, co-authored with Julian Eaton, Lucy Westerman, and Fiona Adshead, Enough CampaignNCD Alliance). 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. (overview)

**Article 10.  GMH: What’s Up? Recent Developments and Directions (co-authored with Julian Eaton). 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 a short version published by 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). 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.
3. Training
Some examples of the presentations we have done in graduate schools, special events, and online are below. See also the presentations in the Global Integration section (GI Seminars)

Wellbeing for All: Global Mental Health–Developments and Directions
Kelly’s presentation 7 October 2020, Argentina Mental Health Association Conference

Wellbeing for All: GMH Developments and Directions, Payap University, Thailand,
(7 February 2020) Kelly O’Donnell, powerpoint

The Trauma Pandemic: A Global Lens for Global Action
and Partnering as Faith-Based People and Organizations
Michele and Kelly O’Donnell, presentations and handout, International Trauma Collaborative, USA (6 April 2019)

Health for Peace: Contributions from Peace Psychology 
Geneva Peace Week 2018: Building Peace in  a Turbulent World
Kelly O’Donnell, Video 7 November 2018, UN Geneva

Global Integration and Global Integrity: Applications for Mental Health Professionals  Graduate School of Clinical Psychology, George Fox University (presentation 23 March 2017)

Sustainable Global Mental Health Development, power point presentation, World Mental Health Day Event, 5 October 2016, Ecuemenical Centre, Geneva

GMH: Tracking and Trekking Across Sectors; powerpoint by Kelly and Michele O’Donnell, William James College, Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health, USA, (inaugural conference, 26 June 2015)

GMH: Staying Updated-Crossing Sectors, Spring Conversation Series, O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University. 6 May 2014

GMH and NGOs: Working Together Well! Short version of power point-plenary session, Kelly O’Donnell, HimalPartner GMH Seminar, Oslo, 7 March 2014

GMH: A Resource Map for Connecting and Contributing Keynote/power point presentation at the Nordic WHO Simulation Conference, Copenhagen, 7 August 2013–a GMH overview including six short video links; click here for the handouts

GMH Net-Hubs
Click HERE to see the one-page caoncept note for developing GMH Net-Hubs

Keep in the forefront the opportunities for “selfless moral struggle” in partnering with others (Patel et al. 2011, p. 90) and the “duty and choice to risk one’s owns rights and well-being” on behalf of fellow humans (O’Donnell, 2011, p. 187). Develop your personal character and professional competence as a responsible global citizen. Form a global caravan for your GMH journey in the service of humanity. (Adapted from GMH: A Resource Primer for Exploring the Domain, 2012)

Global Mental Health (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) especially for vulnerable populations (e.g., in settings of poverty, conflict, calamity, and trauma) and in low- and middle-income countries; 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.” (original definition was 2012, updated 2017 in GMH: Collaborating Across Sectors for Sustainable Development and Wellbeing)

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