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.
Website: Global Mental Health-Map. This site lists key resources for Global Mental Health (GMH) in order to:help us to better understand and navigate the GMH domain and find relevant ways for connecting and contributing. It is also very relevant for member care an for the largely undeveloped area of “mental health as mission.”. The site is part of an ongoing collaborative project to research, compile, and share GMH materials. We welcome your contributions and suggestions in order to make GMH-Map as useful as possible! Be sure to see our brief overview articles that are linked on the site that list key resources in GMH (Psychology International, July 2011, March 2012, March 2014, and June 2015). Click HERE to access the one page summary/links for all seven GMH overview articles (2011-2016).
**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)
Note: See also the presentations in the Global Integration section (GI Seminars)
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: 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: Staying Updated-Crossing Sectors, Spring Conversation Series, O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University. 6 May 2013,
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)
Here are some brief proposals for developing Net-Hubs (global caravans for GMH):
Global mental health (GMH): “GMH is an international, interdisciplinary, 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) [2016 note: updated definition includes prioritizing MH for vulnerable populations such as those exposed to conficts, calamities, the poor, low- middle- income countries, etc.]