The Global Mental Health Action Network
The Global Mental Health Action Network is an open community of mental health professionals who share a mission to protect the right to good mental health and work together to advocate to improve political and financial support for mental health across the world. With over 1,000 engaged members from 90 countries, the membership consists of academia, governments, UN agencies, the private sector, and civil society. It is the largest global mental health network of its kind in the world.
WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN
We convene and run working groups; we organise joint events; we come together around key global moments to advocate for change. Through our advocacy, communications, working groups and sharing learnings, we work to improve support of mental health globally.
Advocacy - the Network aims to accelerate political and financial support for global mental health through joint advocacy.
Communications - the Network aims to increase the impact of the mental health sector through joint communications and messaging.
Working Groups - the Network has working groups for more focused collaboration and advocacy on Youth and Child Mental Health, Mental Health Financing, Mental Health Research and Communications.
Sharing Learning - the Network amplifies the work of its members and promotes opportunities for collaboration between members.
The Global Mental Health Action Network has been working to ensure mental health takes a leading role on the global stage.
The Global Mental Health Advocacy Roadmap 2020-2021 is the product of the Global Mental Health Action Network in conjunction with the Office of the UN Secretary General, the WHO, UNICEF, Wellcome and a host of mental health champions across civil society, governments, international organisations and trusts and foundations.
Members of the Global Mental Health Action Network's Financing Working Group authored an op-ed on Devex, highlighting the critical need for financing on mental health.
The Financing Working Group has developed a briefing on mental health and the role of Finance Ministries, highlighting their power to address mental health needs by promoting a cross-societal solution, generating prosperity and helping end the COVID-19 pandemic.
To coincide with the 75th session of the U.N. General Assembly, The Global Mental Health Action Network, together with Devex, hosted a virtual event to convene a panel of experts to raise the profile of mental health issues and connect them to overall progress on the SDGs. The event also explored opportunities for the Global mental Health Action Network to further accelerate progress on the issue through increased collaboration and advocacy.
In response to COVID-19, the Global Mental Health Action Network supported with the launch of a new webinar series, covering a range of critical issues in the mental health field.
- World Mental Health Day 2020: the Global Mental Health Action Network created a communications toolkit, an events calendar and hosted an event with Devex entitled ‘Delivering Mental Health care for all: Why investment now is crucial.’
- United Nations General Assembly 2020: the Network produced a policy briefing and hosted a side event with Devex entitled ‘Achieving the SDGs: Delivering Mental Health for All’
- Produced a guide to communicating about mental health
- COVID-19 response: created a library of resources on COVID-19 and mental health and supported a weekly webinar series led by Lancet Psychiatry and United for Global Mental Health
- Davos 2020: the Network produced a communications toolkit, and policy brief.
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