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Global Mental Health Action Network

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.


What does it do?

The Network works collectively to accelerate political and financial support for global mental health through joint communications, advocacy projects, and thought leadership. The network coordinates members by sharing learnings through calls, newsletters and annual meetings. The Network convenes working groups on youth and child mental health, financing for mental health, communications and research. The Network coordinates members around global moments.


We share news on global mental health activities, events and opportunities for collaboration: there is a newsletter; a LinkedIn group; and regular calls and webinars.



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.

Why does it do it?

We believe we can progress the understanding and support for mental health globally, so that  everyone, everywhere has someone to turn to when their mental health needs support.

Key priorities

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.


How can you get involved?

To receive updates and opportunities for engagement, you can join the Network here, or become a member of the LinkedIn GroupYou can also find the Network Newsletters for updates, and contact for further information.

How is the Network run?

The Network is guided by its Terms of Reference. The strategic direction of the network is provided by the Network advisory board, a part selected and part elected board who represent the entire Network membership. United for Global Mental Health provides the secretariat for the network and assists members to coordinate, share information and collaborate with one another successfully. The secretariat runs regular surveys and opportunities for members to provide feedback. 

Latest News

The Global Mental Health Action Network at the United Nations General Assembly

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.

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