We contribute to achieving our goal by leading global communications campaigns, supporting those working at a national level to educate the public and encouraging their governments to invest in public mental health education. We convene the world’s leading experts to exchange knowledge, evidence and ideas, and work with businesses to educate their workforces and customers. We believe the advancement of mental health will be achieved through honest discussions involving a wide range of stakeholders, especially people with lived experience, and the free flowing of information and learning.
Our work includes
At United for Global Mental Health we work with mental health advocacy and service delivery organisations from 19 high-, middle- and low-income countries to create joint campaigns, share learning and build capacity to achieve change. Championing the voices of people with lived experience, all the organisations involved are committed to securing meaningful and urgent action from their governments, demanding they reform mental health policies and increase investment in quality mental health services and support.
Since the launch of the Speak Your Mind campaign, hundreds of people from 19 countries around the world have come together pledging to secure meaningful and urgent action from their governments, demanding they invest in our mental health. Together, we pledge to hold health professionals, across all disciplines, accountable and responsible for ensuring their patients get the mental health care they need.
Every year World Mental Health Day brings together key stakeholders to highlight the importance of mental health. Since UnitedGMH was founded we have made it a priority to increase the profile of World Mental Health Day: creating a unified moment for as many people as possible to campaign together; and persuading leaders - in every field - to mark mental health day and pledge to take action. Our aim has been to use the day to highlight the issue of mental health and what more is needed to advance good mental health for all. We have developed exciting and engaging campaign activations for everyone around the world to join in for World Mental Health Day in 2018, 2019 and 2020; we are currently planning for 2021. In 2020 we encouraged people around the world to move together to demonstrate the demand for greater investment from governments, businesses, and funders, with a fully virtual campaign that brought together a range of stakeholders.
The Lancet Psychiatry, Mental Health Innovation Network, MHPSS.net and United for Global Mental Health organise a series of weekly webinars designed to provide policy makers and the wider health community with the latest evidence, research an innovations in Global Mental Health. The series has been running since April 2020, becoming a very successful global forum, attracting over 500 sign ups each week. We have run 33+ webinars with over 120 speakers from more than 45 countries. The audience tends to be a very diverse mix of mental health professionals, funders, bilateral governments, UN agencies, NGOs, private sector representatives, and academics and researchers - from all parts of the globe.
The webinars initially focused on mental health and COVID-19, but have since broadened out to a variety of topics related to Global Mental Health for example; mental health and UHC, mental health and the media, human rights and mental health, suicide legislation, LGBT+ mental health, all the while remaining cognisant of the pandemic.