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Global Mental Health Action Network

What is it?

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.

What does it do?

The network works collectively to accelerate political and financial support for global mental health through joint communications and advocacy projects. The network coordinates members by sharing learnings through monthly calls, newsletters and biannual gatherings. 

Share information and facilitate collaboration

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

Work 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.

Membership is open, and projects are agreed and progressed collaboratively, toward joint targets based on the WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Why does it do it?

Together, 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 Global Mental Health Action Network aims to accelerate political and financial support for global mental health through joint advocacy. Previous successes include the integration of mental health into the UHC HLM statement and the Global Fund.

Communications - the Global Mental Health Action Network aims to increase the impact of the mental health sector through joint communications and messaging. This was seen at Davos, the United Nations General Assembly and World Mental Health Day, where members were unified with their message to global leaders - that 2020 is the #TimeToInvest.

Working Groups - the Global Mental Health Action Network has working groups for more focused collaboration and advocacy on Youth and Child Mental Health and Mental Health Financing. The network will soon be launching working groups on Mental Health Research and Communications.