Members of The Global Mental Health Action Network are united in a shared 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, these are some of our highlights from our work.
Network Meeting 2021
The Network held its second virtual members meeting in June 20201, with a series of panel events and workshops held over two days. The meeting included events hosted by the working groups, Network Secretariat and Network members. Throughout the week of the Network meetings, a series of blogs were published from members including: the American Museum of Natural History; Batyr; SDG2030 and Mariwala Health Initiative.
World Health Assembly 2021
Ahead of the 74th World Health Assembly, Network members shared their views on what they wanted to see at the meeting. The Network Secretariat produced a briefing to explain the opportunities to engage with the meeting, a communications toolkit and a guide for advocates on the updated WHO Comprehensive Action Plan. The Network Financing working group produced a statement to the World Health Assembly.
Advocating for mental health financing at the Spring meetings
For the 2021 meetings the Network Secretariat produced a briefing to explain the opportunity at hand, as well as encouraging members to engage with this global moment. This briefing worked with a policy paper making the case for governments, and specifically finance ministries, to invest in mental health, as well as a guide for advocating to Ministries to invest in Mental Health produced by the financing working group.
World Mental Health Day 2020
Network Biannual Meeting September/October 2020
The Network held its first virtual members meeting with a series of events and engagements over five weeks. The meeting included panel events and workshops hosted by the working groups and Network Secretariat.
As the majority of the world began to shut down with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Network continued to support members. A library of COVID-19 and mental health resources were compiled for members, with resources from the UN, WHO and Network members. In addition to this, the Network supported a weekly webinar series led by Lancet Psychiatry and United for Global Mental Health.
In January 2020 the Network focused its attention on advocating for mental health investment at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, creating a communications toolkit for members to advocate on social media, and a policy brief on the state of Global Mental Health which was circulated at the meeting.