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Global Mental Health Interest Group

Moderator:  Mark J. Sedler, MD MPH

Stony Brook University

NEJM: Mental Health and the Global Agenda

July 4, 2013, Drs. Anne Becker and Arthur Kleinman published an important call for action in the NEJM.  It addresses the global burden of mental disease, the need for closing gaps in treatment, building clinical capacity, developing new models of treatment, creating a focused and relevant research agenda, and overcoming barriers to equitable care.

NIMH has sponsored various initiatives in Global Mental Health

Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health

NIMH Collaborative Hubs for Global Mental Health Research

Funding Opportunities

World Health Organization: Mental Health

The WHO homepage for mental health indexes several valuable resources:

LANCET: Global Mental Health.

LANCET has published two important series of articles on global mental health in 2007 and 2011.  In addition, there is a 1-year follow paper published October 11, 2008, Vol. 372.

Archives of World Psychiatry

“World Psychiatry” is the journal of the World Psychiatric Association and contains many articles of interest that may be accessed from the following archives:

APA FOCUS.  Psychiatry and Society: Global Mental Health.  Vol. 13(4), Fall 2015.

The American Psychiatric Association’s Journal of Life Long Learning—FOCUS—published an issue dedicated to global mental  health, edited by Prof. Javier Escobar. Several of these papers were presented during a panel session on mental health at the CUGH 2014 annual meeting.

Abstracts may be viewed here: 

PLoS Medicine is an Open Access journal that includes an important series of papers entitled “Packages of Care for…..”  Of greatest relevance to global mental health are the following:

Packages of Care for Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use Disorders in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.  October 2009, 6(10)

Packages of Care for Schizophrenia in Low-and Middle-Income Countries.  October 2009 6(10)

Packages of Care for Depression in Low-and Middle-Income Countries. October 2009 6(10)

Packages of Care for Alcohol Use Disorders in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. October 2009, 6(10)

Packages of Care for Dementia in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.  November 2009, 6(11)

Grand Challenges:  Integrating Mental Health Services into Priority Health Care Platforms. May 2013, 10(5)

Global Mental Health and Development: Special Issue, Prof. Harry Minas (ed.)

International Journal of Mental Health Systems has published a valuable series of papers on global mental health.

Movement for Global Mental Health

The Movement for Global Mental Health is a network of individuals and organizations that aim to improve services for people living with mental health problems and psychosocial disabilities worldwide, especially in low- and middle-income countries where effective services are often scarce. Two principles are fundamental to the Movement: scientific evidence and human rights.

The Movement for Global Mental Health sponsors the MGMH Journal (Cambridge U. Press)

University Programs in Global Mental Health

Below are listed links to several of the more prominent University programs in global mental health.  This is a provisional list and should be expanded through additional input.


Essentials of Global Mental Health.   By Samuel O. Okpaku

Global Mental Health: Principles and Practice.  Edited: V. Patel, H. Minas, A., Cohen, & M. Prince

Guidebook to Psychology and Mental Health Careers in Public Service.   Expert Contributor: Michelene M. Wasil