The Movement emerged from a 2007 Lancet series on global mental health, which concluded with a Call for Action. The  Call promoted scaling up treatments for mental disorders, protecting the human rights of those affected, and increasing research in low- and middle-income countries. 

The Movement has organized two Global Mental Health Summits, both of which were hosted by the World Federation for Mental Health. The first MGMH summit was held in Athens, Greece in September 2009 and the second one in Cape Town, South Africa in October 2011.The Movement has also followed up on the original call by publishing research on global mental health in a second 2011 Lancet series.

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