World Health Organization’s  first-ever Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge event being held on Sunday 20 May in Geneva, on the eve of the World Health Assembly, and to mark the Organization’s 70th anniversary.


If you are keen to join in, but haven’t registered, please do so at: http://www.who.int/walk-the-talk


You can move in any way you like – walk, jog, run, dance, use your wheelchair. Bring your friends and family. The event is free-of-charge and open to people of all ages. 


International and local Geneva is coming together for this event: Swiss and Geneva City and Canton authorities, permanent missions of multiple countries, United Nations agencies, civil society organizations and more are mobilizing. Special guests from the fields of sports, politics, academia and health advocacy will be joining.


The event is scheduled to start with warm-ups, music and other activities at 9.30am-9.45am at Place des Nations before the participants start off on the route at 11am. Activities will be held over five thematic locations, promoting WHO’s main priorities, at Place des Nations, WHO, Jardin Botanique, Villa Barton and Bains des Pâquis, with the event wrapping up around 1pm. 


Also attached is the official event poster. Feel free to print, post on your wall and share. 


For more information, please contact walkthetalk@who.int

This special consultation provides an opportunity to exchange updates and ideas about the WHO Action Plans for Mental Health and for NCDs. The presentations will stimulate our interaction together as we consider how we can concretely and collaboratively implement these two Action Plans in light of the UN Post 2015 Agenda.


Dr. Gabriel Ivbijaro: President Elect, World Federation for Mental Health

Dr. Elizabeth Carll: Chair, WG on Global Mental Health & NCDs, UN NGO Committee on Mental Health, New York; UN Rep. ICW

Dr. Dan Chisholm:  Health Systems Advisor, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization


Moderator: Dr. Kelly O’Donnell, Consulting Psychologist, Member Care Associates, Inc.

Event Organizer: Ann Lindsay, Chair, Mental Health and Psychosocial Working Group, NGO Forum for Health

Weds. 7 October, 13:15-16:00


            Space is limited. Please confirm your participation at: ann.lindsay@bnc.ox.ac.uk


Global Mental Health Week—Geneva (3-10 October 2013)


Connecting and Contributing via a Strategic Week of Events


3-4 October: Webster University’s Psychology/Counselling Conference--Ties that Heal (existential, interpersonal, neurobiological pathways to healing)

3-4 October: Geneva colleagues will be joining with many others from around the world for the International Forum on Innovation in Mental Health, Lisbon (this is the first technical meeting of the Gulbenkian GMH Platform)

7 October: mhGAP Forum (focusing on the implementation of the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020

8 October: 8 October: Working Consultation—Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Low Resource Countries (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, NGO Forum for Health, USAID Victims of Torture Fund, WHO Collaborating Center on Mental Health of the University of Geneva—Department of Psychiatry)


10 October: Hidden Pictures part of the worldwide film screening and World Mental Health Day (Webster University, co-organised with the NGO Forum for Health; click here for the poster/information on the Webster University screening; note that the theme this year for WMHD is Mental Health and Older Adults; click here to see the list of previous WMHD themes since the first one in 1992)


uploaded by:

Kelly O'Donnell

NGO Forum for Health



New Responses to a Challenge for Governments, UN Agencies and Civil Society

6-8 June 2013 Geneva, in/around the Centre International de Conférences Genève

Click here to view the program


This is a free event sponsored by UNITAR, EMDR-Europe and the NGO Forum for Health.

Just Posted:


EMDR with Survivors of Mass Disaster and the WHO Global Mental Health-Action Plan

[Special side event on the occasion of the 66th World Health Assembly

Tuesday 21 May 2013, 12:00-13:30; United Nations Geneva—NGO Resource and Service Centre]



New Responses to a Challenge for Governments, UN Agencies and Civil Society

6-8 June 2013 Geneva, in/around the Centre International de Conférences Genève


Note: EMDR was recently recommended by WHO as a new treatment option for trauma, in addition to cognitive behaviour therapy.

22 January 2013


Dear GMH colleagues,


I was at the WHO Executive Board meetings today and want to report that there was tremendous support for the GMH Action Plan 2013-2020, discussed this morning for about 90 minutes. There were no major objections but rather sincere appreciation for the efforts of the WHO Secretariat ,WHO-MH, civil society, NGOs, and member c=states for the ongoing cooperative efforts to get GMH to this point.  The next step will be to "tweak" a few items (targets and criteria for example) although nothing major regarding the vision, goal, objectives, cross-cutting themes, etc.  The Action Plan will then go the the World Health Assembly in May 2013 for discussion/debate and hopefully approval.

In addition to the 25 countries that made supportive statements and some recommendations, the WFMH rounded off the comments with a helpful statement from the floor (about the Great Push, the survey done that harmonizes well with the Action Plan, the relevance for mental health in a special UN GA assembly and for the next version of the MDGs (sustainable development goals 2015).  

The zero draft of the Action Plan gives the overall Vision and Goal:


**Vision: A world in which mental health is valued, mental disorders are effectively prevented, and in which persons affected by these disorders are able to access evidence-based health and social care and exercise the full range of human rights to attain the highest possible level of health and functioning free from stigma and discrimination.

**Goal: To promote mental well-being, prevent mental disorders, and reduce the mortality and disability for persons with mental disorders.

For more information on the Action Plan:


Also see these two updates: 

New Action Plan Could be a Turning Point in GMH (GlobalPost,  28 Janaury 2013)



Warm greetings,



Dr. Kelly O'Donnell

MHPS Working Group, NGO Forum for Health


Global Mental Health

**A Resource Map for Connecting and Contributing (article: July 2011)

**Finding Your Niches and Networks (article: March 2012)

**A Resource Primer for Exploring the Domain (article: July 2012)

**GMH-Map: A Global Map for a Global Movement (website