GMHPN

Strengthening the voice of mental health care users globally through empowerment and inspiring respect and acknowledgement of the experiences, views and opinions of mental health care users as valued citizens of the world


INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

The GMHPN was founded by Ms Charlene Sunkel, the Principal Coordinator of the Movement for Global Mental Health (MGMH) in 2017 and officially to be launched at the 5th Global Mental Health Summit that is taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, 8-9 February 2018. The GMHPN initiative derived from the Principal Coordinator’s vision for the MGMH to strengthen the voice of mental health care users globally.

RATIONALE BEHIND ESTABLISHING THE GMHPN

User movements and groups exist in many countries and functioning at various levels, some may struggle to exist, or may not exist at all. A global network may provide an opportunity to strengthen the ones that exist and assist the development where such movements or groups are lacking. At a global level, there’s a lack of collaboration amongst user movements and a global network could form a stronger and united voice in mental health through addressing human rights violations and issues that affecting persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities together. Such a network could also provide a platform for support, sharing of experiences and good practice, and linking up with relevant resources and potential partners. This will tie in with the MGMH’s current vision to strengthen the voice of persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities globally. At the same time, a Global Mental Health Peer Network will further provide for an ideal platform for persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities to be a key partner in mental health and have a direct link to researchers, policy makers, and professionals in the field of mental health and human rights, and governments in the upscaling of mental health care and services.



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