The Movement for Global Mental Health

The Movement for Global Mental Health
aims to improve services for people with mental disorders worldwide

The Movement for Global Mental Health

there is no sustainable development without mental health

The Movement for Global Mental Health

together we can change the world

Movement for Global Mental Health

We use the term global mental health to refer to the mental health of individuals in countries all around the world, with an emphasis on low- and middle-income countries.

In talking about mental health, we also find ourselves talking about its inverse, often referred to in this website as mental disorders. We use the term mental disorders to refer to mental, neurological, or substance use disorders, as well as psycho-social disabilities. We recognize that the term mental disorders comes from a public health vocabulary, and we welcome any preferred alternatives in the discussion forums on this site.

Mental disorders include, among other illnesses, depression, anxiety, other affective disorders (often referred to as common mental disorders, because of their frequency) schizophrenia, bipolar and other forms of psychosis-related illnesses (often called severe mental disorders). They also include intellectual disabilities, neurological disorders such as epilepsy and dementia and  alcohol and drug abuse disorders. Manifestations of mental disorders vary across different cultural contexts and approaches to their prevention, detection and management can also vary accordingly. 

The focus of the Movement is not, however, only on the treatment of mental disorders, but also on their prevention and on the promotion of mental wellbeing.

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Volunteer Network

The MGMH appreciates the time and contributions from volunteers, who often assist with various activities, including:

  • Moderate the MGMH website and inform the Principal Coordinator of any irregularities or malfunctions in relation to the website
  • Source content/ write articles for the MGMH website, newsletter, social media
  • Add evidence-based resources to the website
  • Recruit members through promoting the MGMH
  • Assist with email enquiries – respond and refer to relevant resources
  • Identify potential funders for the MGMH activities
  • Assist with the planning and hosting of the biennial Global Mental Health Summit

Volunteers are now able to register with the MGMH Volunteer Network and find local and international events and opportunities to offer volunteer services. Just click on “Register as volunteer” on the Home Page, and in an instance, you are registered and can visit the Volunteer Portal to check out what opportunities are available.


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