Global Mental Health @Harvard

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GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard is an interdisciplinary initiative that aspires to elevate the profile of mental health as a fundamental public good and universal human right. GMH@Harvard was launched in response to the unmet needs for mental health care in all countries. The world needs radically scaled up efforts to promote mental health—through policy, prevention, treatment, and other actions to enable recovery from mental disorders—and to reduce the colossal suffering and loss to individuals, families, communities and nations.

The GMH@Harvard Initiative is a joint effort of the Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Global Health Institute. We envision a world where mental health is valued and realized for all. We work towards this goal by focusing on transforming global mental health through education, research, innovation, and engagement.

Objective

We aim to inspire members of the Harvard community to elevate the profile of mental health as a fundamental public good and a universal human right. Through a combination of teaching, networking, collaborative research and engagement with other institutions, innovators, and communities, we seek to build the capacity of future generations of scholars in this field and to resolve the most pressing challenges in global mental health.

Programming

Through a combination of teaching, networking, collaborative research and engagement with other institutions, innovators, and communities, we seek to build the capacity of future generations of scholars in this field and to resolve the most pressing challenges in global mental health.

We Aim To

  • Foster student and faculty engagement, mentorship and networking to promote innovative approaches to mental health;
  • Offer novel educational opportunities across the range of learning needs from community health workers to post-doctoral researchers;
  • Catalyze interdisciplinary research to address the grand challenges in prevention and care;
  • Work with governments and civil society to protect the human rights of persons affected by mental health problems and scale up mental health programs

Upcoming event

GMH@Harvard: “How Did I Get Here?” Career Paths in Mental Health Series – Clinical focus

The purpose of the panel webinar series is to highlight and learn from the career paths of individuals who have been successful in diverse aspects of global mental health work. These seminars will seek to connect students and interested individuals to professionals in the field by understanding their career paths and how their passion and experiences led them to pursue a career in global mental health. It also serves to encourage individuals to find their own path in the global mental health community.

Education

Events

Harvard’s Global Mental Health community comes together around a few key events each year, on the Harvard campus and abroad. These events serve as occasions to engage students and faculty, and showcase exemplary research and practice.

Check out our past events on the Events page above.

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Research

Story Submission

We want to hear from you! We know our readers are passionate about mental health and have a diverse range of experiences, and we would like to learn from you.

Whether you are actively working in the field of global mental health or have in the past we welcome you to write a short piece about your work and insight for others. Pieces from all career levels – student organizations, clinical work, research, non-profit management, etc. – will be considered so that we can capture a wide array of perspectives and voices throughout our community.

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Policy

Priority Workstreams

Our Priority Workstreams Initiative will seed, scale, and sustain a set of work-packages which seek to transform mental health globally. The Initiative has identified priority work-streams that seek to address five structural barriers:

  • Lack of a workforce
  • Lack of effective leadership
  • Lack of accountability
  • Rising burden of mental health problems in young people
  • Human rights violations of persons with mental health problems

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