Global Mental Health @Harvard
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.
Our Vision is a world where mental health is valued and achieved for all.
Our Mission is to foster a collaborative and cross-disciplinary academic community dedicated to transforming mental health of the world’s population through education, research, innovation, and engagement.
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
Register here. A recent report from the Trevor Project showed that almost half of all LGBTQ+ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in 2020. At the same time, only half of the youth surveyed could access wanted mental health care. As we work to build better systems, young people are leading the way in creating conversations
Read here interviews with those actively working in the field of global mental health and blog posts written by our Ambassador Board members.
Interested in writing or being interviewed? We have a diverse community at Harvard and beyond with varying degrees of experiences and stories to share – and we want to hear 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.
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