Global Mental Health @Harvard

NOTE: *Some links in the GMH@Harvard Domain may not be live as the website is still under construction – thank you for your patience*

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.


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.

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

Young Mental Health Leaders Series: Peer Support & Youth Mental Health

Co-Hosted by GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard & Mental Health America  Register for the webinar here!  With increasing rates of distress among young people, young leaders are stepping up to transform how we approach mental health. Youth peer support programs are growing in popularity because young people want them and because research shows peer support works. To build on



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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Impact Stories

Story Archive

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.

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Priority Workstreams

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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