The vast majority of the hundreds of millions of people with mental, neurological and substance use disorders (MNS) in the world do not have even their basic health care needs met. Most of these people live in low and middle income countries. Global mental health is the discipline concerned with addressing this public health crisis.
Our mission is to close the treatment gap for people living with mental, neurological and substance use disorders in low resource settings.
Our vision is to be a world leading centre fostering research and capacity building in policy, prevention, treatment and care for mental, neurological and substance abuse disorders in low resource settings.
While access to affordable, effective treatment is a problem in all world regions, the focus of the Centre’s work is on poorer countries, where health systems are greatly under-resourced, and populations particularly under-served. This was the call to action of the landmark 2007 Lancet Series on Global Mental Health and is the goal of the Movement for Global Mental Health.
The Centre for Global Mental Health (CGMH), launched on October 9th 2009, is a collaboration between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and King’s Health Partners (incorporating King’s College London), including the Institute of Psychiatry and three of London’s most successful NHS Foundation Trusts). It aims to build on the existing collaborations and complementary strengths of these two institutions to foster research and training in policy, prevention, treatment and care.
The Centre is jointly led by co-Directors Professors Vikram Patel and Martin Prince and Deputy Directors Dr Mary De Silva and Dr Melanie Abas. It comprises academic staff and PhD students from both institutions.
On this website, you can find out about the CGMH's projects, publications and teaching and training programs, as well as the people involved in the Centre's work. We also provide links to past and current CGMH news and events, and some useful CGMH and general GMH resources. In addition, we include details on how you can join the Centre.
Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN)
Click here to find out more about our Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN), an online repository of innovations in global mental health