About us

A vast majority of the hundreds of millions of people living with mental, neurological and substance use disorders (MNS) do not have their basic health and social care needs met. The most striking inequity is that concerning the disparities in provision of care and respect for human rights of people living with mental disorders between rich and poor communities within and across countries. Eighty percent of these people live in low- and middle-income countries, but when it comes to mental health ‘all countries are developing’. Global Mental Health is the area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving mental health for all people worldwide.

Vision and Mission

The Centre for Global Mental Health is dedicated to advancing knowledge and action to reduce inequity in mental health and improve access to high-quality, evidence-based solutions across the world. We do this through inclusive and equitable collaboration with individuals, communities, and organisations in research, education, advocacy, policy, and practice.

Our Approach

Our approach is holistic and reflective, looking at fostering 1) world leading inter-disciplinary research spanning from clinical, epidemiological, ethnographic to health services, policy and implementation science research, to better understand the burden and develop, evaluate and scale up promotion, prevention and care for mental disorders; 2) a wide range of capacity building initiatives from postgraduate degrees to multi-country capacity building programmes; and 3) engagement with communities, community leaders, policy makers and global leaders to raise awareness and advocate for greater investment, local leadership and ownership in mental health research, training, policy and practice. Central to our activities is the collaboration with and empowerment of those with lived experience of mental, neurological and substance use conditions.

Centre For Global Mental Health Strategic Plan 2023-2026