Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN)

Length of project: 
Funding sources: 
Grand Challenges Canada.
Centre members working on project: 
Grace Ryan, Lucy Lee, Mary DeSilva, Marguerite Regan


There is a growing commitment to develop, evaluate, and scale up promotion, prevention and treatment innovations for mental disorders around the world. The Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN) was initiated in June 2013 to nurture this commitment and accelerate progress towards implementation of these innovations with the ultimate goal of reducing the global burden of mental disorders.

MHIN’s activities are supported by a team of researchers and policy makers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s Centre for Global Mental Health and the World Health Organization’s Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse. MHIN is funded by Grand Challenges Canada.

 MHIN seeks to improve the lives of those affected by MNS disorders globally by facilitating the development and uptake of effective innovations to reduce the challenges they face. MHIN aims to do this by:

  • Enabling learning
  • Building partnerships
  • Synthesizing and disseminating knowledge
  • Leveraging resources

MHIN hosts and maintains an online repository of innovations in global mental health. Providing an overview of each innovation and its impact, the repository is designed to link users directly to tools, publications, and other materials developed by the innovators. Currently, the repository highlights innovations in treatment and care, acknowledging that those already affected by mental health problems deserve our most immediate attention. In time, the repository will be expanded to include the whole range of innovations in global mental health. Innovations are not endorsed by MHIN, but rather shared in the interest of open access to information and ideas.

 In 2014, the website will be enhanced to include further resources for the global mental health community. These include:

  • Communication tools including discussion forums and a broad social media presence
  • Capacity building tools such as webinars, ‘How To’ series and a repository of systematic reviews and knowledge summaries
  • Regular updates, including newsletters, blog articles and twitter feeds
  • More innovations, as more innovators upload their innovations, and new innovations are developed

Innovators from any country are encouraged to submit their innovations. For more information on how to share your innovation on the site, please email