Engaging policymakers

Engaging Policymakers

The Centre for Global Mental Health’s significant policy impact continues to inform and accelerate the growing commitment to developing, evaluating and scaling up global mental health promotion, prevention and treatment interventions worldwide. On this page we provide a sample of the kinds of projects we are working on in this regard.

Influencing Mental Health Policy and Planning in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

PRIME: PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE

A PRIME fieldworker conducting an interview in NepalPRIME is a consortium of research institutions and Ministries of Health in five countries in Asia and Africa (India, Nepal, Ethiopia, South Africa & Uganda). The goal of PRIME is to generate world-class research evidence on the implementation and scale up of treatment programmes for priority mental disorders in primary and maternal health care in low resource settings. In July 2013, the Department of Health in South Africa adopted its new national Mental Health Policy and Action plan, for which PRIME provided inputs through the national technical advisory committee for mental health. In Nepal, PRIME training has been incorporated into the National Health Training Center curriculum. In Uganda, work continues with the Ministry of Health and World Vision Australia to scale up mental health services in two additional districts. PRIME has been asked to contribute to state level planning for mental health in Madya Pradesh, India.

CGMH Contact: mary.desilva@lshtm.ac.uk

Influencing Health and Social Policy for Older People Worldwide

The 10/66 Dementia Research Group

An elderly couple being interviewed in Daxing, rural ChinaThe 10/66 Dementia Research Group is a collective of researchers carrying out population-based research into dementia, non-communicable diseases and ageing in low and middle income countries. The collaboration brings together 30 research groups in 20 countries across Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. 10/66 aims to provide a detailed evidence-base to inform the development and implementation of policies for improving the health and social welfare of older people, particularly those with dementia and their carers. The team works closely with national, regional and international policymakers to formulate research plans and to interpret and disseminate knowledge from the 10/66 studies.

CGMH Contact: martin.prince@kcl.ac.uk

Influencing Mental Health Innovation Worldwide

Mental Health Innovation Network

A screenshot of the Mental Health Innovation Network

The Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN: mhinnovation.net) is a knowledge exchange hub for a global community of mental health stakeholders, including researchers, practitioners, service users, donors, and policy makers, working together to share innovative resources and ideas to promote mental health and support scale-up of mental health services. MHIN hosts a growing database of over 150 innovative projects from around the world, as well as a repository of resources ranging from training manuals for specific interventions to the latest systematic reviews. The site also features a community area where our 3000+ members can network through blogs, podcasts, webinars, and discussion forums.

CGMH Contact: mhin@lshtm.ac.uk