About the MGMH

The Movement for Global Mental Health as a network of individuals and institutions that aim to improve services for people living with mental health conditions and mental disorders worldwide, was the catalyst for the establishment of the Global Mental Health Peer Network. The Movement for Global Mental Health’s secretariat is currently based at the Global Mental Health Peer Network.

The goals of the Movement for Global Mental Health are to improve the availability, accessibility and quality of services for persons with mental health conditions and mental disorders by scaling up services through the fundamental principles of scientific evidence and human rights. Through its coalition of civil society, the Movement for Global Mental Health provides an equal engagement platform where contributions are equally valued and where persons with lived experience are acknowledged as equal partners in achieving mental health and wellbeing for all. Therefore, a strong relationship continues to exist between the Movement for Global Mental Health and the Global Mental Health Peer Network – allowing for partnership development between mental health professionals, researchers, policymakers, mental health organisations and persons with lived experience.

The MGMH has grown into a reputable global organisation since its establishment, to a membership of approximately225 institutions and over 15000 individuals, many of whom are actively involved. Members of the MGMH include individuals and families affected by mental health problems, health care providers, activists, decision makers and researchers worldwide. The MGMH owes its status to the dedication and drive of the Principal Coordinator, Secretariat, International Advisory Board, members and member organisations, all of whom do so through volunteerism.

The MGMH offers multiple benefits to both individuals and organisations that join its thousands of members, including possibilities for networkingknowledge sharingjoining national and international campaigningnews updatesand participation in a bi-annual summit.

Since the establishment of the MGMH, a biannual Summit had been hosted - the first in Athens in 2009, the second in Cape Town in 2011, the third in Bangkok in 2013, the 4th in Mumbai in 2015, and the 5th in Johannesburg in 2018. The 6th Summit will be hosted in Chennai, India in 2020.

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