About the Movement

The Movement for Global Mental Health (MGMH) is a virtual network of individuals and organisations that aim to improve services for people living with mental health problems and psychosocial disabilities worldwide, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) where effective services are often scarce.

Two principles are fundamental to the Movement: scientific evidence and human rights.


The history of the MGMH began in 2007 with a Call for Action published in the first Lancet series on Global Mental Health. Through volunteerism and collaboration, the MGMH has gradually grown to a stage where members are able to share ideas, initiate activities and seek resources, often in partnership with other members.


The MGMH has grown into a reputable global organisation since its establishment, to a membership of approximately 225 institutions and over 15000 individuals, many of whom are actively involved. An average of 20 (legitimate) new membership applications are received monthly that indicates a continuous growth. 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 networking, knowledge sharing, joining national and international campaigning, news updates and 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 next Summit is due to be hosted in 2020/ 2021.


Key Objectives of the MGMH:

  • Improve understanding of the causes of mental disorders
  • Advocate for access to affordable, accessible and effective treatments to improve the lives of people living with mental disorders across the globe
  • Advocate for improved availability, accessibility and quality of services for persons with mental disorders by scaling up services through the fundamental principles of scientific evidence and human rights
  • Promote a human rights, person-centred and recovery approach to mental health care and services


MGMH provides a platform to engage civil society (professionals and persons with lived experience, included) by sharing:

  • Evidence-based information
  • Innovations and scalable interventions
  • Actual experiences of persons with lived experience
  • Influence/ develop policy and plans for a global and national response to mental health
  • Promotion of participation in opportunities and events that discuss issues reflecting on the status in mental health coverage, gaps in service delivery, progress and best practice in mental health globally


Through its coalition of civil society, the MGMH 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.

The organisation of the Movement is the joint responsibility of the Secretariat based at Global Mental Health Peer Network, and the international Advisory Board, who act in accordance with the Movement’s Charter.

Make a donation to the Movement for Global Mental Health and support the work of the Movement. CLICK HERE to make a donation. Complete your details and follow the prompts to where you select “credit card” to finalize payment. *Make sure that you add in brackets the word “Summit” after your email address. E.g. name@gmail.com (MGMH)

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