Global Mental Health

May 20, 2021

GMH Newsletter Featured Topics – May 2021

2021 May Newsletter May is Mental Health Month! Mental Health Awareness month was launched in 1949 by Mental Health America, and each year the organization announces a theme and materials to educate the public about mental illnesses, bring attention to people with lived experience, and to promote strategies for sustaining mental health. This year’s theme…

April 30, 2021

GMH Newsletter Featured Topics – April 2021

2021 April Newsletter Spotlight: UW eDGH New Global Mental Health Course UW Global Mental Health Program, in collaboration with eDGH, recently launched a new online course on Global Mental Health for health professionals around the world. Developed by Dr. Christopher Kemp and Dr. Deepa Rao, this 10-week course covered key issues in global mental health,…

June 5, 2020

GMH Newsletter Featured Topics – June 2020

Link to full newsletter here Perspectives from GMH Faculty on racial justice and sustainable change June 2020 was an historic month in Seattle and around the world as protests against police brutality and in support of Black lives expanded. In Seattle, as elsewhere, a space opened for Black students, staff and faculty in our university…

May 5, 2020

GMH Newsletter Featured Topics – May 2020

Digital Solutions to Mental Health Needs in the United States Mental Health in the Digital Age Videoconferencing with a psychiatrist, a pill that is tracked by a smartphone app when swallowed, and virtual reality treatments are all ways in which technology is rapidly transforming mental healthcare. Digital health is a booming sector that helps close…

April 5, 2020

GMH Newsletter Featured Topics – April 2020

Perspectives from Seattle: COVID-19 and Mental Health The current COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in widespread recommendations or mandates for physical distancing in countries across the globe. Stay-at-home orders, school closures, and abrupt changes to behavioral patterns have left millions with disrupted social networks. Although the literature on the mental health effects of epidemics is limited…

March 5, 2020

GMH Newsletter Featured Topics – March 2020

Changing the Mental Health System from the Bottom Up: The Friendship Bench “Bottom-Up” Implementation: The Friendship Bench Worldwide, 80% of individuals with common mental illnesses reside in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), but LMICs, on average, allocate less than 0.5% of their national budgets on mental healthcare, while high income countries typically spend over 5%…

February 5, 2020

GMH Newsletter Featured Topics – February 2020

Featured Topic: Introduction to Global Mental Health at UW The last decade was one of considerable change and development for the global mental health field. In 2007, The Lancet medical journal featured a series of articles related to global mental health, marking a “call to action” that is widely considered to be a catalyst for the growth in visibility and…

November 30, 2018

Global Mental Health by The Borgen Project

Researchers and scholars in global mental health from all over the world gathered to launch the 2018 Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development on The University of Washington’s campus on Friday, October 19. The 28 Commissioners worked for three years to produce a comprehensive report on the status and progress of the…

October 18, 2018

Opinion: It’s time all sectors of society address mental health

We live in a developing country when it comes to mental health, one of the most neglected areas of health in the world. That’s the conclusion of a Lancet Commission on global mental health that I helped author. I’m one of 28 commissioners from around the world who wrote the report, declaring a crisis of…

October 14, 2018

Global mental health experts convene in Geneva

The WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Forum met in Geneva, from Oct 11-12. The theme of this year’s meeting is Accelerating Country Action on Mental Health.

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