Global Mental Health

INTEGRATED INNOVATIONS TO IMPROVE TREATMENTS AND EXPAND ACCESS TO CARE

Mental disorders contribute to 13% of the global burden of disease worldwide. Almost three quarters
of this burden occurs in low- and middle-income countries where scare resources and a shortage of
trained professionals mean individuals living with mental disorders have limited access to evidence based
treatments and face widespread stigmatization.

We support bold ideas to improve treatments and expand access to care for mental disorders
through transformational, affordable and cost-effective innovations which have the potential
to be sustainable at scale. Our current portfolio includes innovations aimed at addressing the
following challenges:

GMH-diagramTOTAL INVESTMENTS TO DATE:
$31.5 million in 49 projects
throughout Africa, Asia, and South and
Latin America/the Caribbean and the
Mental Health Innovation Network.



For example:
• A smart phone EEG to diagnose seizure disorders
• Screening for neurodevelopmental disorders during vaccine campaigns
• User operated pharmacies
• Addressing adolescent depression through community radio
• Using cultural therapy to counter youth violence
• A website for psychosocial support in emergencies
• New implementation model for severe mental health disorders
• Mobile clinics to extend psychological first aid in post conflict settings.


For more details: Global Mental Health − Information Sheet (PDF).

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Round 3 of the Global Mental Health program is now closed, the application deadline was
January 9, 2014. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions as outlined in the request for proposals.

 

MENTAL HEALTH INNOVATION NETWORK

logoGrand Challenges Canada supports the Mental Health Innovations Network. The Network aims to facilitate the development and uptake of effective mental health innovations by enabling learning, enhancing linkages, disseminating knowledge and leveraging resources: mhinnovation.net

The Network’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.

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QUERIES

Please submit queries to globalmentalhealth@grandchallenges.ca.