Global Mental Health

INTEGRATED INNOVATIONS TO IMPROVE TREATMENTS AND EXPAND ACCESS TO CARE

Mental disorders contribute to 14% 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. Even in contexts where treatment is available, widespread stigmatization faced by those living with mental disorders means that they are often unwilling or unable to access this care. 

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

Our current portfolio includes innovations aimed at addressing the following challenges:

GMH-diagramFor example:

  • A smart phone EEG to diagnose seizure disorders
  • Screening for neurodevelopmental disorders during vaccine campaigns
  • Addressing adolescent depression through community radio
  • Using cultural therapy to counter youth violence
  • A website for psychosocial support in emergencies
  • User operated pharmacies
  • Training spiritual leaders to be providers of community mental health care
  • Mobile clinics to extend psychological first aid in post conflict settings
  • Tackling severe mental illness in homeless adults through long-term care in shared living spaces.

 

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Grand Challenges Canada supports the Mental Health Innovation 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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Please submit queries to globalmentalhealth@grandchallenges.ca.