Columbia University – WHO Collaborating Center for Global Mental Health
The CU – WHO Collaborating Center for Global Mental Health is an organization based at Columbia University Medical Center that champions innovative research, education and advocacy in global mental health.
Billion Minds Institute
The aim of safeguarding population mental health takes on new urgency and relevance in the context of climate change. Often eclipsed by attention to the “hardware” of needed transformation in energy systems, transportation, food sources, etc, is the crucial importance of the “software” of human experience, civic action, and resilience. Advancing a humane and regenerative social climate—the emotional capacity and resilience, collective efficacy, and social ties and supports for human sustainability—will require aggressive new thinking and bold action, and adds urgency to long overdue investment and innovation to right-size approaches for mental health.
To start, doing that has to engage the mass effects of emotional and psychological change and damage at the level literally of billions. It involves answering the question: how do mental health systems and knowledge advance the social climate?–especially as that may well determine whether more aggressive climate policies, technical innovations, and antidotes to an entrenched status quo, will work. These are not the typical starting points of public mental health. They call for new collaborations and partnerships, knowledge and data sharing, tools and policy directions, methods and testable ideas—linking social innovators and mental health innovators.
Billion Minds Institute will be an anchor “think-action tank” to provoke and mobilize content, aims, learning, and policy momentum building blocks for this new field of applied mental health for human sustainability to work and grow. Its key initial objectives and initial projects at the same time involve work with, on the one hand, local groups as co-creators of tools and methods, and on the other hand, high-level leaderships on adopting these needed ambitions and possibilities for the mental health field. Those core objectives are:
- Grow civic power for sustainability and climate response
- Re-engineer mental health work to bolster and protect that
- Sustain the right network(s) and learning to do these things
Love is EleMental: A Benefit Cabaret at Joe’s Pub
On Monday evening, Feb. 26, 2020 – prize-winning concert pianist, Elaine Kwon, will perform and curate a line-up of exceptional talent, many of whom have taken a stand to improve mental health understanding and services in their communities. Love is EleMental is an annual event honoring the arts and mental health and celebrates the unique ways in which the arts can work in the service of communicating and educating people about mental health and mental illness. See more information here.
“This evening marks our 4th annual event and features a stellar line up of musicians, writers and theater luminaries, all performing in the intimate setting of Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater.
Ride with our 2020 Five Boro Bike Team!
The Columbia–WHO Center for Global Mental Health is assembling a team to ride in this year’s TD Five Boro Bike Tour on May 3rd in New York City. All proceeds will support groundbreaking research and program initiatives worldwide that reduce the burden of mental illness. We are pleased to be supporting their effort! Click below to learn more about the Five Boro Bike Team and register to ride with us.Register to ride with our team here
TELL Japan is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing world-class, effective support and counseling services to Japan’s international community as well as helping to address the country’s growing mental health care needs. The Global Fund for Mental Health has supported volunteer training programs for the TELL Japan Lifeline, has funded training programs for the counseling staff and has provided support for general fundraising needs of the organization. The Global Fund for Mental Health continues to provide philanthropic support to TELL Japan as it continues to provide essential mental health services in Japan.
Other Global Connections
Healthier, Longer Lives: An International Conference
Many people will celebrate their 80th, 90th, or even 100th birthday — but statistically people with serious mental illness don’t have the same chance at growing old. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), people living with serious mental illness have a life expectancy that is 10-20 years shorter than average. Fountain House has teamed up with WHO to put an end to that disparity.
Fountain House and the World Health Organization are establishing guidelines and best practices to extend and improve the quality of life for people living with mental illness to be implemented by governments and health care professionals around the world.
Fountain House, in partnership with the WHO collaborating Center for Global Mental Health at Columbia University Medical center, Grand Challenges Canada, and citiesRISE, will host an international conference, Healthier, Longer Lives for People with Serious Mental Illness on November 8-9, 2018 in New York. The conference will be technically supported by WHO.