The Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University
The Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University envisions a world in which mental illness loses its stigma and is recognized as a serious global issue that impacts all of us — economically, politically, and socially — whether or not we or our families are directly affected. The mission of the Global Fund for Mental Health is aligned with the mission of the Columbia Global Mental Health Program, and we are proud to provide support to its education and training efforts.
Love is EleMental: A Benefit Cabaret at Joe’s Pub
On Monday evening, February 11, 2019 – 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 event flyer here.
This evening, we will announce the fourth annual recipient of the Global Mental Health Award for Innovation in the Arts. A stellar line up of musicians, writers and theater luminaries will be performing in the intimate setting of Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater.
Ride with our 2019 Five Boro Bike Team!
The Global Mental Health Program is assembling a team to ride in this year’s TD Five Boro Bike Tour on May 5th 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.
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.