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.
Ride with or Support our 2021 Five Boro Bike Team!
We are excited to announce that the Global Fund for Mental Health’s bike team is back and is ready to take on 40+ miles across NYC! It has been a challenging year and a half for the world and the importance of mental health – and programs that mitigate the impact of mental illness and bolster mental health – has come to the forefront. As an official charity partner, our bike team will pedal across the city to help raise awareness and funds for the many groundbreaking mental health initiatives around the world that we support. Please click below to ride as part of our team or to support our riders.Register to ride with or Support our team here
Fit Pro Relief Fund
The Fit Pro Relief Fund has been established by Kathie and Peter Davis and Inspire 360 to aid fitness professionals facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. This fund is for individuals who have fallen the hardest during this crisis. Please click here for complete information: Fit Pro Relief Fund
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.
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
Other Global Connections
Love is EleMental: A Benefit Cabaret at Joe’s Pub
On Monday evening, Feb. 26, 2020 – prize-winning concert pianist, Elaine Kwon, performed and curated 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.
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, hosted 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.