GHI Research - Center for Global Mental Health

Global Mental Health

Mental health issues impose an enormous disease burden on societies across the world. Depression alone affects 350 million people globally and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Despite its enormous social burden, mental disorders continue to be driven into the shadows by stigma, prejudice and fear. The issue is becoming ever more urgent in light of the forced migration and sustained conflict we are seeing in many countries of the world.  


  • The World Bank and the World Health Organization during the World Bank-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings, aim to move mental health from the margins to the mainstream of the global development agenda. The event will engage finance ministers, multilateral and bilateral organizations, the business community, technology innovators, and civil society and will emphasize the urgent investments needed in mental health services, and the expected returns in terms of health, social and economic benefits.
    • On April 13th-17th, a series of unprecedented events were convened in Washington D.C. in conjunction with the spring meeting of the World Bank Group, entitled “Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Health Development Priority.” The meeting was co-convened by the International Monetary Fund, the World Health Organization, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and Georgetown University.  
    • The final day of the meetings was a Symposium held at Georgetown University on “Transdisciplinary Perspectives” featuring Professor Janis Jenkins of UCSD Departments of Anthropology and Psychiatry, Panel Chair for “Conceptualizing Mental Health.”  Also attending was Professor Thomas Csordas, Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Co-Director of the newly inaugurated UCSD Global Health Institute, who spoke as an opening panelist on "Context and Mental Health: Culture, Poverty, and Religion."