Mental disorders are the largest contributors to disability globally, yet they are poorly understood and inadequately treated. The impact of mental illness and gaps in mental health resources are especially profound in low- and middle-income countries.
Professor of Psychology and Education in Psychiatry and Epidemiology at CUMC, College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University has the historic opportunity to be a leader in transforming the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders by participating in a global research initiative to narrow the treatment gap and stimulate the expansion of research and training in mental health. Columbia’s Global Mental Health Program is a key member of the World Health Organization (WHO) initiative to develop the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) used by WHO’s 194 member countries to describe all health conditions, including mental disorders. No other classification system impacts public health as directly as the ICD. Our program is centrally involved in this seminal research initiative by providing scientific leadership, data management and support in developing the world’s largest network of mental health professionals.
- Leveraging the CGC infrastructure, we will convene the leadership of the WHO ICD-11 Global Mental Health Research Consortium to manage the development and implementation of research on mental disorders and mental health;
- Given the enormous potential of this unique platform, we will expand the network by engaging regional expertise, with a focus on LMICs where mental health is an emerging public health priority;
- Recognizing that the future of global mental health depends on mentoring and engaging students and early career scholars, the third component of our proposal focuses on education and training.
This proposal draws together four Global Centers. With the essential support of the centers and the funds, this initiative will establish a sustained and dynamic network in global mental health that profoundly advances scientific knowledge and treatment of mental disorders globally.