Supporting policy engagement for the Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN)

June 2014 to May 2016

MHIN works with 64 mental health projects across Asia, Africa, and the Americas, as well as the broader global mental health community. This project, funded by Grand Challenges Canada and managed by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the World Health Organisation, aims to:

  • Support understanding of challenges and opportunities for mental health as a policy issue.
  • Review appropriate policy engagement strategies.
  • Extract and share lessons from the experiences of network members.

The project runs from June 2014 to November 2016 and has five parts:

  1. To produce a report mapping the context of policy-making processes within the global mental health sector and recommending engagement strategies.
  2. Country visits to priority projects, helping to map local context and develop tailored policy engagement plans.
  3. A series of workshops to improve mental health policy-maker and researcher skills, and helping capture successes and failures in mental health research uptake to share across the network.
  4. An analysis of the mental health donor context post-2015, mapping new players, strengths and upcoming policy windows.
  5. To produce a toolkit for MHIN teams to maximise their policy influence.

This project contributes to RAPID’s third outcome, making developing organisations smarter.


10 things to know about mental health

Briefing papers | May 2016 | Jessica Mackenzie, Christie Kesner, Louise Ball, Hannah Caddick
Infographics illustrate the shocking extent of the world's mental health funding gap, why it matters and how we can do more to address it.

Global mental health policy influence toolkit

Toolkits | June 2015 | Jessica Mackenzie and Caroline Cassidy
A set of tools for researchers working in global mental health. Designed to be used by project teams, tools can be applied individually or together as part of wider strategic planning.

Global mental health from a policy perspective

Research reports and studies | November 2014 | Jessica Mackenzie
How can mental health get the policy traction it needs in developing countries? A new report from ODI for the Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN) explores key obstacles and looks at strategies for better engagement with decision-makers.

Why mental health hasn't gone mainstream

Comment | 11 November 2014 | Jessica Mackenzie
Mental illness affects one in four people globally, yet this health issue does not yet receive the attention or the funding that it warrants from policy-makers . Why is this case - and what can we do about it?
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