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Upcoming Events

NEW! Registration is Open for the Virtual Launch of the Sub-Saharan Africa Series -- October 20th & 27th, November 10th & 17th, 2020


With generous support from the Eleanor Crook Foundation and from the USAID Office of Food for Peace, a Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)-focused Caregiver Mental Health Knowledge Sharing Series is launching! Reserve your spot to participate in an interactive, highly dynamic virtual "Mini-Series" set of live and offline learning components spread across October and November that will set the Sub-Saharan Africa series in motion. 

  • Gain an understanding of the evidence-base, as well as research gaps, related to caregiver mental health disorders in SSA and the correlations and potential causal pathways between caregiver mental health, child growth, nutrition, and food security. 
  • Explore case studies throughout SSA illustrating opportunities for integration of mental health services into food security and nutrition programming.
  • Hear from experts at the World Health Organization, UNICEF, United for Global Mental Health and other policy, funding, and advocacy leaders on the path forward for advancing mental health on the global agenda.
  • Form linkages with implementers, researchers, advocates, and funders from across sectors who share a vested interest in caregiver mental health.

Task Force Updates

A critical component of the Caregiver Mental Health Knowledge Sharing Series is the work of the Task Forces. These working groups are committed to advancing the implementation, research, policies and funding related to the mental health of caregivers and its implication on the health, nutrition, and food security of children and households. Find a snapshot below of the current focus of each group. Connect to join or collaborate with one of these working groups!

- Implementation Task Force

The Implementation working group aims to assess the state of evidence and global engagement on caregiver mental health as it relates to food security and nutrition by conducting a Landscape Analysis.  Contact if you are aware of global programs, policies, or protocols related to mental health integration into food security and nutrition initiatives.

- Research Task Force

This Task Force is working towards: (a) a structured review on understanding the relationships between mental health and diets and nutrition, and to identify mediating and confounding factors,  as well as (b) an evidence-based conceptual framework outlining what is known about linkages and pathways between mental health and diets and nutrition.

- Advocacy Task Force

Members of the Advocacy Task Force are working on a position paper highlighting the evidence and importance of caregiver mental health in global affairs among U.S. Senate Foreign Relations staff. The Task Force aims to gain bipartisan support to urge Congress to adopt a non-binding resolution that could be used as a tool to petition funders to integrate the topic into funding mechanisms.

Past Events

Caregiver Mental Health Knowledge Sharing Series Launch Event
November 11th, 2019 | Washington, D.C.

Representatives from a diverse array of organizations, academic institutions, advocacy groups, and funding entities came together in Washington D.C. for the launch of the Caregiver Mental Health Knowledge Sharing Series. The event included interactive sessions on the current state of affairs related to caregiver mental health interventions, widely endorsed approaches, and the related evidence base. Round table discussions and small group work allowed individuals to collaboratively discuss priority next-steps related to implementation, research, and advocacy to advance caregiver mental health globally.

Contact for meeting minutes and presentations or to join a Task Force related to Implementation, Research, or Advocacy.

Other Mental Health Events

Caring for the Caregiving Mind Expert Convening: Exploring Successful Approaches to Improve Maternal and Caregiver Mental Health for the Benefit of Young Children, facilitated by the Bernard van Leer Foundation, was held October 15th – 16th, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. This meeting aimed to increase collective understanding of the evidence base and the scale of maternal and caregiver mental health needs, particularly in relation to the development of young children, to review examples of what’s working well in different contexts to address maternal and caregiver mental health, and to build awareness and momentum among a diverse and influential group of policymakers, practitioners, researchers, campaigners and others to address maternal and caregiver mental health at scale. See the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s policy brief on maternal mental health here.

International Conference on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) was held October 7th -8th, 2019 in Amsterdam. This international conference brought together MHPSS experts with those responsible for policy, planning and financing from government institutions and organizations in both affected and partner countries. Find conference program materials and a video wrap-up of the conference here.

Mental Health in Africa: Innovation and Investment was held on November 20th, 2019 organized by the Royal African Society and the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with support from the Wellcome Trust. This landmark conference highlighted current innovations shaping mental healthcare in Africa today and develop a practical roadmap to work towards the continent achieving the goals of the World Health Organization’s Mental Health Action Plan. Find video recordings, photos, and podcasts from the conference here

WHO Mental Health Forum was held October 14th-15th, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland provided an opportunity for diverse stakeholders to discuss progress on WHO’s Mental Health Action Plan in countries. The theme was “Enhancing Country Action on Mental Health,” reflecting the WHO’s Thirteenth General Programme of Work, 2019-2023. The meeting highlighted the recently released WHO launch of the mhGAP Community Toolkit and the WHO Special Initiative on Mental Health. Find video recordings of plenary sessions here

World Mental Health Congress, organized by the World Federation for Mental Health, took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 5 - 8, 2019. The theme of this Congress was “Inclusive Approaches in Mental Health. Clinic, Community and Rights”. The next World Mental Health Congress is planned for November 2nd – 5th, 2021 in London.


See the Globally Minded Website for a Continually Updated List of Upcoming and Past Events related to Global Mental Health, noting that many events may be postponed or transitioned to virtual meeting.

The Caregiver Mental Health Knowledge Sharing Series is made possible by the generous grant support from the Eleanor Crook Foundation and from The Implementer-Led Design, Evidence, Analysis and Learning (IDEAL) Activity. The IDEAL Small Grants Program is made possible by the generous support and contribution of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of the materials produced through the IDEAL Small Grants Program do not necessarily reflect the views of IDEAL, USAID, or the United States Government. This website is provided and maintained by Food for the Hungry.  For questions or inquiries please contact us at the email provided below or by clicking Contact Us.