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2021 Global Mental Health Events

Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on in-person events, please follow the links or contact the organizers to confirm the most up-to-date information.

Save the Date:
Maternal Mental Health Technical Consultation 

Save the Date for the upcoming Maternal Mental Health Technical Consultation hosted by USAID’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership, in collaboration with WHO and UNFPA, on September 7-9, 2021. This three-day technical consultation will bring together members of the maternal, newborn, child health, nutrition, and mental health communities to collaborate and inform the path forward for Maternal Mental Health to ensure that pregnant and postpartum women receive the respectful and nurturing care they need and deserve.

Register Today:
IDEAL Food Security COVID-19 Learning Event featuring the Caregiver Mental Health Knowledge Sharing Series
June 21-24 | Virtual

Facilitated by IDEAL, the Food Security COVID-19 Learning Event will create an opportunity for practitioners to reflect on lessons learned from implementing emergency and non-emergency food security activities during the COVID-19 pandemic and the innovations and adaptations that resulted from the response to a changing environment.

The Caregiver Mental Health Knowledge Sharing Series and the products developed by the Advocacy, Implementation, and Research task forces will be highlighted during the Tuesday, June 22nd session at 06:30 EST / 13:30 EAT. Register here!


15 September 2021 — Online — International Conference by the UCL Institute of Mental Health

21-24 September 2021 — Online and in Gold Coast, Australia — 31st World Congress of the International Association of Suicide Prevention

22-24 September 2021 — Online and in Goa, India — 17th Annual INEBRIA Conference by Sangath

29 September-1 October 2021 — Online — 10 European Conference on Mental Health by Evipro


21-23 October 2021 — V International Conference on Mental Health Care “Mental Health: Global challenges of XXI century”


2-5 November 2021 — London, UK — World Mental Health Congress


6-17 December 2021 — Goa, India — Leadership in Mental Health course by Sangath

Past Caregiver Mental Health Series Events

Sub-Saharan Africa Caregiver Mental Health Knowledge Sharing Series Launch & Product Launch
October 20th & 27th, November 10th & 17th, 2020 | April 27th, 2021

With generous support from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and from the Eleanor Crook Foundation, a Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)-focused Caregiver Mental Health Knowledge Sharing Series began with a set of webinars from October to November 2020. Through a series of four dynamic virtual sessions, a diverse set of speakers focused on the importance and impact of caregiver mental health and health, nutrition and food security; case studies of integrating mental health interventions into traditional development programming; the state of the evidence on research related to caregiver mental health; and advocacy and funding efforts aimed at elevating caregiver mental health globally. Subsequently, three Task Forces were formed - focusing on Implementation, Research, and Advocacy. These workgroups developed novel resources and tools, which were disseminated via a global webinar in April 2021. See the "Resources" tab to view the Series launch and product reveal presentations and Task Force final products.

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.

Other Past Mental Health Events

2021 Global Mental Health Research Without Borders Conference - This conference is organized jointly by the US National Institute for Mental Health and Grand Challenges Canada. The online forum included discussions with panelists from the six continents. View the agenda and presenter bios from the April 2021 conference here.

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 was made possible by grants from The Implementer-Led Design, Evidence, Analysis and Learning (IDEAL) Activity and the Eleanor Crook Foundation (ECF). 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.