The creation of the Committee has fostered a strong collaboration that has strengthened the efforts to bring understanding of and action on Mental Health issues to the global agenda of the United Nations.
The NGO Committee on Mental Health Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 1996 in collaboration with the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations. It is a coalition of NGOs in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the Department of Public Information, and the private and academic sectors.
Refugees, Immigrants and Mental Health
The Working Group on Refugees, Immigrants and Mental Health addresses the psychological, social and economic impact on people who have been internally or externally displaced from their homelands.
Racism, Related Intolerance and Mental Health
The Working Group on Racism, Related Intolerances and Mental Health focuses on promoting the integration of mental health perspectives into the implementation of the Durban Programme of Action (the outcome report of the World Conference Against Racism), the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and related human rights instruments.
Human Rights and Mental Health
The Working Group on Human Rights and Mental Health advocates for mental health and well-being in policy and planning at the UN. We promote attention to self-determination and self-representation of people suffering from discrimination due to psychiatric and/or emotional disabilities in every part of the world.
Current Projects and Studies
Suicidal behavior in female athletes worldwide
Feasibility study to improve mental health care in rural Bangladesh
Mental health training of primary care physicians in Afghanistan
Mental health in formerly imprisoned children worldwide